eli5: why is potato chips so high in calories but potatoes are relatively low?

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eli5: why is potato chips so high in calories but potatoes are relatively low?

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Potatos don’t contain fat and have 75% water. So 100g potato is actually just 25g of food.

Potato chips don’t contain water which already multiplies the calorie amount by 4. Also during the frying process 50% fat is added which drastically increases the calorie count.

Normal potatos contain 70kcal per 100g.

If you dry them, 100g potato have 280 calories.

And if you add 50% fat to it (50g) you have 280kcal + 50g × 9kcal = 730 kcal per 150g. (1g of fat contains 9 kcal)

Devide that by 1.5 and you have 490kcal/100g which is a really close estimate to the real calorie count of potato chips.

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