Potato Chips vs. Pretzels


Got a craving for something crunchy and salty?  If both were available, which one do you grab? Pretzels or potato chips?  Potato chips tend to be high in fat but does that mean pretzels are healthier?

SALTY IS THE NEW SWEET:  A serving of each of these salty treats is one ounce or about 20 chips or pretzels.  Potato chips tend to be higher in calories and fat; around 160 calories and 10 grams fat per one ounce serving.  Pretzels are higher in carbohydrates and protein; around 25 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of protein per one ounce serving.  Potato chips are often thought to have more sodium than pretzels because they taste salty, however pretzels pack a whopping 450 milligrams of sodium per one ounce serving while potato chips have around 220 milligrams per serving!  Pretzels not only have salt on them, which adds to their sodium content; the dough has salt too.  Pretzels are higher in iron than potato chips due to the enriched flour that is used as their main ingredient.

Who wins? Considering other nutritional criteria, these two snacks are about the same.

TIP: Choose non-salted pretzels or baked potato chips for a lower fat, lower sodium snack option. Another option is to choose a completely different snack that is much healthier than these.