Junk food and the 20%
I've been trying to adhere to primal blueprint guidelines for some time now, but my fondness for things like potato chips and cake is still very much there.
I'm quite fat adapted, I eat a lot of vegetables and antioxidant rich fruits, I get plenty of excersise and weight is not at all an issue for me.
Say I eat two bags of potato chips (not the small ones) and some pastry every week, would that significantly raise my chances of heart disease or stroke later in life? Can the good negate the bad this way?
I don't know that, but what I know is that dehydrated sweet potato and other root vegetables chips blow commercially available potato chips out of the water. I make mine with ev olive oil and sea salt. Sooo good. :)
[QUOTE]Say I eat two bags of potato chips (not the small ones) and some pastry every week, would that significantly raise my chances of heart disease or stroke later in life? Can the good negate the bad this way? [/QUOTE]
That's a lot of junk (thinking of the big bags of chips with 8+ servings) and if I ate like that, I'd either have excess fat OR would become malnourished by replacing good foods with crap.
I don't think a single serving bag of chips and a cupcake will kill you once a week. But.... I think 2 big bags of chips plus pastries= too much.
Get thee a mandolin, some organic potatoes, and a deep fryer. Learn to make your own in beef tallow or lard, and you will literally cringe when you think of bagged chips.
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I love french fries, but I hadn't eaten them in years because of the whole "old reused oil" thing. Learned to make them in duck fat and now when I want them, I can have them without a lick of guilt or fear that I'm eating a pile of carcinogen.
I can't help on the sweet front since I just don't crave them much. A banana is a big deal for me and about as sweet as I'd want.
It's easy to find potato chips that are cooked in safflower/sunflower oil and seasoned with nothing but sea salt. They are delicious. Its also easy to make them at home with whatever seasoning you want, though it's hard to get them as crunchy that way. I got a spiralizer recently for my birthday and I'm going to try running a potato through it to see if the strings can get super crunchy. =]
Well its not the best but for me at least, digests better than soybean oil. :P When I make potato chips at home I use olive oil, it's the only oil I really keep on hand.
I think 80/20 is a good starting point but if the 20% is all junk food then your progress is going to be very slow and I imagine some people may put weight on and get some health issues, having said that, you'd still be a lot better off than many people.
Thanks for the replies, I've considered getting a fryer but I'm a bit concerned that it would tempt me to make chips every day :/
Impossible to predict your future health with so little information that even you don't know yet. There are many people who eat "junk food" often and smoke and live to be 100. Then there are those who eat well, stay active, and die in their 50s. Too many variables. I think there's as much room for indulgences as your overall health markers and weight allow, and how you feel in general. You said your weight is fine and you otherwise eat nutritious foods, so it sounds to me like what you're doing works for you, even with your discretionary calories. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
[QUOTE]Yeah, and you need to define "big" and "little" bags of chips, because I have no idea what that means. [/QUOTE]
Big in this case means 150g, so 300g a week.