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Food/Nutrition Columnist Author: Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN - Food and Nutrition Columnist - Last Updated: Sep 7, 2017 - 10:06:33 PM

Chips – Not A Potato In Sight

By Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN - Food and Nutrition Columnist -
Jul 21, 2014 - 12:05:35 AM

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( - Americans love potato chips. They are our number one snack choice and we eat more than 1.2 billion pounds of chips each year. There is even a National Potato Chip Day, celebrated yearly in March. It is no wonder that companies want to jump on the chip band wagon. I recently had the opportunity to taste some new chips, but not one of the varieties I tried was made from potatoes. See what you think.

Crunchmaster ( is known for its gluten-free crackers. They have extended their snack line to include Popped Edamame Chips which are made with non-GMO (no genetically modified) ingredients and are available in Wasabi and Sea Salt flavors. The edamame chips are certified gluten-free, kosher (OU) and there are 130 calories in a 1-ounce serving (approximately 18 chips).

Worried about protein? Boulder Canyon ( can offer you a Protein Crisp with 10 grams of protein and 120 calories in a 1-ounce serving (approximately 47 chips). The protein content is delivered through a combination of lentil, whole grain corn meal, and pea protein. They are available in Dark Chocolate and Asiago Cheese flavors.

Ocean's Halo Seaweed Chips ( are about as far from a potato chip as you can get. The company's co-founder Mike Shim told me he wanted to bring seaweed to consumers who traditionally would not be eating this food. The chips are based in seaweed along with brown and white rice flour. Seaweed is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, taking as little as 15 days from seed to harvest. With the ocean as their farm, Ocean's Halo is committed to the ocean's survival and the company donates 2% of profits to organizations that are working toward the health of all oceans. Seaweed Chips are currently available in four flavors, Chili Lime, Sea Salt, Korean BBQ and Hot & Spicy with more flavors in the pipeline.  All varieties have 85 calories in a 1-ounce serving. They are gluten-free, USDA certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, and certified kosher (OU).

CVS pharmacy, with 7,600 stores nationwide, has launched an in-store brand of healthy snacks. The Gold Emblem Abound ( line includes Gluten Free Baked Rice Crisps in three flavors - Sea Salt, Barbeque, and Sea Salt and Vinegar. A 1-ounce serving of 20 crisps has 130 calories. The entire line of snacks is free of artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. Baked Rice Crisps are sourced from Thailand.


Grace Foods ( has been selling authentic Caribbean food since 1922. Grace produces Green Banana Chips, Plantain Chips, and Sweet Plantain Chips. The ingredients are simple. Green Banana Chips are made from green bananas, non-hydrogenated vegetable oil, and salt with 160 calories in a 1-ounce serving. Plantain Chips with 130 calories in a 1-ounce serving have the same basic ingredients. Sweet Plantain Chips substitute the salt for sugar and have 140 calories in a 1-ounce serving. All varieties are sourced from Colombia.

Everyone is eating kale, so why not kale chips. Simply Kale ( is baked kale chips available in five flavors: Sour Cream and Onion, Chile Coconut Lime, Sea Salt, Sesame Seed, and Sweet Cinnamon. The kale chips have 60 calories (Sweet Cinnamon 70 calories) in a half ounce serving which is one-third of the package. Kale chips are a good source of vitamin A and calcium.

© NRH Nutrition Consultants, Inc.
Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and the author of the nutrition counter series for Pocket Books with sales of more than 8.5 million books.

Look for:

The Diabetes Counter, 5th Ed., 2014

The Fat and Cholesterol Counter, 2014

The Most Complete Food Counter, 3rd ed., 2013

The Calorie Counter, 6th Ed., 2013

The Complete Food Counter, 4th ed., 2012

The Protein Counter, 3rd Ed., 2011

The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter, 3rd Ed., 2010

The Healthy Wholefoods Counter, 2008

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