Potato Chips

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Doctor’s Orders: Chicago Cubs Pitcher Eats Potato Chips for Hand Cramps

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Chips prescribed for high potassium and sea salt to help with water retention
Potato Chips

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They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but potato chips?

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel was seen snacking on potato chips between innings on Saturday, when the Cubs won 3-1. Turns out Hammel’s snack of choice was prescribed by his doctor to deal with chronic cramps in Hammel’s right hand.

“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 said. “So I focused on that over the break and ate a lot of potato chips, and I think it turned out pretty well.”

Perhaps Hammel’s doctor is onto something, as the pitcher led the Cubs to victory with only one run to the Rangers over six innings on Saturday’s game, MLB.com reported.

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