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(Updated 4/5/2011)
Are Vegetable Chips Healthy?
The inside scoop on the newest trend in snack chips


If you’ve traveled down the snack food aisle lately you may have noticed that there are new additions stacked next to your old stand-by potato chips. Baked chips, pita chips and whole grain chips are just a few of the newest products to hit the shelves. The most recent addition to the bulk food aisle includes vegetable chips, which are actually slices of vegetables that have been prepped for snacking just like your favorite potato chip. Since these chips are made from real vegetables, they have to be healthy, right? We’ll provide you with the nutrition facts about these chips and let you be the judge on whether or not to deem these crunchy chips as a healthy snack.

*Note: all nutrition info is based on a serving size of 1 ounce (28 g).

Carrot Chips
Calories: 150 -Total fat: 7 g- Saturated Fat: 0 g- Trans Fat: 0 g- Cholesterol: 0 mg- Sodium: 95 mg - Vitamin A: 10%
*Made with non-hydrogenated canola oil

Okra Chips
Calories: 150- Total Fat: 7 g- Saturated Fat: 0 g- Trans Fat: 0 g- Cholesterol: 0 mg- Sodium: 85 mg- Vitamin A: 4%
*Made with non-hydrogenated canola oil

Squash Chips
Calories: 150- Total Fat: 7 g- Saturated Fat: 0 g- Trans Fat: 0 g- Cholesterol: 0 mg- Sodium: 85 mg- Vitamin A: 4%
*Made with non-hydrogenated canola oil

Orange Sweet Potato Chips

Calories: 150- Total Fat: 7 g- Saturated Fat: 0 g- Trans Fat: 0 g- Cholesterol : 0 mg- Sodium:85 mg- Vitamin A: 2%
*Made with non-hydrogenated canola oil

Purple Sweet Potato Chips
Calories: 150- Total Fat: 7 g- Saturated Fat: 0 g- Trans Fat: 0 g- Cholesterol: 0 mg- Sodium: 75 mg- Vitamin A: 6%
*Made with non-hydrogenated canola oil

We also compiled an average of nutrition information for a 1 ounce (28 g) serving for five popular brands of original potato chips. The results are as follows:

Regular Potato Chips
Average Calories: 152 –Average Total Fat : 9.5 g –Average Saturated Fat: 2.9 g Average Trans Fat: 0.6 g– Average Cholesterol: 4 mg –Average Sodium: 125 mg Average Vitamin A: 0%
*Most are made with lard or vegetable oil

After taking a look at the nutrition facts for vegetable chips and several varieties of potato chips, it’s easy to see that the vegetable chips are able to claim the upper hand when it comes to health for a couple of reasons. The vegetable chips are made with non-hydrogenated canola oil versus the shortening and lard used in some of the potato chip choices, which helps to keep the vegetable chips free of harmful fats and cholesterol. The sodium (salt) levels in all of the vegetable chips are slightly lower than the regular potato chips. Also, if you’re looking to get essential vitamins out of your afternoon snack, then the carrot chips are an especially good choice. The carrot chips contain 10% of the daily recommended serving of vitamin A in each ounce of chips.

While it’s best to get your vegetables (and fruit!) in raw form rather than through fried or processed snacks, making the switch from regular potato chips to vegetable chips may be a smart snack food for you and your family. Enjoy the crispy crunch and delicious flavor of any one of the vegetable chip varieties, just be sure to do so in moderation.

*Check out this news segment about Veggie Chips and Dips featuring Brown's Marketplace!