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Chips May Be Better For You Than Salad, According To Science

By Jack Beresford

April 05, 2018

Eating a portion of hot chips, complete with salt and vinegar, may actually be better for you than a standard garden salad.

That’s according to research from scientists as the Israel based Weizmann Institute, after they conducted a study of 800 people who all ate the same meal.

But before anyone goes rushing off down the chipper, it’s probably worth noting that there’s pretty complicated science behind the claims and chips may not be good for everyone.

It’s all to do with your bloody sugar levels and the way the individual body reactions to the same foods, which can differ drastically.

The research highlighted how one type of food was found to cause a sharp spike in glucose levels for one individual but little in the way of a glycaemic response for another.

The study threw up some interesting case studies.

One female participant that suffered from pre-diabetes and obesity had struggled to lose weight with a variety of diets, with no success. The research showed that her blood sugar spiked when eating a simple tomato – something seemingly healthy.

Other participants experienced a more significant spike in blood sugar after eating a banana compared to when they ate a chocolate biscuit.

Yet the most fascinating finding came with one test subject, who experienced little in the way of a blood sugar spoke after eating chips.

The findings suggest therefore that a proportion of the population may actually be immune to the negative effects of the chipper.

Professor Eran Segal, who led the study along with Dr. Eran Elinav, said:

“The huge differences that we found in the rise of blood sugar levels among different people who consumed identical meals partly explains why so many diets fail in so many people. Our results point to personalized eating choices being more likely to help people stay healthy than universal dietary advice.”

The study also highlighted how a one-size-fits-all approach to healthy eating doesn’t necessarily apply.