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Potassium: The reason a doctor prescribed potato chips to a pro athlete

Potato ChipsA doctor prescribed potato chips to not just anyone but to a pro athlete to help relieve muscle aches. According to, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel has been told by the team doctor to eat potato chips because of cramping in his right arm and hand. Apparently the crispy snack contains enough potassium to make a difference. “For my cramps, if it’s a chronic thing, [the doctor] said potato chips because they have a lot of potassium and the sea salt helps retain water,” Hammel told one of the league’s blog writers. “So I focused on that over the break and ate a lot of potato chips, and I think it turned out pretty well. Potato chip prescription … that’s what I’m going to try to go with.” While probably not the best post-workout snack, potato chips also might not be as horrible for us as we thought. (Source:

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