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Are chips addictive?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Tsky45, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I know potato chips and snacks, aren't drugs and I won't stop buying them. Still the old saying you can't just eat one is true, there's no way you can just eat a handful of chips if you have a whole bag. I don't know if it's because there fried or just can't fill you up. I always wondered what's the science behind this. Does any one have a clue why you can't stop eating chips.
  2. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I read something scary about chips lately... it turns out we can only taste the 30% of salt in them! Yikes! This has made me see chips differently. As for them being addictive, I think for me is mostly about willpower... lately I don't seem to have a good willpower and end up eating a whole bag of chips or chocolates if I can, lol. I'm trying to work on that and doing great. Today I just ate a bit from a small bag of mix trail :)
  3. sonia11

    sonia11 Senior Contributor

    I think any food in general can be addictive. The act of eating itself might be the real addiction here. Many people eat for emotional reasons, rather than because they're hungry. Do you often find you're eating chips because you're bored, anxious, or just like the taste?
  4. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    I read this one article before about potato chips and fast food. It said that these companies do a study that helps them understand how to manipulate a person's taste preference. They make these foods taste that way so you just cannot have enough of it. Its flavor, saltiness and crispness are all measured to make sure you become quite addicted to it. It makes sense as like what you said you just cannot have just a handful of it!
  5. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    I remember sometime back when I also used to crave for French fries. I managed to control myself when I realised how fast I was adding weight. I later avoided eating french fries since I was aware of the risks associated with being overweight.
  6. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think that's true @Coolkidhere. They probably make sure that they give your taste buds maximum pleasure. I know it's addictive and I just won't quit LOL. Try going a week without chips, and you will crave them badly. I guess with all the other brands out there they need some edge. This is a tasty hustle they've got going.
  7. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    It is especially bad if you went for weeks without chips then you suddenly eat them. I can finish a whole bag this way lol! The best way to stop craving them, well for me, is to just avoid them. I make sure to eat more fruits and vegetables than processed foods and chips.

    Hoe about pairing chips with coke? Ahh! This is especially nice during movie marathons or series marathons lol. Such a bad habit but so satisfying.
  8. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    Sometimes it can be the taste or the look as the eye can desire it when we don't really need the chips in the first place so we need to watch how much we eat and also try and eat a little, as we may feel like eating more then we need to at times and need to control the tongue. Chips can be cheap to buy and especially in the supermarkets so when we do the shopping we may be inclined to buy it, and it is alright to buy it sometimes and keep it when we are hungry or a rainy day can use it. I reckon that it is alright to eat and like a drug we need to have control and not use it for emotional getaway as we may start to move from one addiction to another, which can increase the weight and the body will be affected from this.
  9. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    Well, chips are incredibly tasty and I can certainly see why they can be addictive. I know that I can eat a plate full of french fries with no hesitation. That's why I always make sure to only put a small potion of chips with various dishes that I will have during the week. Otherwise, I'll just be gaining weight and eventually start experiencing health problems.
  10. juno

    juno Community Champion

    Fried and salty food has a way of drawing you in. I don't know if it can become an addiction, but salt is known to create a need to eat more of it.

    I suppose anything can become an addiction if you are obsessed with it and need to have it daily.
  11. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    If you look at it that way then everything is going to seem like an addiction. If you have a 5L bottle of water you're going to finish that bottle before starting a new one, and that applies to food too. Before you're going to eat other food you're going to finish your bag of chips if you already started it. Chips are tasty, yes, but they aren't really that addictive.
  12. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Chips can be addictive just like anything else. I think it is because you really like the taste and so, you will want it more and more.
    Whenever I buy chips, I buy the really small packages that are available here and I seldom buy chips and other junk foods to avoid getting hooked on this kind of foods.
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  13. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    Same with you I buy the smaller packages if I an craving chips. It is just so addicting that if you open a big bag of chips, you just have to finish it! The best solution though is really to just stop buying them. Out of sight, out of mind. If your fridge is full of healthier options and none of the junk, you really have no choice but to eat what is in there.
  14. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    For me there's definitely certain foods that I won't keep in the house, for the simple fact that I know I end up overdoing it on them. I don't know if it's normal to just steer clear of them entirely, or if that indicates a problem in itself, but ultimately I guess knowing something is a weakness and choosing to avoid it is okay.
  15. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    That is right. Most probably you will feel lazy to go out to just buy chips if nothing is left in your cabinet or stock. That will save you from eating more of it so, better to buy small pack or very seldom have it on stock.
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