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Should I Skip Potato Chips?

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Are potato chips OK to eat if you have diabetes? Get the facts here. 

Serving size: about 12-22 chips (1 oz), but check the label 

Carbs: 15 g

Calories: 150

Glycemic index: 57, medium

Glycemic load: 9, low

 

Despite their rep as a junk food, potato chips do have some redeeming qualities: the tubers they’re made of actually make them a good source of vitamin C and potassium! But they’re notoriously addictive (you know the saying, “you can’t eat just one”). If you don’t stop at the (admittedly small) 1-ounce serving size, the calories and carbs can add up quickly.

Potato chips are also not the best snack food. Ideally, snacks should fill in the nutritional gaps in your day — they give you a chance to fit in a serving of fruits and vegetables or whole grains, for instance. If you’re a daily snacker, consider putting some healthier, more balanced snacks in the rotation: try whole-grain crackers and lowfat cheese; an apple with peanut butter; or air-popped popcorn.

Quick tip: Buy or portion potato chips into small, single-serving bags. It’s easier to stick to that 1-ounce serving if you’re not fighting the urge to finish the bag.

 

Published on August 10, 2016.

 

— Compiled by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD

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Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE on June 11, 2016.
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