Monday, April 7, 2014


The last two posts have discussed being a "Junk Food Addict" and potato chips fall into the category of junk food.  There are also several posts on this blog about "Couch Potato Calories" and potato chips fall into that category, too. Let's have a little post now about potato chips. We all know there are many different kinds and flavors of potato chips on the market today but for this post let's say we are just talking about the general potato chip.

  • 1-oz of potato chips has around 150 calories
  • 1-oz of potato chips has around 10 grams of fat and 3 of those are saturated (bad) fat.
  • The average potato chip is deep-fried and usually not in a healthy oil.
  • The average potato chip has too much salt.
  • If you eat just 1-ounce of potato chips a day, 3 times a week, within a year you will have consumed roughly 23,400 calories in potato chips. That translates to a 7-pound weight gain per year, just from chips. And really now, let's be honest here, are you only going to eat only 1-ounce of chips 3 times a week? Most of us eat more than that at a time.
  • In addition to weight gain, the fat, salt, carbs, etc are just not conducive to good health!
So what can you do to cut back on or totally eliminate these chips from your diet? Replace them with a healthier food!  Try rice cakes or popcorn cakes. Dry roasted edamame is also a good choice. Nuts are healthy if they are not coated in sugar, etc. But beware of the calorie count in the nuts you choose. And if you want to really go healthy, replace chips with fresh veggies such as carrot sticks, etc.

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