As we all know, junk food taste so good…or does it? I truly believe junk food only taste good if you’re completely unaware of its ingredients. So to put it bluntly, junk food only tastes good for ignorant people, and I used to be (and still am in some cases) one of these ignorant people because I was addicted Hot Fries.
For those of you lucky enough not to come across this deadly snack, Hot Fries are red, salty, and spicy chips that take the form of French fries. They’re so delicious, but I always found it funny how my body feels sluggish after I eat them. So one day I decided to research some of the ingredients, and I found some disturbing patterns.
Just by looking at this chip, it’s apparent each fry is packed with a dangerous amount of salt and red dye, so I’m not going to waste time researching obivious ingredients. The first ingredient I decided to looked up was the first unpronounceable substance on the nutritional label, thiamine mononitrate.
Thiamine mononitrate is a water soluble compound from the vitamin B complex. That doesn’t sound too bad since vitamin B generates energy and speeds up your metabolism. However, the Hot Fries nutritional label fails to mention how much of each ingredient is used, and large amounts of thiamine mononitrate can cause rashes, itching, and swelling. Hmmmm. Now looking back, I thought I was scratching more as I become dependent on the chips. But itching, rashes, and swelling is just the beginning. Let’s move on to the next ingredient, riboflavin.
Riboflavin is very similar to thiamine mononitrate since it’s also a water soluble compound in the B vitamin complex. However, riboflavin doesn’t have any harmful side effects…that we know of. Although, it is said that it can turn your urine abnormal colors since riboflavin exits the body through urine. With that said, there’s no proof that this effect is hazardous. So riboflavin isn’t so bad, but wait! Oh my goodness! The next ingredient, Naicin, is a water-soluble vitamin B compound too. That’s three times the energy, so before I reveal the side effects of an excessive amount of naicin, it’s important to first state the harmful effects of too much vitamin B.
There are 8 different parts of the vitamin B complex: B1 (Thamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Naicin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folic Acid), and B12 (Cyanocobalamin.) Too much of any part of the vitamin B structure can cause insomnia, high blood pressure, fatigue, numbness, joint pain, and the list goes on and on. Seriously! A Hot Fry addiction can easily be mistaken for a drug addiction. And if that’s not enough, the ingredient niacin by itself can cause headaches, itchiness, skin irritation, and nausea. And going back to riboflavin, I also found that there are some harmful side effects to his compond besides tide-colored urine. Riboflavin can cause anemia and low blood pressure.
Wow! Just by researching three of ingredients, we learned that Hot Fries are a vitamin B energy bomb. With thamine mononitrate, riboflavin, and naicin too, this energy bomb can make you itchy, anemic, tired along with funky colored urine. And I haven’t even gone through half of the ingredients. There are about 15 more ingredients within Hot Fries. Instead of nutritional facts, Hot Fries should have a label on its bag that states, “Eat at your own risk.”