The Shocking True Story: How Pringles are Made

2014-1028To understand the nature of Pringles and other stackable chips, forget the notion they come from potatoes in any recognizable way. In an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” such as chips (crisps) in the United Kingdom, the Pringles company once argued that the potato content of their chips was so low the product was technically not even a potato chip.

So if stackable potato chips are not made from potatoes, what exactly are they?

The following video, which answers the question from a manufacturer’s perspective, describes the ingredients as 2/3 potato flakes and 1/3 water. However, ingredients identified in the video are inconsistent with the labeled ingredients required by the government.

Do people actually eat potato chips?

According to the following chart, illustrated by Statista, the market for potato chips was at least $4.275 billion in 2013. In all fairness, the illustrated information is not based exclusively on the sales of stackable potato chips and may include sales of chips made from potato slices rather than a mystery powder.

Statistic: Sales of the leading 10 potato chip brands of the United States in 2013 (in million U.S. dollars) | Statista

Credits

Thanks to Kevin A. Phillips of My TBILIFE who shared an article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola on RealFarmacy; Google for helping me find the picture; YouTube for hosting the video; Statista for providing the sales summary; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

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