This Is the Inside of a Potato Chip as It's Being Fried

This Is the Inside of a Potato Chip as It's Being Fried

If you enjoy fried things, and don’t enjoy gaining weight, then this picture represents the first stirrings of a science that might one day help you. It’s a picture of the structure inside a sliced potato as it’s being deep fried.

Scientists at the University of Illinois have used a technique called X-ray micro-computed tomography to look at what happens inside a 1.65 millimeter potato disk as it is deep fried for different lengths of time. They described their results in a recent paper in the Journal of Food Science.

In the image above, the values on the left represent the different number of seconds the disk has been fried, and the pictures show how the pores inside a potato chip evolve over that time. The researchers hope that someday this will make fried…

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