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When vegetable crisps came on the scene, it's safe to say we all jumped for joy at the 'healthy' snack alternative.

But it turns out that the crisps may not be as healthy as we think.

According to nutritionists, the vegetable snacks contain more fat and saturated fat than most other snack brands.

 

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One registered nutritionist, Charlotte Stirling-Reed told Cosmo, "The concern with products that are often seen as ‘healthier alternatives’ such as vegetable crisps, is they don’t always match up to their reputations.

"Crisps are crisps, and even if they are made with vegetables, they are likely to contain too much in the way of fat, saturated fat and salt.

"In fact, the vegetable crisps here have higher levels of saturated fat and salt than some well-known, regular crisp brands.

“As a nutritionist, I’ve seen this first hand in weight loss clinics where clients may eat even as much as double a portion size of a product if it’s perceived to be healthy.”

They may not be the healthiest, but they sure are delish, so you know… nom.

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First of, the last thing you think about pairing with wine is… well, salt.

They just wouldn't go together, right? But, one man believes it's the secret to making cheap wine taste better, so we'll hear it out.

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In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Nathan Myhrvold, former chief tech officer for Microsoft, revealed that his party trick is adding a pinch of salt to inexpensive vino.

He explained that while he was at a dinner party, he was sitting beside a Winery owner who said she'd wish she made a Cabernet that was less fruity and more savoury.

With that, Nathan dropped a bit of salt into her glass, and they realised it made it taste much better and "pretty soon everyone at the table was doing this," he admitted.

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All of our instincts are telling us 'NOOOO!', so we're going to take this advice with a pinch of salt (excuse the awful pun).

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While we’re all for trying the latest coffee concoctions, we’re not sure a salty brew is really to our taste.

But, as it turns out, adding a shake of salt to a good cup of Joe is actually a thing.

According to culinary expert Alton Brown, salt can be used to reduce a cuppa’s bitter flavour and to remove the “stale” taste of tank-stored water.

On his website the food show presenter recommends adding a quarter teaspoon of kosher salt to every six tablespoons of ground coffee.

He claims you won’t be able to taste the salt but because salt is better at neutralising bitterness than sugar a quarter teaspoon will “do the trick”. 

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While nothing beats a packet of our own favourite Taytos – we can’t help being partial to the taste of some homemade crisps. And now you can create your own favourite flavoured crisps, thanks to this simple recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g potato
  • ¾ tsp.  salt
  • 150ml malt or cider vinegar

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 120°C and line your baking sheets with olive oil (otherwise the crisps may stick to the baking sheets).
  2. Mix the salt with the vinegar until dissolved.
  3. Scrub your potatoes well and leave unpeeled. Then cut as thinly as possible with a sharp knife.
  4. Place the potato slices in a bowl, pour over the liquid and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  5. After soaking, drain the potato slices well and shake off any excess liquid. Lay the slices in a single layer on your baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the baking sheets around, swap the shelves that they’re on and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes until crisp. Ovens, potatoes and slicing thicknesses vary, so make sure to check them often.
  7. You can then eat your crisps on their own or if you like can serve with dips.

 

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It’s easy to fall off track every now and again, but when a day of bad eating is followed by a very guilty conscience, things can get pretty ugly. We have a tendency  to go overboard and think that starving ourselves will make up for all the bad eating the day before.

Since this can be very dangerous, it’s better to choose a healthy route:

  • Get rid of sugar, salt and bad fats from your diet.
  • Get a good bit of protein and fiber into your meals because slow-releasing carbs will keep you going for longer and stop you from getting sugar cravings (which we’re trying to avoid).
  • Get moving! A bit of physical activity will not only keep you away from those sweets, but it will also release feel-good hormones and keep you smiling.
  • Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep. This will balance out the hormone that tells you when you’re full with the one that lets you know you’re hungry.
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