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Healthier Potato Chips for your Kids

on September 23, 2010

I’m on the search for a healthier kind of potato chips. The best option would be making it at home, but sometimes I have no more time to do that.

According to Frito Lay’s website which was last update February 2010 that Lays and Stax products are made on gluten free lines.
I often try to avoid the flavored chips because they may contain casein in the case of the sour cream flavors, cheese flavors, etc…

On a shopping trip to Unimart a while ago, I was able to pick up the ff products:

Out of curiousity, I listed down the ingredients and nutrition facts, I was able to notice a couple of things.

Lay’s Stax Original — Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original — Baked! Lays Original

Calories 160 — 150 — 120
Total Fat 9g — 8g — 2g
Saturated 4.5g — 1 g — 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0g — 2g — 1 g
Monounsaturated 0g — 4.5 — 0.5 g
Trans fat 0g — 0g — 0g
Cholesterol 2g — 0mg — 0mg
Sodium 125mg — 110mg — 180 mg
Potassium 0mg– 0mg- – 250 mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g — 18 g — 23 g
Dietary Fiber 1g — 1 g — 2 g
Sugar 2g — 0g — 2g
Protein 2g — 2g — 2g
Vitamin A 0% — 0% — 0%
Vitamin B1 6% — 0% — 0%
Vitamin B2 2% — 0% — 0%
Vitamin B6 0% — 6% — 8%
Vitamin C 0% — 10% — 4%
Calcium 0% — 0% — 2%
Iron 2% — 2% — 0%
Thiamin 0% — 2% — 4%
Riboflavin 0% — 0% — 4%
Magnesium 0% — 0% — 4%
Phosphorus 0% — 2% — 6%
Niacin 0% — 4% — 6%
Allergens: none listed — peanut oil — soy,corn
Flavoring: YES — NO — NO
Shelf Life 9 mos — 6 mos — 6 mos
Manufactured Thailand — USA — USA
Gluten Free Questionable — YES — YES

Lay’s Stax

Ingredients: Potato, vegetable oil, potato starch, seasoning, ribotide, natural identical flavor. No preservatives.
This is often a staple in the house.

It’s supposedly the least offending of potato chips on the market and made from gluten free lines. I just don’t know if Lay’s manufactured in Thailand still adhere to gluten free lines. Since their policies differ from country to country.

Comparing the nutritional list, I noticed that they put nature identical flavoring in it. They don’t have as much nutritional value as the Kettle and Baked! version. They also have the highest amount of fat and calories per serving.

What I like about this: It comes with it’s own canister and tray. You can keep your potato chips fresh in the tubes.

Pricing: Php 59.50 for 120g. It’s the cheapest among the three.

Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original Extra Crunchy Potato Chips, BBQ flavor (acceptable gfcf)

Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil and Sea salt.

Allergen info: This product is made on equipment that also makes products containing peanut oil!

What I like about this is that it contains the least amount of sodium among the 3 brands. It’s also got a lot more nutrional value than the Lay’s Stax.

WARNING :Stay away from this one if you have issues with peanuts or peanut oil.

Baked ! Lays Original

It’s label states that it’s got “80% less fat than regular potato chips” and goes on to tell us that the “fat content of regular potato chips is 10g per 1 oz serving; fat content of these snacks is 2 g per 1 oz serving.”

What I like about it: It’s baked. It contains the least amount of fats among all three products. It has highest vitamin levels among all.

Pricing : Php 114.50 for a 170 g bag.

WARNING : Contains soy lecitin and corn oil.

What We Like Best:

Baked ! Lays Original wins hands down. My 2nd runner up is Kettle Cooked Original Extra Crunchy Potato Chips, followed by Lay’s Stax.

Disclaimer: We don’t claim that eating potato chips is healthy, this article just serves to analyze which one might be a better option of potato chips for our kids.


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