Put Down the Bag of Chips, and Drink From the Bottle of Oil

We’re not sure what’s more horrifying: The fact that half of British schoolchildren eat a pack of potato chips (or crisps, if you prefer) every single day, or the fact that such a rate of chip consumption means you’re ingesting more than a gallon of vegetable oil every year.

That’s a lot of oil, but split it up over 365 days, and it’s not quite as scary. What’s worse? How about eating a Hardee’s 1,420-calorie Monster Thickburger, which gives you the privilege of ingesting 107 grams of fat in one sitting. Americans aren’t shying away from the mega-calorie foods, according to new reports. Hopefully no one does THAT every day.

But telling you that fast food is bad for you and that fried slices of potato are full of fat is not exactly surprising. And there’s no way that awareness of oil in food is going to stop us from eating the occasional bag of chips. In reality, we just wanted to use this photo in a post.

A packet of crisps a day? That’s 5 litres of cooking oil in a year [Times Online]


Edit Your Comment

  1. mark duffy says:

    It’s a good photo.

    That’s right. I’m adding absolutely NOTHING to this post with this comment. I’m home from work early here in NYC and I’m getting drunk on an empty stomach.

    Have a nice weekend.

  2. aka Cat says:

    How much oil is in a year’s worth of Baked Lay’s chips? (Yeah, I’m too lazy to look it up.)

  3. TVarmy says:

    It’s under a tablespoon a day. Not too terrible.

  4. red says:

    The picture’s kinda hot.

  5. CaptainAwesome says:

    1 gallon over a year might not sound so bad but next time you donate blood, try this: eat a donut, bag of potato chips, piece of fried chicken, anything you know has too much grease to be good for you, right before you get in line. There should be just enough time for the fat and cholesterol to enter your bloodstream, and make it look white enough to look like cream of tomato soup.

    Which is why they tell people not to eat that stuff before a blood draw.

    This’d be a great way to start a diet. Worked for me and I didn’t even mean to. Got to figure out how to capitalize on this.

  6. Over in the UK, Jamie Oliver, a TV Chef, went on a crusade to get rid of junk food being served in school’s. It worked after a lot of backlash from the schools and kids.