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Friday, July 11, 2003

Potato Chips

I'm Dr. David Vastola and Patrick's getting ready to go to a birthday party. Not too long ago it was the birthday of this country: Independence Day - the fourth of July. But there was another birthday that we missed - a birthday that goes back 150 years. It's something we consume - up to about 6 billion dollars a year. Do you know what it is? Let me tell you about that birthday.

The birthday I'm talking about is potato chips. They were first brought to this country by Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700s. But it wasn't until the mid 1800s that potato chips were realized. It occurred in Saratoga Springs, NY. There was a famous resort there, and the Chef, Harry Crumb decided to take these potatoes, fried potatoes that Thomas Jefferson brought from France, and make them real thin. And voila: potato chips. So it goes back 150 years. The problem with potato chips was that they were very perishable. Harold Lay (of Lay's Potato Chips) was the first in the early 1900s in Atlanta to bring them door to door. Shortly thereafter the air tight containers were invented and therefore we have potato chips to the tune of abount 6 billion dollars a year.

Now the bad news. For one ounce of potato chips it's about 150 calories and 10 grams of fat. The good news? No cholesterol. That's right, there's no cholesterol in potato chips. So happy birthday to potato chips. If you want some, eat them - they're not going to kill you. Just eat them with moderation.

And I'm Dr. David Vastola and that's life.

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