POTATO CHIPS
America's Favorite Bag Snack

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Potato chips - one portion size. Photo/B.YarnellA serving of potato chips, one ounce. I weighed it rather than go with the "about 15 chips" serving size.
Potato chips - 75% of the recommended portion sizes. Photo/B.YarnellSeventy-five percent (75%) of the suggested serving size.
Potato chips - the 25% you don't eat. Photo/B.YarnellTwenty-five percent (25%) of a portion size. All the plates on this page are the same size, seven inches.

Portion reduction for something like chips may not seem like much, but remember, you also reduce portions of the sandwich that goes with it. But if this is the only change in your diet you make, see what happens...

REGULAR PORTION SIZES
1 ounce Lays Potato Chips = 150 calories

25% PORTION REDUCTION
3/4 ounce Lays = 112 calories

CALORIES SAVED = 38

Make a similar portion reduction everyday and lose 3.9 pounds in a year with no other diet or exercise changes. Doesn't sound like much does it? But consider the following...

Potato chips - 3 serving sizes. Photo/B.YarnellEver sit down and eat a big pile of chips? C'mon, everybody has! Check out what you could have had for the same calories!

3 PORTION SIZES
3 ounces chips = 450 calories

Or nearly the same amount of calories as any of the following...

Quarter Pounder w/cheese
410 CALORIES

10 piece McNuggets
460 CALORIES

Italian beef sandwich
400 CALORIES

4 Lammes Dark Chocolate Longhorns
480 CALORIES

12 large grilled shrimp
grilled kabob; pineapple slices, scallions, red & yellow peppers
corn on the cob with 1 tablespoon butter

462 CALORIES

Large chicken fajita w/onion, tomato, lettuce, guacamole, hot salsa
mixed leafy green salad with homemade dressing

470 CALORIES

BONUS TIP

I'm not so sure these things are as bad for us as many people claim. My favorite chip has three ingredients and tastes fresh, not like they were cooked in rancid oil. Just don't eat three servings at a time!


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