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Students push healthier chips.

STUDENTS from Liverpool John Moores University took to the streets to prove potato chips are tastier when cooked without saturated fats.

They set up taste tests on the streets of the city in a bid to show shoppers that the traditional British favourite can get even better.

The team, in a project funded by Merseyside Health Action Zone, had already conducted taste tests in the refectory at JMU and found consumers either couldn't tell the difference or preferred the crispier taste of chips that were fried in a healthier oil, to those prepared using traditional solid fats.

They plan to follow up the survey by visiting chip shops with the aim of persuading owners that they should adopt the new technique.

Carol Parker, food and health facilitator at Merseyside Health Action Zone, said: ``This is a campaign to improve health and prevent disease by looking at one aspect of food production - the ever popular chip shop.

``We won't persuade people to stop visiting chip shops, so we aim to encourage the shop owners to improve the healthiness of their products.''

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Q TASTING WHAT SHE PREACHES: Laura Britton samples the chips Picture: JASON ROBERTS
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2003
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