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Oprah Winfrey vs. Organic Blue Corn Chips

In December Oprah Winfrey publicized her weight gain, admitting that she's put on 40 pounds in the past couple of months. Among other things, the powerful talk show host is blaming organic, multigrain blue chips for packing on the pounds.

"My drug of choice used to be potato chips," she said. "Now this year, it was organic, multigrain blue chips — but a bag of them. So you eat a bag of those a day and see what happens if you're not working out." While Oprah's endorsements are normally positive, the people behind her favorite brand of blue tortilla chips — Hain Celestial's Garden of Eatin' — aren't jumping up and down for joy. In a statement, a spokesperson for Hain Celestial, "gently suggested that Ms. Winfrey try the single serving size."

However, Oprah's already moved on from blue chips claiming that she'll now eat sweet potatoes instead. Only time will tell whether the sales of either will be impacted by Oprah's extraordinary influence.

One thing's for sure: If Oprah were to attack the already-struggling organics industry, it might be a blow too big for them to overcome. What do you think about the matter? Does Oprah's opinion of a certain food affect your decision to eat it?

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carolcep carolcep 4 years
I'm in love with organic blue corn chips but one bag a day will definitely make you gain weight. DON'T listen to Oprah's diet tips or whatever!
kcoll kcoll 8 years
Oprah is a metaphor for what is happening in our culture today. Metaphorically, because there isn't much food in our food people keep eating more and more fake food to satisfy their hunger for real food - thus the obesity epidemic. I prefer sprouted 100 whole grain pretzels to snack on. They are made with sprouted flour that digests as a vegetable. How cool is that?! Real food, real health.
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
CaterpillarGirl, you may not like what she said but don't disrespect her, her name is Oprah.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Hey Ogra, i eat those chips and i am not fat....why is that....oh thats right I have self control. Only lazy people blame inanimate objects for their own laziness.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Whole grains are required for optimum health. As are Legumes, but junk food regardless of what whether its made with corn or legumes is JUNK FOOD. Same goes for chips made of vegetables or chips made of fruit - You're taking something that is otherwise a good food and processing it into something with additional calories but no additional nutritional value.
usinda usinda 8 years
Wow.. you really think corn makes people fat? You sound like you work for that "beanitos" company, which I've never heard of. Stop trying to scare people. -.-'
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Those sound so good! Do they sell them at normal grocery stores?
dougff dougff 8 years
It's not the "Blue" it's the "Corn" that matters. Because eating corn makes you fat! It’s in almost everything we eat and drink. From high fructose corn syrup in your soft drink, to the oil used to fry your French fries and all the chips in the snack aisle. Heck it’s a major part of the beef in your hamburger! There’s a reason they feed it to cows, it makes them fat! So if you don’t want to look like a cow, stop eating like one! I found a great new product with an ingredient that even Dr Oz said we should be eating more of. They're called Beanitos! They are loaded with naturally occurring fiber and that makes you feel full, not to mention one of the highest protein chips available as well as naturally gluten free!They contain only Black or Pinto beans, Pure Canola Oil, Water, and Sea Salt. That’s it. No Corn. No Potato. No Grains.
happynewyorker happynewyorker 8 years
I watched Oprah the first week when she discussed her weight and then blamed her thyroid. Come on it's easy to blame than to take responsibility. I enjoy the blue chips when I'm flying Jet blue, is that the reason I'm overweight? I don't think so. I'm overweight because I enjoy food, I'm lazy and don't exercise and don't seem to be taking care of myself. I can say it's my health's fault or I'm not starving for attention. But, to take blame and blame a bag of chips and health, come on GROW UP OPRAH!! You have so much and have so many people looking up to you, that when will you just admit you enjoy eating and not running or exercising? Maybe instead of her eating any types of chips she should settle for a carrot. Oh, but wait she may blame them for her current weight gain. Oh, who can eat a carrot plan, I added creams, cookies and ice cream to give it flavor. Plus Oprah, it's time to step up to the plate and admit that's it's not the chips, it's YOU being lazy and loving food.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
ohhh blue chips is good :( :( so hard to resist
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Oprah nor any other celeb influences anything in my life. So it's a big, huge, giant NO. Didn't even know she was still on the air ;)
metallicnymph metallicnymph 8 years
wow, the woman can't divulge little specifics about something as simple as her eating habits without it being offensive? i don't watch her show, but based on what's written above she said you can't eat an entire bag daily and not expect to gain weight, especially when you're not active. sounds like she's admitting to her own fault. and sounds like she thinks organic blue corn tortilla chips are delicious...
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
"gently suggested that Ms. Winfrey try the single serving size." :rotfl: awesome! come on oprah, own your own crap.
usinda usinda 8 years
lulz. it's not like corn chips are the sole cause of her weight gain. and chips aren't even healthy, no matter what people like to tell themselves. "organic" "veggie" "blue corn" "flax" chips, etc. doesn't mean it's not still junk food. she's old, she should just accept it. sick of hearing about her vain ways to lose weight and look younger, like that mockery of a vegan diet she went on. x.x
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I think even Oprah zombies are smart enough to figure out it's not the food it's the serving. If anything it's an endorsement!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I highly doubt that the chips are the only factor in her recent weight gain. Plus, obviously, you shouldn't eat a bag a day and expect to remain thin. I hope this company doesn't suffer do to her thoughtlessness.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Why does everyone care so much about what Oprah says/does? So she eats a whole bag of chips in a day...I'm sure there are other people that do that too. I feel bad for any company that Oprah happens to mention in passing that she's had a bad experience's like a sentence of doom. It also says SO much about women in our society. You'd think we're a bunch of dumb cows that just follow Oprah-cow and moo when she moos and eats when she eats. Seriously, are we that stupid that we think that we'll gain weight simply by buying blue corn chips just because Oprah eats them??
amers230 amers230 8 years
if you watched the show, she obviously wasn't blaming the corn chips, she was blaming herself for eating the entire bag. she was talking about the irony of it all; yeah, she was eating "healthier" food but she was eating more of it, which any genius knows isn't any better (and is usually worse.) i also don't remember her actually mentioning the name brand? i probably just wasn't paying attention though, the tv is usually background noise for me. and the sweet potato thing was more of a splurge/reward thing. by eating well all day she could afford to eat a sweet potato or something like that. and no, oprah's food endorsements (or whatever you want to call them) don't effect me. i'm always looking to try new stuff, but i really don't care if she doesn't like something, not really gonna effect me.
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