Food Showdown: Can You Pick the Chip Champion?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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CHERYLHURT 3/31/2020
I can control myself...just one large bag at a time! Report
PATRICIAANN46 11/21/2019
My favorite snack is Peanut Butter on Apple Slices. Report
ILOVEROSES 10/29/2019
Thanks. Report
REDROBIN47 9/26/2019
I stopped eating chips a long time ago and I'm sure not going to start eating them again. Since they are a trigger food for me, it's best to just not eat them. Report
I like to make kale chips and eat them and once we made avocado chips.Tasted really good too. otherwise we buy crackers or multigrain tortilla chips; much healtheir for you. Report
Interesting I must keep this information in mind. Report
I just stay away from them because they are not healthy with the canola oil use Report
Try to eat chips in moderation. So many other options in the snack item that are either healthier or attractive. Report
Very eye opening. Report
Wow! Report
I've never seen or heard of these weird brands, wjy do these articles have to go after such froo-froo hoty toty brands all the time? And to top it off this article was stupid short, I expected several brands and comparisons instead we got click bait. Report
Crispy salty snack food is a trigger for me, I have to skip them all. Report
Sun chips I have one serving a day,until the bag is gone, they keep me sane. I don't buy them too often as they can be a binge trigger (I eat the whole bag... When there's only healthy oodvin the house (besides those chips) I gobble on apples (lol) and crackers, lunch meat, jerky, lettuce, cheese... *throws up hands* Its so weird. Report
Interesting article, being diabetic I just avoid this type of snacking. Report
The best is yet to come. - Ernest Holmes ~ 2/2/18 Report
Yes, I eat chips and love all the Terra chips. Will get one small bag so I don't go overboard and don't have them often. Report
Unfortunately chips are my only snack trigger food. I don't care for sweets, but I sure can down a bag of chips! I can't really have them in the house. But I do choose the Kettle brand baked 60% less fat when I do treat myself. Report
I enjoy the sweet potato fries baked in the oven...... Report
Wow! Eye opener! Report
thanks Report
Good sound information Report
Good to know! Report
The baked chips in my local store have such a long list of ingredients, they weren't too appealing. I do buy regular potato chips (just potatoes, oil, salt) but I actually can "eat just one" so they're risk-free for me. It would be nice to have less oil and salt, though, would let the potato shine more. Takes a long time to get through a bag since I don't eat them every day or even every week. If needed, I'll bag them in portions just to keep them fresher. I like them plain, so I look for the tasty oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, sesame, peanut) because it really matters in a plain chip. I avoid ones made with canola oil or soybean oil, they just don't taste very good. The cheapie house brand is the only one left made with the tasty oils, oddly enough, the others want to sound healthier by using yuck canola oil. Anyway, what matters is taste and how much and how often you eat anything. I eat a lot of different types of chips and crackers for variety, especially on wheat-free days. Bean & rice chips in particular are tasty and high protein. Likewise for pea-based chips. There are grain/veggie combo chips that are very nice. Terra chips are significantly higher protein and fiber than potato chips also, as well as fun to identify... When rotating foods for allergy control, I've actually picked out each kind of Terra chip and bagged them separately. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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!!
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. Report
How about no chips at all! Report
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! :) Report
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. Report
I like the ones made out of brown rice. I use them when I make chicken taco salad. I just put in a few. Report
Remember the commercial - "Bet ya can't eat just one?" Well, I can't. Better I just stay away from them. Report
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. Report
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. Report
I've made my own baked chips - yum! Report
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.
The Terra chips also have less sodium, more fiber, and a bunch of Vitamin A. Report
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 Report
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. Report
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! Report
I have a Tel=fal actifry. Great for the times I crave fries or chicken wings. Minimal oil is used. Report
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. Report
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. Report
I'm not much of a chip eater anymore. However, my favorite brand was Cape Cod Chips. Those are/were the BEST !!

I don't eat chips-I stay away from them. Report
I prefer home made potato chip. Report
This is the one of the areas where knowing what a portion is can lead to much pleasure while not busting your nutrition goals! Report
I love Baked Ruffles potato crisps. At 120 calories for 1 oz I can eat several and relieve my craving for crunchy.
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. Report