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tinyfaery's avatar

Are potato chips vegetables?

Asked by tinyfaery (40184points) October 28th, 2009

I have to take a medical test on Friday, and the preparation includes a special diet. I am not supposed to eat any vegetables. I am craving potato chips, but my wife says I shouldn’t eat them because of the diet. I say there is no way that a potato chip is still a vegetable.

So is it?

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Parrappa's avatar

They’re not.

ubersiren's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities : I’m fat and I don’t consider them veggies. :)

They’re a veggie, but very starchy and fried to an unrecognizable state. Maybe you can call the place and they can tell you?

the100thmonkey's avatar

Potatoes are vegetables.

They therefore vegetable products.

El_Cadejo's avatar

When in doubt its always best to err on the side of caution.

i would think potato chips would go against your diet regulations.

El_Cadejo's avatar

this made me lol
“I’m fat and I don’t consider them veggies. :)” And then in the next sentence “They’re a veggie,”

janbb's avatar

I always include them as 5 of my 5–9 daily servings of veggies so it’s probably best to skip them.

Harp's avatar

Are they trying to get you to avoid fiber (do they also want you to stay away from whole grains)? If so, then chips would be a no-no.

ubersiren's avatar

Yeah, I guess to clarify, I should’ve said that potatoes are a veggie, but then read the rest of what I wrote

JLeslie's avatar

I vote yes, they are a vegetable.

Capt_Bloth's avatar

One more vote for yes.

erichw1504's avatar

Uhhh… yes, they’re tasty, tasty vegetables!...

El_Cadejo's avatar

@ubersiren i knows, just messin with ya :P

YARNLADY's avatar

Potato chips probably will affect the test. They were originally vegetables, and then sliced, salted, and fried, but they still contain vegetable proteins.

tinyfaery's avatar

Okay, fine. I am supposed to avoid whole grains too. Boo.

PretentiousArtist's avatar

Maybe you can have nuts instead? No, not in that way

Randy's avatar

A rose by any other name is still a rose…

Cut em, chop em, mash em, pound em, fry em, bake em, boil em, burn em or just eat em. A potato, is a potato, is a potato.

casheroo's avatar

sounds like an evil, evil test :(

Capt_Bloth's avatar

There are many other chips you could have instead; apple, plantain, chocolate, wood.

mclaugh's avatar

It depends what kind of mood you’re in!

tinyfaery's avatar

No nuts or any veggies or fruit. I can only do clear liquids tomorrow. I say again, boo.

augustlan's avatar

Poor tiny! What an awful diet. :(

asmonet's avatar


I did it for the lulz.

asmonet's avatar

@Capt_Bloth: 50% of your suggestions won’t work for our resident faery.

tinyfaery's avatar

Are Rapsberry Milanos a fruit. Help!

Capt_Bloth's avatar

@asmonet is wood a veggie?
@tinyfaery sorry your diet sucks. Raspberry milano cookies are fruit if potato chips are a veggie. and the lettuce and tomato on a whopper are a salad :p

oratio's avatar

@tinyfaery Why don’t you just eat some meat?

tinyfaery's avatar

I already ate some chicken. I want a snack, dammit.

knitfroggy's avatar

They are made from potatoes so even though they are not a healthy form of vegetable, they are still vegetables. I doubt they figure in to your servings of veggies daily though, which just doesn’t seem right!

avvooooooo's avatar

I tell myself its a vegetable. Makes me feel better. :D

SpatzieLover's avatar

A snack @tinyfaery?

*cottage cheese
*hot tea
*seeds or nuts (for crunch)

If you can’t have starches, you’ll want to fill up with something hot maybe…chai/cocoa/tea come to mind.

Supacase's avatar

Ice cream? A piece of cheese? Bacon?

El_Cadejo's avatar

Bacon is ALWAYS the right answer :)

Jeruba's avatar

Call the doctor and ask.

JLeslie's avatar

Why can’t you have some crackers? Grain is not excluded is it?

ubersiren's avatar

Make some s’mores!

pinkparaluies's avatar

Seriously? No way, Jose.

mattbrowne's avatar

Although the potato is typically classified as a vegetable to me it would make more sense to put it in the same group as rice, corn, grain and cereal. Potatoes are a high-glycemic form of food. Very different from cucumbers and tomatoes. See also

JLeslie's avatar

@mattbrowne So you consider corn a grain not a vegetable?

SpatzieLover's avatar

@everyone look above “Okay, fine. I am supposed to avoid whole grains too. Boo.”

Today she can only have clear liquids…Bleeeeeeeech!

@tinyfaery I hope the test goes well and your SO takes you out for a nice meal (or you eat well at the Mansion;)

JLeslie's avatar

@SpatzieLover I don’t think Ritz crackers and Saltines are whole grains, there is enriched bleached flour in the ingredients I think.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@JLeslie I’m with you on those! ;) They hardly qualify as food. Depending on the test they’d be gone overnight in your digestive track, too.

janbb's avatar

Good luck with the test @tinyfaery. Enjoy all the potato chips you want tomorrow p.m.

(P.S. If you go to the Hefner soiree, we want the dish!)

mattbrowne's avatar

@JLeslie – No, I don’t. Many years ago a nutritionist/dietitian recommended the following simply rule for main dishes:

Divide the plate into one half and two quarters:

One quarters contains protein and fat, the second quarter is carbs, and half of the plate is high-fiber vegetables and salad (or even just high-fiber vegetables plus side dishes of low-carb fruit and salad)

Potatoes and bananas for example have to be treated differently from cucumbers and apples.

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