Apparently we should only eat six chips per serve, and uh, that's not happening. Ever.


We’ve got bad news.

Very, very bad news.

Apparently we’re only meant to eat six hot chips in one serving

Yep, we’re just as shocked as you are.

In an article published in the New York Times last week, Harvard Professor and nutrition scientist Eric Rimm claimed consuming more than six fries in a single serving could lead to long-term health problems.

“I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries,” he said.

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Referring to hot chips as ‘starch bombs’, Professor Rimm also said that potatoes are among some of the unhealthiest vegetables available, as they lack the nutrients found in green leafy vegetables.

“If you take a potato, remove its skin, cut it, deep fry the pieces in oil and top it all off with salt, cheese, chilli or gravy, that starch bomb can be turned into a weapon of dietary destruction.”

Um, rude.

Understandably, Professor Rimm’s serving size suggestion annoyed quite a few people across the world.

After all, who the heck could limit themselves to just six chips?!



Dr Rimm has since responded to the backlash telling Vanity Fair“A lot of tweeters in the UK and the US act like I just caused a third world war!”

“I was just suggesting restaurants could give much smaller options of fries for those of us who might need a taste but don’t need a whole basket in front of us with a meal,” he added.

Earlier this year, a study found that there’s an actual scientific reason behind why so many of us crave fries.

The study found that our brains are programmed to love and crave foods that are high in both fats and carbohydrates – like a bowl of hot chips, a doughnut or a late-night kebab.

The fat-carb combination in hot chips ‘hijacks’ our brain, telling us to choose processed foods over a meal that is predominantly fatty or a meal that is predominantly filled with carbs.

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