Food Showdown: Can You Pick the Chip Champion?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/29/2012 10:00 AM   :  42 comments   :  27,233 Views

Sometimes, you want a crunchy, salty snack—and rice cakes just aren't going to cut it. When using portion control, it's completely possible to sneak in a serving of chips for an occasional treat. But not all chips are created equal, and it can be overwhelming to choose from so many different varieties. Sweet potato chips and ''baked'' chips have cropped up in the snack aisle, both promising a better-for-you, wholesome chip. Between TERRA Crinkles Sweet Potato Sea Salt Chips and Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips with Sea Salt, which is the chip champion?
 
The Winner: Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips with Sea Salt!

First, let's take a look at the ingredients for both chips:

Kettle Brand (from the Kettle Brand website): Potatoes, vegetable oil (safflower and/or sunflower oil), sea salt.

TERRA (from the TERRA website): Sweet potato, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, sea salt.

Both chips have similar minimal ingredients lists, which is great. However, it's all in the way the chips are prepared. The sweet potato chips are cooked in oil, which bumps up the fat content considerably when compared to the baked chips. One ounce of the Kettle Brand chips is 120 calories and 3 grams of fat, while one ounce of the TERRA chips will cost you 160 calories and 11 grams of fat. That's almost four times the fat! But watch out--not all baked chips are created equally. Other brands may have similar nutritional stats, but pack in hidden ingredients like soy lecithin and corn sugar. The bottom line is to read your labels and compare brands to make the most informed decision that you can.

TIP: When indulging in chips, portion out one serving into a bowl and put the bag away. It can be easy to mindlessly munch on salty snacks, especially when watching TV or socializing! As a general rule, a one-ounce serving of chips is about 15-20 chips.

Do you eat chips for a treat? What's your favorite kind?
 


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  • FOXGLOVE999
    42
    I absolutely love the kettle brand baked chips, I buy the olive oil ones. A portion is 20 chips, I don't need that many, and usually eat 10 chips, makes a very reasonable snack, providing less calories than many other vegetable(starchy or otherwise) sources. I'm not a low-carber, so bring on the potatoes. - 11/3/2014   7:44:44 AM
  • 41
    I love chips but a good substitute are honey braid wheat pretzels. I feel like they are healthier, more filling, and have a nice salty/sweet taste. - 5/12/2014   2:21:13 PM
  • 40
    Yes, every once and awhile, there is nothing like a chip! The sweet potato chips are really tasty! There is also a mixture that has beet chips in it that is real tasty! - 10/2/2012   7:23:36 PM
  • COFFEELOVER1954
    39
    Hey DJHARLEYQ,,, Not sure of the stats but POP CHIPS now has a tortilla chip. I love their other chips so cannot imagine that these are not good also!!
    - 10/1/2012   6:09:51 PM
  • 38
    I'm usually pretty picky about what goes into my body, and I approve of the Kettle brand ingredients list and cooking method, so to me this article is relevant. Everyone needs to snack sometimes! (And I don't believe white potatoes are evil.)

    I would probably buy them, but I have a problem stopping with munchy foods like this- the entire bag wouldn't exactly be exercising portion control. - 10/1/2012   1:10:22 PM
  • 37
    How about no chips at all! - 10/1/2012   10:55:34 AM
  • BLITZEN40
    36
    Special K cheddar cracker chips are my favorite! You get 27 chips for 110 calories. They taste so good, I'm sure they are loaded with MSG and all kinds of unpronouncable ingredients but the calorie count to serving size ratio is right, so I'm just turning the other cheek on checking the ingredients. Don't ask, don't tell! :) - 10/1/2012   10:05:21 AM
  • 35
    I really like corn chips but most people fry them. I'd love to find some really great baked yellow, white, and blue corn tortilla chips. - 10/1/2012   5:53:14 AM
  • 34
    I like the ones made out of brown rice. I use them when I make chicken taco salad. I just put in a few. - 9/30/2012   6:51:02 PM
  • 33
    Remember the commercial - "Bet ya can't eat just one?" Well, I can't. Better I just stay away from them. - 9/30/2012   5:56:36 PM
  • MYLEHIA
    32
    I have recently tried the kettle chip and found them wonderfully delightful. I really like the lays baked chips with cheddar cheese. :) The portions are hard to control sometimes, but i manage pretty good. - 9/30/2012   2:51:41 PM
  • 31
    This is really great info. When we buy chips, we usually buy the large bags but then break them down into individual portions in zip bags. Found that this helps with portion control. Because when it comes to chips, I have no control. - 9/30/2012   10:29:05 AM
  • 30
    I've made my own baked chips - yum! - 9/30/2012   10:28:13 AM
  • 29
    This is great info! I was wondering though has anyone tried the item a company called Pampered chef? It allows you to make them in the micro wave with very little prep. You can use reg potatoes,sweet potatoes or apples. They just have to be sliced to a required thinness(thats a must) and laying them out on a paper towel before putting them on this tray & then into the microwave oven.
    They probably have a website so you could check it out.
    - 9/30/2012   9:51:23 AM
  • 28
    The Terra chips also have less sodium, more fiber, and a bunch of Vitamin A. - 9/30/2012   9:38:24 AM
  • 27
    I've seen others ask to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. That was my first thought here. Why aren't you comparing baked sweet potato chips to baked potato chips or fried potato chips to fried sweet potato chips. Or if you are going to ask the question you did then follow it up with the opp. comparison of baked sweet potato chips vs. fried potato chips. Let the SP followers really see what is going on nutrition wise so they can learn. It's not always just one aspect or one brand that matters.

    rubmamel - 9/30/2012   9:37:33 AM
  • 26
    Absolutely love the Baked Chips! I purchase the individual bags at my local Sam's and divide them up with my daughter and her boyfriend. I have only a small bag when I want a snack. This keeps me in check and my daughter and her boyfriend are eating healthier also. - 9/30/2012   8:50:14 AM
  • 25
    I always choose Terra Blue Potato Chips for a very special reason, the potatoes they use are truly blue, NO FOOD COLORING I promise... I know this because... those potatoes are grown in a field near my house by my husbands best friend, Lajoie Farms ROCK! They grow their blue potatoes just for Terra, and after the harvest there is always a basket or 2 left in the field that DH best friend brings by, and than I get to make homemade chips and fries with them! - 9/30/2012   8:42:41 AM
  • 1940PATRICIA
    24
    I have a Tel=fal actifry. Great for the times I crave fries or chicken wings. Minimal oil is used. - 9/30/2012   7:31:08 AM
  • 23
    For a treat, I do like the Terra Sweets and Beets chips (also 160 calories). And my GF family can eat them too. Also, sometimes I need a little more fat. The lowest fat food isn't always the best for me. And sometimes, a slightly high calorie food is more satisfying. I do count out the chips and put the bag away before eating them. And they go right on my tracker. - 9/30/2012   6:08:00 AM
  • 22
    I like to buy the boxes of individual serving bags. This helps keep me on track! Even if they aren't the healthiest brands, I can stick to ONE bag. - 9/30/2012   5:39:33 AM
  • 21
    I'm not much of a chip eater anymore. However, my favorite brand was Cape Cod Chips. Those are/were the BEST !!

    - 9/30/2012   5:26:32 AM
  • 20
    I don't eat chips-I stay away from them. - 9/30/2012   1:44:16 AM
  • 19
    I prefer home made potato chip. - 9/30/2012   1:07:10 AM
  • 18
    This is the one of the areas where knowing what a portion is can lead to much pleasure while not busting your nutrition goals! - 9/30/2012   1:05:57 AM
  • 17
    I love Baked Ruffles potato crisps. At 120 calories for 1 oz I can eat several and relieve my craving for crunchy.
    - 9/30/2012   12:46:15 AM
  • GRANNIE1078
    16
    I love the Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Multi grain cracker chips, they are crispy, crunchy and satisfy my chip cravings :) 27 chips are 130 calories, enough to make you feel like you had a small bag. - 9/29/2012   8:00:49 PM
  • 15
    I prefer homemade baked sweet potato chips and homemade kale chips. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the sweet potato. Fresh herbs in the olive oil I spray on the kale prior to baking, and a quick twist of the sea salt grinder. - 9/29/2012   7:46:38 PM
  • 14
    I Like Pirate's Booty Aged Cheddar Puffed Snacks BUT I Can Easily Eat More Of Them Although The Amount Wouldn't Compare To Eating Cheese Puffs Which Is A TREAT. I Have Been Eating Pretzel Sticks This Month And I Use Tortilla Chips To Make Healthy Nachos With Fish And Vegetables. - 9/29/2012   7:36:11 PM
  • 13
    I love Cheetos! Big problem temptation, so I don't buy them any more. Really miss them, but I feel like I have to lose the weight this time around. I lose very slowly, so I have to stick to the diet like glue! - 9/29/2012   5:57:45 PM
  • 12
    No chips for me except (maybe) every 3 months or more. I try to avoid them at all cost. - 9/29/2012   4:17:03 PM
  • 11
    I love blue corn chips, but I only take out a few for just one serving. Satisfies my salt craving. - 9/29/2012   2:31:47 PM
  • 10
    I love sweet potato chips and fries, but I'd rather have them baked than fried. - 9/29/2012   2:24:33 PM
  • 9
    Potato chips. I just love them. Especially the big bigs with the big chips in them.This is my day off or cheat day food. And I don't want a baked chip! - 9/29/2012   2:11:02 PM
  • TABERTAVA
    8
    Kettle potato chips are very tasty and I love teh simply ingredients list - 9/29/2012   12:53:34 PM
  • 7
    And I find the BEST are thin slices of sweet potato grilled on a GF grill, no oil, some seasoning, and healthy besides. 5-6 slices is a wonderful serving (I measure on a digital gram scale) - 9/29/2012   12:44:10 PM
  • 6
    I like to buy bags of Sweet Potato Pop Chips and as soon as I get home, I rebag them in zip lock baggies according to the serving size. This way, I can grab an exact serving size, walk away with it and never get tempted to eat straight out of the bag. It also keeps me from reaching for more than one serving since I can see exactly how much I have left. Of course it works for anything that you can bag up. =) - 9/29/2012   12:39:36 PM
  • 5
    I eat Lentil or Soy chips. I find they are move filling than potato chips and help up my protein. - 9/29/2012   12:11:03 PM
  • 4
    Thanks for the tip about portion size. - 9/29/2012   12:04:30 PM
  • 3
    It just so happens that I found the Kettle baked chips about a year ago and just love them....I do portion them out, but savor every bite. - 9/29/2012   10:53:36 AM
  • AMANDAROX
    2
    Lately my husband and I have been baking our whole corn tortillas to make our own tortilla chips!! By getting them to the right crispiness and adding a bit of salt, they taste so good at only 55 calories per 8 chips. They go good with salsa and taste even better with some homemade hummus! - 9/29/2012   10:24:32 AM
  • 1
    Virtually every binge I've had has been on chips. I don't buy them, but for hubby they are a staple. :o( I just try to stay away from them all together since I can't trust myself. - 9/29/2012   10:07:20 AM

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