Salt-free tortilla chips – they’re available; watch the fat though

Chips of almost any kind are likely off your menu if you’re on a restricted diet. Most are loaded with salt and, depending on how they’re made, fat as well. Yet when you crave something crunchy (and you don’t eat nuts like me) what can you do?

Salt-free tortilla chips are out there. I’ve found them at both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. The Trader Joe’s variety, TJ’s orgnaic white corn tortilla chips, has 0 mgs of salt and 7 grams of fat per ounce. The Whole Food option, 365 chips, also white corn based,  has 0 mgs of sodium and 6 grams of fat per ounce, so the Whole Foods brand is the better choice, given it’s lower fat content. Each has zero sugar.

Here's what one ounce of tortilla chips looks like. Is it enough for you?
Here’s what one ounce of tortilla chips looks like. Is it enough for you?

But who eats only an ounce of chips? Maybe a Buddhist monk somewhere, real people want more. How much is an ounce of chips anyway? I weighed some out. As you can see in the photo here, it’s not much, less than a dozen chips at best. I then filled the bowl and weighed it again. I had four ounces at that point. That’s less than I would have eaten during a football game in the past, but it’s more than my limit now.

Those four ounces gave me 24 grams of fat, more than half my daily allowance of 40 grams. They put me over my daily allowance the Sunday I had them, so eat sparingly, even when you have salt-free chips. And if you know of a fat-free, salt-free tortilla chip, let me know, my bowl is empty right now.



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