Harvard professor claims you should only eat six chips at a time as a 'healthy' portion
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Harvard professor claims you should only eat six chips at a time as a 'healthy' portion

A LEADING nutrition expert has claimed that the only way to enjoy a "healthy" portion of chips is by eating just six in any one serving.

Eric Rimm, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health made the claims in an article for The New York Times.

Referring more specifically to the Americanised french fry, Professor Rimm described chips in their various form as a "weapon of dietary destruction".

He pointed to the damage done by chips/fries to the human body, citing the increased risk of diabetes and obesity associated with the foodstuff.

Rimm went on to explain that if diners insisted on indulging in these "starch bombs" was not recommended.

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However, he did note that if someone really, truly, insisted on indulging in a chip, fry or potato-based accompaniment of their choosing, they should try and limit their intake.

The Harvard aacademic advised chip lovers to restrict themselves to just six chips.

Or, more specifically, six French fries, which probably equates to about three chips from an Irish chipper. Three chips from an Irish chipper!

"I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries," he wrote.

It wasn't long before the story got picked up by chip/fry lovers on Twitter, who were up in arms over the recommendations.

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Some were angry...

Others questioned the man behind the study...

There were those that closed their ears to the claims...

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The suggestion brought back happy memories for a few...

Others felt the suggestion was a tad unrealistic...

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A few even went as far as branding the whole thing as something close to insanity...

The sums didn't quite add up for a few people out there...

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Hats off to one guy who came up with a clever way around the problem though...

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And this guy who deliberately misread the figures...

Others pledged to live in blissful ignorance. Or something like that, anyway.

And then there were those simply out to salute their chip-loving bredren...

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Chip lovers aren't going down without a fight!