How to Stop Eating Potato Chips, and Why (and What to Eat Instead); Plus Potato Chip Brand Nutrition Facts | Well In Truth (2023)

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Some people have a sweet tooth, but for many of us, salty snacks are the go-to comfort food of choice. Potato chips, Dorito’s, Tostito’s Cheeto’s, Frito’s, Muncho’s, and all the others ending in an “o,” or other letters—they beckon temptingly when you’re hungry.

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But you’d be hard-pressed to find a greater concentration of empty calories, unhealthy fat and excessive salt than potato chips and similar salty snacks. They’re addictive; the manufacturers even brag about it. Remember Pringles’ ad slogan, “Once you pop, you can’t stop?” And Lay’s was “Bet you can’t eat just one.”

Here are ways to stop eating potato chips. Then keep reading for replacement ideas; a nutrition comparison of the top chip brands; and information on why chips aren’t good for you.

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9 Tips on How to Give up the Chips

  1. Start by cleaning out your pantry—Remove temptation. Throw all the chips in your house away. If others in your household insist on buying chips, ask them to hide them from you.
  2. Don’t by them again—When you go to the store, don’t cruise the snack aisle. Put your blinders on and roll right past it. Nothing to see there, folks. Allow yourself to buy items only on your shopping list—and don’t put chips on your list.
  3. Visualize the consequences for your body—Before you put a chip in your mouth, contemplate what it will do in your body and to your cells. Envision the unhealthy fats damaging your DNA; the salt increasing your blood pressure; and the carbs spiking your insulin. Imagine the empty calories converting to fat in your belly and staying there for years.
  4. Stop adding salt to your food throughout the day—This will help restore your sensitivity to salt, and make the salt in chips seem excessive and distasteful.
  5. Eat satisfying meals throughout the day—This will help you get rid of cravings for snacks. Include protein and a healthy fat (like avocado, nuts, seeds or olive oil) with every meal.
  6. Bring your own snacks with you wherever you go—Even if you buy lunch out, at work or when running errands, bring your own healthy, savory side dish/snack (see ideas below).
  7. Eat more of the main dish—If you eat chips with meals because the rest of the meal isn’t filling enough, eat more of the main meal. For example, I used to order a 6″ Subway veggie sandwich and chips; now I order a 12″ sandwich and no chips. I get a similar amount of calories as the chips, but in filling, wholesome food instead of junk food.
  8. Identify when and why you eat chips—What are you feeling when you reach for unhealthy chips? Write it down and track it. Get clear on these root causes and make a plan to address them.
    • Do you always eat them at lunch, reflexively?
    • Do you snack on them when your blood sugar plummets, because you didn’t eat enough protein at your last meal?
    • Are you stress eating?
    • Do you eat them when you drink alcohol? Drinking triggers carb cravings, studies show (reference)
  9. Replace chips with something else—One theory of habit change is to replace the bad habit with something else. Read on.

9 Ideas for Replacing Potato Chips or Other Salty Snacks

All these options for replacing potato chips in a meal or as a snack are savory, a little salty, and generally good for you:

  1. Popcorn—High in fiber and low in calories (if you don’t add a lot of oil or butter). Enjoy it three ways:
    • Pop your own kernels, and season with pepper or nutritional yeast for a parmesan-like flavor and added B vitamins.
    • Buy a pre-popped brand not made with unhealthy fats.I like Skinny Pop original. You can buy a case of their individual serving size bags at a reasonable price here on amazon.
    • A great microwave brand is Quinn; its biodegradable bags have no chemical coatings or plastics, and the popcorn is organic and non-GMO. You can check it out here on amazon.
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  1. Nuts—Any type will do. Many brands are fried in oil (that’s what dry roasting means in the nut industry, which is pretty nutty). The best choices are raw or toasted without added oil.
    • Fisher brands are never fried in oil; buy them here on amazon.
    • Pistachios in the shell are a great option because they take work to eat; the shells slow you down.
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  1. Kale chips – make your own, it’s super easy; here is a good recipe from Allrecipe. You can use the same technique with carrots, beets, turnips and other veggies. Here is an amazing recipe for Smoked Paprika Zucchini Chips from Nutrition Sisters.
  2. Edamame—soy beans in the pod make you work a bit for them. You can buy them frozen—already cleaned, prepped and ready to cook.
  3. Roasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds—many grocery and health food stores offer these in bins or pre-packaged. They will have been roased in oil, but are more healthy than potato chips.
  4. Roasted chickpeas—The upside is that these are mainly whole chickpeas; not flour. But the store-bought variety are roasted in oil, and sometimes include a lot of salt or other flavorings. Still, the chickpeas pack a protein punch and offers additional nutrients you wont find in potato chips. Try the Biena brand here on amazon. I find this snack to be a bit on the dry side, but it’s filling. Or try making your own; here is a great recipe from Love and Lemons.
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  1. Seasnax seaweed snacks—This brand makes “strangely addictive” seaweed snacks, as their tagline states. They use 100% olive oil and few other ingredients. Seaweed is high in iodine and other minerals that most of us don’t get enough of. Give them a try here on amazon (I linked you to the lime flavor, but all the varieties are good).
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  1. Dill pickles—Having a dill pickle spear with your sandwich is a great way to get a hit of crunchy, salty flavor. Why eat dill potato chips when you can have a pickle made with real dill? Choose pickles made with brine, not vinegar; the ones with vinegar don’t have probiotics, and don’t taste as good. Try Kruegermann Dill Pickles, available on amazon here (the cloudy liquid is normal).
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  1. Plant-based baked snacks—I wouldn’t suggest making these a staple in your diet; they are highly-processed and not dense in nutrients. Still, when you need to satisfy a salty/crunchy craving, these are a much better choice than potato or nacho chips.
    • Harvest Snaps are made from peas, black beans or red lentils (these are the primary ingredients of the different varieties) and are baked, not fried. Nevertheless, canola oil is a major ingredient. You can shop for a multi-pack here on amazon (not easy to find in stores).
    • Enjoy Life Lentil Chips have lentil flour as their primary ingredient. They are baked not fried, but canola oil is a major ingredient. You can order a variety pack here on amazon (not easy to find in stores).
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Don’t be fooled by products like Veggie Stix, where the top two ingredients are Potato Starch and Dehydrated Potato, and are fried, not baked (based on the brand’s statement “cooked in expeller-pressed oil.” Isn’t that just another potato chip? Many bagged salty snacks disguise themselves as healthy when they are little better than regular potato chips; be sure to read the labels and look for products that are baked, not fried, for better health

All these choices can satisfy your crunchy, salty cravings. It won’t be long before you don’t miss potato chips at all!

Potato Chip Brand Nutrition Facts: A Comparison Chart

Take a look at this nutrition comparison of the top-selling brands of potato chips, plus two healthy snack foods: an apple and popcorn.

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Based on a one-ounce serving, except for the apple

BrandCaloriesFat (grams)Sodium (mg)Carbs (gram)Protein (gram)FiberVitamin C (% DV)Iron (% DV)
Pringles (plain)1509150161<1N/A0.1
Lay’s (plain)16010170152162
Lay’s (sour cream and onion)160101601521102
Lay’s (baked)1203.51602221N/A0
Cape Cod (plain)1408125162100
Less Fat Cape Cod (original)1306125182202
Ruffles (plain)16010150152162
Terra vegetable chips1509110161301
Apple (1 medium)950025017141
Popcorn (air-popped)11012224401

Chip information based on packaging labels as of Sept., 2021.

Apple and popcorn information: U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Note that the serving sizes are by the ounce, but the single-serving bags are usually bigger than an ounce. For example, the Lay’s lunch-size bag contains 1 ½ ounces. You’re actually getting 240 calories from chips when you have a lunch-size bag of Lay’s.

As you can see, even the baked or low-fat types are not a calorie bargain.

Why Potato Chips are Not Good For You

It’s not just the calories. Here are the other nutritional downsides of chips:

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  • Low nutritional value—Chips may have a little vitamin C and iron, as the chart above shows, but these nutrients come at a high cost. You would have to eat 368 calories’ worth of Lay’s plain chips to get the same amount of vitamin C that is in one medium apple. You would have to eat 2,720 calories of Lay’s chips to get the same fiber as in one apple.
  • High in acrylamide—Fried food has an increased amount of acrylamide. According to the American Cancer Society (, this substance is formed by sugars and an amino acid that are found naturally in starchy foods. Its concentration is dramatically increased by high heat cooking, like frying, roasting and baking. It is a known toxin and carcinogen. Foods like French fries and potato chips top the list of acrylamide-containing foods.
  • High in empty carbs—Potato chips, especially if eaten alone as a snack, will spike your blood sugar, stressing you system and causing an energy crash after you eat them.
  • High in salt—Salt blunts the satiation response. You’ll eat more than you really want when chips are doused in salt. And as you already knew, a diet high in salt is linked with high blood pressure and other ill health effects.
  • Link to weight gain—A study in the New England Journal of Medicine assessed the effects of lifestyle changes including physical activity, television watching, alcohol use, sleep duration, and diet on weight in 120,877 people over 20 years. The study analyzed the impact of foods includingfruits/vegetables, whole grains, refined grains, potatoes, potato chips, dairy products, sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets, processed/unprocessed meats, and fried foods on weight. Of all of the foods and lifestyle habits studied, an increase in potato chip consumption was associated with the highest amount of weight gain!
  • Unhealthy fats—Most chips are fried in corn, soybean, canola or cottonseed oils. Many of these fats have a poor omega 3/omega 6 profile, which is inflammatory, and can trigger weight gain and a host of health problems. Frustratingly, most chips ingredient labels list the possible fats in the ingredients, like this, from both the Lay’s (plain) and Ruffles (plain) labels: “Sunflower, corn and/or canola oil.” Which is it? We don’t know; it’s up to the chip manufacturer. Why do they do this? To save money, of course. You can read more about that on a food supplier’s website here: If the healthier oil is more expensive, you can bet the unhealthier ones will be used.

Why Do We Crave Potato Chips When They Are So Bad For Us?

A few reasons:

  • Human beings are hard-wired from our caveman days to prefer high-calorie foods. When food was scarcer than it is today, this instinct helped keep us alive. Today, it helps keep us overweight.
  • We are also hard-wired to prefer salt because it is necessary for life, but used to be hard to find in our caveman days. We like the taste and it gives us a dopamine hit to ingest it.
  • Crunchy foods instinctively appeal to us as crunch is an indication of freshness. This serves us better when assessing celery than potato chips, but our brains don’t differentiate when it comes to crunch. Research has been done on the appeal of relative degrees of crunch in potato chips, believe it or not (see references). In one food study, the louder the crunch, the more people ate.
  • Chips are easy to eat. They are readily available and need no cooking or prep time. They are very convenient when you’re busy or feeling lazy.

But you don’t have to give up savory snacks or having a crunchy side dish with your sandwich. Try the delicious, healthier alternatives in this article, and you’ll learn to love them better than chips; and you can eat them guilt-free.

If you found this article interesting, you might like The Healthiest Breakfast Cereals round-up on my blog.

If you like coffee with your cereal, read this article about 11 Healthy Vegan Mix-ins to level-up your morning joe.

Replace those chips with these 11 High-Energy Foods for Vegans—a quick read.

Thanks for reading!


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  • High in acrylamide—Fried food has an increased amount of acrylamide. According to the American Cancer Society (, this substance is formed by sugars and an amino acid that are found naturally in starchy foods. Its concentration is dramatically increased by high heat cooking, like frying, roasting and baking. It is a known toxin and carcinogen. Foods like French fries and potato chips top the list of acrylamide-containing foods.
  • Wang, M., Moran, A. E., Liu, J., Qi, Y., Xie, W., Tzong, K., & Zhao, D. (2015). A Meta-Analysis of Effect of Dietary Salt Restriction on Blood Pressure in Chinese Adults.Global heart,10(4), 291–299.e6.
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How do I get rid of my potato chips addiction? ›

9 Healthy Ways to Beat Your Potato Chip Addiction
  1. Acknowledge your addiction. ...
  2. Chill out. ...
  3. Focus on the rest of your diet. ...
  4. Don't let anyone tell you veggies are the answer. ...
  5. Think outside the party box. ...
  6. Switch up your work snacks. ...
  7. Embrace the wave of healthier crunch options. ...
  8. Learn to love popcorn.
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What should I eat instead of potato chips? ›

  • Kale Chips. Kale chips are made by baking kale until it becomes crispy. ...
  • Apple Slices with Nut Butter. Apple slices with nut butter are a dietitian-approved snack that is healthy and satisfying. ...
  • Baked Zucchini Chips. ...
  • Roasted Chickpeas. ...
  • Baked Banana Chips. ...
  • Baked Green Bean Chips. ...
  • Baked Apple Chips. ...
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Why you should stop eating potato chips? ›

They're high in fat and in processed not-good saturated fat. Check them out and you'll see that, while they do vary, most chips generally have around 25 to 30 per cent total fat. If the chips are cooked in sunflower oil, it will state this on the ingredient list.

What happens to your body when you stop eating potato chips? ›

Weight loss Eliminating junk food can significantly reduce the total number of calories we consume in a day, which leads to weight loss. Quitting junk food like potato chips and cheesy foods is a simple way of reducing calorie intake.

Why do I want to keep eating chips? ›

Potato chips are best known for two things: salt and fat. Studies have shown that eating salt triggers the release of dopamine, a chemical messenger that controls your brain's pleasure center. Once your brain gets that first reward hit, it starts craving more.

What is the most addictive chip in the world? ›

Doritos. Everyone knows that when you buy Doritos, you're bound to finish the entire bag—and it's no surprise, really. The recipe for the popular chip was specially designed so that no single flavor overpowers another.

Is popcorn better than potato chips? ›

Yes, popcorn is generally healthier than chips. Popcorn is a whole grain food that's high in fiber and low in fat and calories. Chips are generally fried in fat and heavily salted. There are unhealthy popcorn options like movie theater popcorn or caramel corn, and there are healthy chip options.

What is the healthiest way to eat potato chips? ›

Go for an Oven-Baked Version

Find some oven-baked chips at the store if you want to enjoy potato chips on this national day or any other time you have a salty craving. You may see the terms oven-baked, baked, and kettle cooked on the label to indicate a healthier chip solution. These have less fat and calories.

What happens if you eat potato chips everyday? ›

If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease, and kidney disease," says Dr. Parcells. Other long-term side effects of eating a lot of chips are weight gain, trouble sleeping, dry skin, kidney disease, headaches, and inflammation.

Is it OK to eat potato chips everyday? ›

“While there tends to be a lot of fear around potato chips, really, they're just potatoes, oil and seasoning,” says dietician and nutrition therapist Rachael Hartley. “There's nothing inherently dangerous about potato chips, and certainly, you could eat them every day if you'd like.”

Do all chips have acrylamide? ›

“Acrylamide forms when foods like potatoes and cereals become crispy and brown. It even forms in roasted coffee beans.” That means acrylamide is in the crunch of potato chips, the crispy edges of French fries, and in toasted snacks and rich roasted coffees. But Stelwagen says it's not as much of a worry as it sounds.

What are the side effects of eating too many potato chips? ›

The sodium content in chips may negatively impact your cardiovascular health. A high intake of sodium can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease and kidney disease.

What happens if you eat chips every night? ›

Potato chips are greasy and full of fat. When you eat greasy, fatty foods before bed, studies have shown that you can be more prone to nightmares. Eating chips before bed can also make it harder for you to fall asleep because of digestive issues.

How long does it take for potato chips to leave your stomach? ›

Foods consisting of mostly refined carbs (white rice or bread, chips, cookies) tend to leave your stomach pretty quickly, often within 30 to 60 minutes. “Because they're refined, they're already in a very broken-down form, so they get digested quickly,” Dr.

Is it better to eat chips or ice cream? ›

Ice Cream Versus Potato Chips

You're definitely avoiding sugar with a serving of these popular potato chips, but are actually consuming more calories and fat than in one serving of vanilla bean or chocolate ice cream!

Are potato chips really unhealthy? ›

Potato chips

Potato chips lack any significant nutritional value, therefore are empty calories, period. They're also are high in fat, and low in fiber and protein.

What is the most eaten chip in America? ›

Doritos is the most popular chip brand in America. They're produced by Frito-Lay.

What is the number 1 chips? ›

Lay's was the leading potato chip brand of the United States with about 3.6 billion U.S. dollars worth of sales in 2021/2022, accounting for approximately 41 percent of the potato chip market that year. Potato chips are one of the subcategories of the retail snacking department. They are made out of potatoes.

Is Skinny Pop healthier than potato chips? ›


Because these chips are made from popped corn, their fiber content is higher than traditional potato chips, which is great for those looking to add that to their diet. According to Healthline, fiber intake is associated with a decreased risk of colon cancer, balanced blood sugar, and increased digestion.

What is the healthiest popcorn method? ›

Air-popped popcorn doesn't use oil and is the healthiest way to enjoy the snack, according to Cleveland Clinic. Popping it on the stovetop using oil can be a way to add healthy fats to your diet, just opt for walnut, avocado, canola, or extra virgin olive oil.

Which is better for diabetics popcorn or potato chips? ›

It is technically a low-GI food, even though it has a higher GI than many other foods in this category. Popcorn remains a better snack option than many salty or sugary snacks for avoiding high blood sugar and diabetes complications.

What can I have instead of chips? ›

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  • Kale Chips. ...
  • Sweet Potato Chips. ...
  • Cauliflower Crackers. ...
  • Raw Veggie Slices. ...
  • Air-Popped Popcorn. ...
  • Mixed Nuts.
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Are pretzels healthier than chips? ›

If you think pretzels are the “safer” of the traditional snack items, think again. “While this salty treat can be low in fat, they hold no redeeming nutritional value whatsoever,” Grotto says. “In a side-by-side comparison, 1 ounce of pretzels raised blood sugar higher than 1 ounce of potato chips.”

Are Doritos healthier than potato chips? ›

There really is not a tremendous difference nutritionally between standard potato chips and tortilla chips,” she explains. “Generally speaking, a one ounce serving contains about 130-150 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1-2 grams of fiber, and 6-10 grams of fat.

Which brand of potato chips has the least grease? ›

Ruffles Baked Original chips have 70 percent less fat than regular chips — clocking in at 120 calories and 3 grams of fat per 1 ounce, compared to 10 grams of fat in their regular counterpart. But the fat content isn't the only thing that's different.

What are the healthiest chips to eat with a sandwich? ›

Here are 15 great choices, according to dietitians.
  • PopCorners Sea Salt.
  • From the Ground Up Cauliflower Tortilla Chips.
  • HIPPEAS Straight Up Sea Salt.
  • Off the Eaten Path Veggie Crisps.
  • White Cheddar Pirate's Booty.
  • Jacksons Sea Salt Sweet Potato with Avocado Oil.
  • Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips.
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Are Pringles healthier than chips? ›

Pringles isn't high on the list of what we consider healthy chips, but their reduced-fat version is a welcome alternative. It contains fewer calories, fat, and sodium than the original recipe, but keeps the same amount of carbs and seasoning.

Why can't I stop eating chips? ›

The taste you can't resist is due to the sugar or salt that's often present in fatty foods. Lately, researchers have taken a closer look at salt. Eating lots of it has been linked to obesity, even independent of calorie consumption.

Do potato chips cause inflammation? ›

Similar to fries, potato chips are a carb, loaded with sodium, and tend to be fried in an inflammatory vegetable oil (peanut, canola, etc.). All three of these factors make them likely to irritate bodily inflammation.

Are potato chips bad for your arteries? ›

Potato Chips

And not only are they loaded with saturated fat, they're also covered in salt -- which is also linked to heart disease. Skip the lower-sodium or low-fat potato chips.

How much chips a day is too much? ›

One serving is 1 ounce or 18 chips. But even eating one serving of potato chips a day is a lot. Alexis Parcells, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of Parcells Plastic Surgery says that you should really be limiting your potato chip consumption to no more than the palm of your hand.

What food has acrylamide? ›

The major food sources of acrylamide are French fries and potato chips; crackers, bread, and cookies; breakfast cereals; canned black olives; prune juice; and coffee. Acrylamide levels in food vary widely depending on the manufacturer, the cooking time, and the method and temperature of the cooking process (5, 6).

What to do after eating a whole bag of chips? ›

Drink lots of water – at least two liters or more – the next day to rehydrate your body after consuming high-salt and high-sugar foods as well as alcohol,” Vavrek says. Keeping your body well-hydrated is always a good practice, especially after a binge, because water aids in digestion and reduces bloating.

How do I remove acrylamide from my body? ›

Drinking more water, a lot more water for some of us, will probably be the most important thing you can do to get rid of Acrylamide. However, make sure you are drinking pure water; otherwise you may inadvertently increase your exposure. Taking herbs to improve kidney and liver detoxification may be helpful.

What are the symptoms of acrylamide? ›

The main targets of acrylamide toxicity are the nervous system and reproductive system. Nervous system effects such as muscle weakness, numbness in hands and feet, sweating, unsteadiness, and clumsiness were reported in some acrylamide workers.

Does peanut butter contain acrylamide? ›

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration monitors acrylamide levels in certain foods, and amounts in peanuts and peanut products are low or undetectable. If present, acrylamide naturally forms when peanuts are roasted; it is not added to peanut butter by manufacturers.

What can help keep acrylamide levels to a minimum? ›

Baking foods to a golden yellow, or lighter colour, and at lower oven temperatures will reduce acrylamide levels. When cooking foods such as toast and toasted sandwiches do not over-toast or burn. Cooking bread to a golden colour, or lighter, will help to keep acrylamide levels lower.

Why is ice cream unhealthy? ›

Why Ice Cream Is Unhealthy. Ice cream is unhealthy because it is an energy dense food and has a high content of carbohydrates, sugar, and fat. With a carbohydrate count at about 15 grams in a one-half-cup serving, 20-30 grams of sugar depending on the flavour and 10-20 grams of fat.

Is it bad to eat 2 chips a day? ›

Similarly, eating chips everyday will increase your risk of experiencing negative health effects (not as much as smoking mind you), but doesn't guarantee you will experience any negative consequences. Another problem – yes, there are more problems – with nutrition is we don't eat in isolation.

What can I eat instead of chips at night? ›

Chips are one of the worst offenders at night because they contain very few nutrients: no fiber and no protein, with some fat from the oil. Otherwise, they are mostly refined carbohydrates, which aren't great for you. Swap for popcorn or whole-grain crackers instead.

What food to eat before bed? ›

5 best foods to eat before bed
  • Cherries. Cherries, especially the tart Montmorency variety, are a natural source of melatonin. ...
  • Bananas. Bananas are rich in magnesium and have been found to significantly increase melatonin. ...
  • Walnuts. ...
  • Turkey. ...
  • Milk.

Does drinking water after eating chips help? ›

Drink plenty of water: Junk food has high sodium content. This can leave the body feeling dehydrated and create an electrolyte imbalance. As a result, your body retains water and you begin to feel bloated.

What food takes the longest to digest? ›

Meat and fish can take as long as 2 days to fully digest. The proteins and fats they contain are complex molecules that take longer for your body to pull apart. By contrast, fruits and vegetables, which are high in fiber, can move through your system in less than a day.

What are the healthiest chips you can eat? ›

Best healthy protein chips: Quest Nutrition Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Protein Chips. Best healthy keto chips: KetoLogic Keto Cheese Crisps: Buffalo. Best healthy chicken chips: Wilde Sea Salt and Vinegar Chicken Chips. Best healthy avocado oil chips: Good Health Avocado Chips Sea Salt.

What can I replace junk food with? ›

Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food
  • Fresh Juice. ...
  • Dried Fruits. ...
  • Homemade Smoothies. ...
  • Sugar-Free Lemonade. ...
  • Dark Chocolate. ...
  • Healthy Granola. ...
  • Fibre-Rich Oatmeal. ...
  • Sugar-Free Sorbet.

Can I eat 1 bag of chips on a diet? ›

Chips are fine to eat when consumed in moderation, but watch out for high sodium content and trans fats. Note serving sizes before digging into a bag of chips. Kale chips and popcorn are great alternatives to make at home. Crunchy fruit, vegetables, and nuts are other chip alternatives.

What is a good detox after eating junk food? ›

  • Drink lots of water. Drinking water is the best way to flush toxins out of vital organs. ...
  • Start exercising. ...
  • Consume probiotics. ...
  • Add metabolism-boosting drinks to your regime. ...
  • Add some antioxidants in your diet. ...
  • Consume foods that are easy to digest. ...
  • Add some green vegetables.
Nov 17, 2020

What is the healthiest junk food? ›

These are the ideal junk food you should consider:
  • Oatmeal Cookies. ...
  • Cheese. ...
  • Popcorn. ...
  • Sweet Potato Chips. ...
  • Granola Bar. ...
  • Yogurt Pop. ...
  • Tortilla Chips. It's not just easy to prepare; it is also delicious and healthy for consumption. ...
  • Salsa. Vegetables are salsa's primary component, making it a healthy combination with chips.
Jun 23, 2022

What is the healthiest snack in the world? ›

Here are our top 10 healthy snacks* from around the world:
  1. Pumpkin seeds (Mexico) Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, as they are known in Mexico, are a great healthy snack. ...
  2. Goji berries (China) ...
  3. Summer rolls (Vietnam) ...
  4. Hummus (Lebanon) ...
  5. Edamame (Japan) ...
  6. Crispbread (Sweden) ...
  7. Tzatziki (Greece) ...
  8. Pretzel (Germany)

What to do when you crave crunchy food? ›

Dehydration may be to blame when salty, crunchy food cravings strike, reports the University of Rochester Medical Center. To prevent dehydration and keep food cravings at bay, drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces each day.

What is the healthiest crunchy salty snack? ›

Healthiest Salty Snacks
  • Nuts. 1/13. Walnuts. ...
  • Edamame. 2/13. These young soybeans have a mild, buttery flavor that's easy to like. ...
  • String Cheese. 3/13. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this lunch box staple. ...
  • Veggies and Dip. 4/13. ...
  • Popcorn. 5/13. ...
  • Seeds. 6/13. ...
  • Kale Chips. 7/13. ...
  • Mini Pizza. 8/13.

Are Ritz crackers healthy? ›

These snacks are high in fat and calories because they contain high-calorie processed ingredients such as canola oil, palm oil, and refined sugar. Eating Ritz on a regular basis can help you lose weight, but it can also mean you're eating way too much.

Is peanut butter good for you to eat? ›

Peanut butter is loaded with so many good, health-promoting nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium and vitamin B6. Research shows that people who regularly eat nuts and nut butter, including peanut butter, are less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Are crackers better than chips? ›

As you can see, their nutritional profiles are fairly close, per serving. The choice is yours, but I would give the advantage to the crackers, because of its lower fat content and extra fiber, which is something kids often don't have enough of in their diets. In moderation, either can be part of a healthy diet.


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