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to think that having a packet of crisps a day is not healthy

(264 Posts)
Badgerwife Tue 08-Jan-13 12:20:40

or am I being precious?

I was having this discussion after watching Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods on tv with some friends yesterday, who all thought that having a packet a crisp a day was totally fine and clearly thought I was weird to think that it was totally unhealthy. I'll admit I was appalled surprised but this may be because I was brought up in France where you don't really eat crisps unless you're having a picnic, in fact, I'm not even sure you can buy individual packets. So it was a bit of a culture shock when I first moved to England when I realised it's a staple snack/lunch item.

Even now, I never have crisps in the house - unless I'm pregnant like now and I crave the salt content like crazy and they are moreish and delicious plus it's cheaper than my other craving which is McDonalds and way more shameful to admit to but then I worry about my cholesterol going up and clogged arteries with all the fat.

So AIBU?

theodorakisses Sat 12-Jan-13 05:38:48

I think it is a mouthful of potatoes actually. Its not like i go to the fridge, get a lump of lard out and cover it with salt. No wonder the UK has lost its grip with coping with health and obesity.

PretzelTime Fri 11-Jan-13 16:46:19

YABU, because no one food on its own is healthy or unhealthy

YABU. <smug smiley> Crisps are not proper food and yes proper food can be unhealthy. It can contain allergens and other unhealthy things.

It's all right to enjoy crisps - (as the food police I graciously allow you to wink)(not that I understand why you like 'em) most people have something unhealthy that they like. Like chocolate. Mmmm, chocolate.

Viviennemary Fri 11-Jan-13 16:41:47

If one packet of crisps a day is unhealthy does that mean if you have two or more that's OK. Presuming it must be. grin

Oblomov Fri 11-Jan-13 16:37:05

I LOVE crisps. One of my favourite foods. I have no idea why but I really love them.

tittytittyhanghang Fri 11-Jan-13 16:06:04

YABU, because no one food on its own is healthy or unhealthy imo.

And today i have four bags of space raiders for my dinner. And they were immensely tasty. And i wont hear any bad thing against them.

kerala Fri 11-Jan-13 15:10:57

YANBU. A mouthful of fat and salt yum. No wonder obesity rates are rocketing <munches ryvita have stone to lose after Christmas>

PretzelTime Fri 11-Jan-13 14:17:07

boring old pretzels

Ooooh buuuuurn

Onezerozero Fri 11-Jan-13 08:20:48

I used to have crisps every day as a child, as did DH.
He would still eat a packet daily, and he does if we ever buy some.
I never eat crisps. I'm not denying myself- I just find them a very unsatisfying food.
I put half a pack into DD's lunch box maybe once a term. I'd rather give her a few cubes of cheese as her savoury snack. It seems more like real food. Or little sausages or something.

theodorakisses Fri 11-Jan-13 07:37:37

I would rather be unreasonable than eat boring old pretzels. Anyway, aren't pretzels American? If so the MN elite will have to slate those as well. Anything American is just dreadful darling.

PretzelTime Fri 11-Jan-13 00:35:13

I can only eat a small handful of crisps - there is something seriously gross about them, and that's not coming from someone who is a super health freak (see name)
YABU if you eat lots of crisps <controversial>

Punkatheart Thu 10-Jan-13 23:08:35

Stop this crispy porn, you heartless harlots. I hear the rustle of packets in my head, smell the sweet tang of vinegar, dream of that crunch on my teeth and the salty swallow.

It's like sex but.....................better.

Happymum22 Thu 10-Jan-13 23:05:25

The cafe where we eat lunch at work stocks these 'salty dog' crisps. They are incredibly addictive.

I bought crisps when the children were young 7 ish years ago and there wasn't so much healthy eating promotion. Lots of people had crisps nearly everyday in their lunch box of after school. Last few years I only buy them for occasions like Christmas or for with drinks if people are coming over.

Then I tried salty dogs and every day i swore each morning I wouldnt buy them but someone would get a packet and eat them in front of me. Having no self control I always ended up getting them. They are disgusting- dripping in salt and I'm surprised just one packet doesn't give you a heart attack or diabetes or something! I felt gross after and hate doing bad things to my body. A packet a day is generally too much IMO but can't talk then again depends on the rest of your diet.
New Years Resolution- no salty dogs. Going ok so far!

StuntNun Thu 10-Jan-13 22:48:43

I love crisps, they are my favouritist of foods, yes even more than chocolate. Sometimes I have two bags in a day. If they're Doritos I could probably eat three bags in a day if I tried hard. I don't have a problem with them as my diet is otherwise pretty healthy.

meadow2 Thu 10-Jan-13 22:42:41

Probably not the healthiest but definitely wont make you fat.

Punkatheart Thu 10-Jan-13 22:40:40

You will all turn into salt monsters:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwvZjDsBe2c

Oh yes you will.

(Model from Star Trek - how unlucky were the crew? They always picked pretty girls/women who were beasts or psychos)

WilsonFrickett Thu 10-Jan-13 14:21:22

Theo is spending £5 for Tesco crisps and Punk is walking around licking teddy boys. What's going on people, has the salt gone to your brain?

theodorakisses Thu 10-Jan-13 14:15:38

I love Tesco blue striped crisps and, incongruously, they sell them in Qatar for £5 a six pack which makes me both posh and common. Take your pick, Punk.

Punkatheart Thu 10-Jan-13 13:11:53

I must admit to be a crisp snob. The last time I ate a cheap packet it felt as if I had just licked a teddy boy's hair.

Not a good thing.

Punkatheart Thu 10-Jan-13 13:11:00

Ha well you made mine!

It reads very funnily!

Do you feel lucky (spotty, fat, kidneys groaning with salt) punk?

Oh yeah, baby.

theodorakisses Thu 10-Jan-13 12:59:21

Using punk to poster name above not as when you say make my day punk

theodorakisses Thu 10-Jan-13 12:58:18

Deep ridge crisps sound a bit posh to me. Need to work harder on being common crisp eater punk

Punkatheart Thu 10-Jan-13 12:23:09

Darn you all! (Shakes fist)

After being drawn back to this thread I then bought a HUGE bag of crisps - Walkers Deep Ridge Salt and Malt Vinegar. My lips went pink, I drank the ocean and now I have a large volcanic spot on my cheek.

Shakes fist again.

(But they were bloody delicious)

WilsonFrickett Wed 09-Jan-13 19:26:43

I think you're only allowed a middle-class roast if you do it ironically and call it a 'roast dinner' with a roguish wink. And a five million pound organic chicken that's been happier than you.

theodorakisses Wed 09-Jan-13 18:27:42

Telco value ones are the best but you need at least 4 packs in one go, they are very small portions.

Anonymumous Wed 09-Jan-13 18:09:58

Oh really? I thought those organic poncey things were for people with more money than sense. Hmmm... maybe those are upper-middle-class, and roast dinners are lower-middle-class? Surely a roast dinner made with fresh ingredients is more respectable and worthy of higher status than the BirdsEye frozen-roast-dinner-on-a-plastic-plate-and-stuck-in-a-box variety?

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