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Cancer-in-a-Can? The horrific true story of how Pringles are made

"Want some pringles? Have some cancer" - Darth Vader

To understand the nature of Pringles and other stackable chips, forget the notion that they come from actual potatoes in any recognizable way.

The Pringles Company (in an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” like chips in the UK) once even argued that the potato content of their chips was so low that they are technically not even potato chips.

So if they’re not made of potatoes, what are they exactly?

The process begins with a slurry of rice, wheat, corn, and potato flakes that are pressed into shape.his dough-like substance is then rolled out into an ultra-thin sheet cut into chip-cookies by a machine.

According to io9:

“The chips move forward on a conveyor belt until they’re pressed onto molds, which give them the curve that makes them fit into one another. Those molds move through boiling oil … Then they’re blown dry, sprayed with powdered flavors, and at last, flipped onto a slower-moving conveyor belt in a way that allows them to stack. From then on, it’s into the cans … and off towards the innocent mouths of the consumers.”

I suspect nearly everyone reading this likely enjoys the taste of potato chips. However, they are clearly one of the most toxic processed foods you can eat—whether they’re made from actual potato shavings or not.

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That's horrific? Wow, you

That's horrific? Wow, you must really scare easily. I was expecting more from the hyperbole in the title.

Ah, but laughter is the best medicine

And that little duck bill you can make with pringles is pretty darn funny. I think it balances out. I guess they'll tell us next that the cheddar cheese on them isn't really cheese ;)
Actually, that's why I stick to healthy alternatives like taco flavored doritos.


basically you are shorting a bunch of pringle stock?

LOL! This is ridiculous fear-mongering.

"...rice, wheat, corn, and potato flakes..."


Yes, acrylamide and other potentially carcinogenic compounds are produced during the process of cooking, but they are produced in extremely small amounts, and are arguably pose no more risk than the carcinogenic chemicals that are destroyed in the cooking process. Contrary to the raw foodism propaganda, natural food contains its own toxins.

The biggest risk high-carbohydrate, processed foods pose to human health are not the trace carcinogenics, but the amount of calories these high nutrient foods contain. One of the biggest myths surrounding nutrition is that process foods are NOT nutrient deficient, but TOO NUTRITIOUS. Even on the worst junk food diets, thanks to enrichment, it is almost impossible to become chronically deficient in the essential nutrients. Our society is not suffering from poor nutrition, but over-nutrition.

good grief

People should be over 16 to eat the junk food. Heck you cannot drink or smoke as a kid.

Parents are idiots at times. I have eaten my share of this but not again.




Where do DPers come up with this stuff?


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