– Brandon Freimner
When it comes to items like potato chips, it’s rather misleading to think of one particular type of brand as “better for you”. “A slightly healthier alternative” is a more accurate way of thinking.
Some foods don’t offer much in terms of nutrition, and should be accepted as such. That is why they are occasional treats.
When I enjoy a bowl of ice cream, I choose the brand that provides the best flavor and truly satisfies me. I prefer to have one scoop of decadent ice cream once in a while than half a box of fat-free, sugar-free, Splenda-laden fudge pops every week.
If you ever find yourself in the supermarket aisles looking for the “healthiest potato chip,” you are doing yourself a disservice.
Onto your question (which I really like, since Pringles are usually considered “less fattening” because, as the commercials used to proudly point out, they leave less greasy residue on your hands than a bunch of Ruffles or Lay’s).
I will let the facts speak for themselves.
Here is how one serving of Pringles (14 crisps) compares to a serving of Ruffle’s (12 chips):
- Calories: Both offer 160 calories
- Fat: 10 grams (Ruffles) vs. 11 grams (Pringles)
- Saturated Fat: 1 gram (Ruffles) vs. 3 grams (Pringles)
- Sodium: 160 milligrams (Ruffles) vs. 170 milligrams (Pringles)
- Potassium: 340 milligrams (Ruffles) vs. 0 milligrams (Pringles)
In essence, Pringles are potato chips in a tube, by no means a “healthy alternative”.
And, at least with conventional potato chips (Pringles are dehydrated potato flakes), you get a decent amount of potassium.