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How to Find the Best Healthy Tortilla Chips

By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., December 2, 2013 - 2:10pm

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Most tortilla chips contain just corn, oil and salt and less than 150 calories per serving—not bad stats for a food that normally gets relegated to the “junk food” aisle. We searched out the healthiest options (that still taste great). Here’s what we found:

Bye-Bye, Baked: The taste and texture of baked chips often leaves much to be desired and there’s no real nutritional benefit. Baked have about the same calories as fried chips, but more carbs and sodium.

Ditch the Bag: As tempting as it is, don’t eat straight from the bag. Research shows we eat up to 80% more from a large container or bowl. Instead, measure out a single serving to enjoy.

Sing the Blues: Blue corn tortilla chips get their color from anthocyanins, brain-boosting flavanoids, and contain slightly more protein than white or yellow corn chips.

Brands We Love: Tostitos Simply Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips, Bearitos Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (made with organic blue corn), Green Mountain Gringo White Corn Tortilla Strips

Numbers to Look For:
Serving Size: About 1 ounce (About 6-15 chips; check your bag. Are you really only going to eat 6 chips?)
Saturated Fat Per Serving: ≤ 1g
Sodium Per Serving: ≤ 100mg

Ingredients to Avoid: cottonseed and palm oil (they’re higher in saturated fat than other oils), sugar

What ingredients do you look for in tortilla chips? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., Food Blog, Good choices, Health, Nutrition, Snacks

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa Valente is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @LisaDValente

Lisa asks: What ingredients do you look for in tortilla chips?

Tell us what you think:

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