Nutritional balance of potato chips (2e) - 2012

[PEREZGONZALEZ Jose D (2012). Nutritional balance of potato chips (2e)6. Knowledge (ISSN 2324-1624), 2013, pages 50-54.] [DOI] [Printer friendly] [YouTube channel] [Screenr channel]

Potato chips' BNI

Perezgonzalez assessed the nutritional balance of potato chips7 in 20121, as part of a research on the nutritional composition of snacks in New Zealand.

Potato chips had, on average, a extremely unbalanced8 nutritional composition (BNI 70.12f), being particularly biased towards excess of fat. They were also low in sugar, high in saturated fat and sodium, and low in protein, carbohydrate and fiber.

Illustration 1: Nutrition information (potato chips)
BNI 70.12f 0.00
Food, 100g 2012 Ideal
Protein 5.9 25.9
Carbohydrate 50.6 71.3
Sugar 1.7 < 13.0
Fat 32.5 14.4
Saturated fat 11.9 < 5.8
Fiber 4.4* 7.8
Sodium 0.369 < 0.519
Kcal 518.5 518.5
kJul 2169.4 2169.4
(*) Fiber content estimated from USDA database5.
Illustration 2: Nutritional profile (potato chips)
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ideal % = grey cells; actual % = asterisk (*)

International standards

Potato chips appeared as extremely unbalanced according to international Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs).

Illustration 3: Nutritional balance across international RDIs
Potato chips (dietIndex) 70.12 67.18 56.64 57.27 46.16
Product100g Company BNI WHO US/CAN AUS/NZ UK
Bluebird Light Plus sour cream & chives Bluebird 65.36 65.36 51.58 51.58 51.58
Copper Kettle Chips vintage cheddar & red onion Copper Kettle Chips 71.86 71.86 59.62 59.62 59.62
Copper Kettle Chips wood fired BBQ Copper Kettle Chips 71.91 71.91 59.62 59.62 59.62
Copper Kettle Chips sea salt Copper Kettle Chips 73.04 73.04 63.04 63.04 63.04
Heartland Potato Chips sour cream & chives Heartland 77.31 77.31 66.48 66.48 66.48
Eta Kettles honey soy chicken Griffin's 77.99 77.99 64.21 64.21 64.21
Pams Kettle Fried Chips ready salted Pams 79.09 79.09 69.09 69.09 69.09
Eta Kettles ready salted Griffin's 79.09 79.09 69.09 69.09 69.09
Pams Classic chicken Pams 79.24 79.24 69.15 69.15 69.15
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Ripple Cut chicken Griffin's 79.48 79.48 68.95 68.95 68.95
Heartland Potato Chips chicken Heartland 79.58 79.58 66.12 66.12 66.12
Eta Kettles BBQ Griffin's 79.75 79.75 65.90 65.90 65.90
Pams Classic salt & vinegar Pams 79.84 79.84 69.84 69.84 69.84
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Ripple Cut sour cream & chives Griffin's 80.00 80.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
Heartland Potato Chips shouthern salt Heartland 80.05 80.05 70.05 70.05 70.05
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Thick Cut sour cream & onion Griffin's 80.07 80.07 68.09 68.09 68.09
Eta Kettles Krinkle Cut black pepper & salt Griffin's 80.16 80.16 65.85 65.85 65.85
Bluebird Thick Cut crispy bacon Bluebird 80.51 80.51 68.06 68.06 68.06
Eta UpperCuts Delicut sea salt & balsamic vinegar Griffin's 81.04 81.04 70.47 70.47 70.47
Pams Classic sour cream & chives Pams 81.21 81.21 69.21 69.21 69.21
Signature Range Crinkle Cut sour cream & chives SR Brands 81.21 81.21 69.21 69.21 69.21
Signature Range Crinkle Cut chicken SR Brands 81.39 81.39 69.34 69.34 69.34
Pams Classic cheese & onion Pams 81.53 81.53 69.99 69.99 69.99
Eta UpperCuts Delicut chargrilled chicken & herb Griffin's 81.59 81.59 70.12 70.12 70.12
Bluebird Thin Cut stuffed baked potato Bluebird 81.70 81.70 68.88 68.88 68.88
Bluebird Original ready salted Bluebird 82.09 82.09 72.09 72.09 72.09
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Thin Cut ready salted Griffin's 82.17 82.17 72.17 72.17 72.17
Pams Classic ready salted Pams 82.38 82.38 72.38 72.38 72.38
Signature Range Crinkle Cut ready salted SR Brands 82.38 82.38 72.38 72.38 72.38
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Ripple Cut ready salted Griffin's 82.38 82.38 72.38 72.38 72.38
Solay Potato Crisps sea salt Solay 82.38 82.38 72.38 72.38 72.38
Pams Classic green onion Pams 82.65 82.65 69.08 69.08 69.08
Signature Range Crinkle Cut green onion SR Brands 82.65 82.65 69.08 69.08 69.08
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Ripple Cut spring onion Griffin's 82.65 82.65 69.08 69.08 69.08
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Thin Cut chicken Griffin's 82.68 82.68 68.76 68.76 68.76
Freedom Foods potato chips no added salt Freedom Foods 83.23 83.23 73.23 73.23 73.23
Eta UpperCuts Delicut sweet chilli relish Griffin's 83.73 83.73 70.61 70.61 70.61
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Ripple Cut the works Griffin's 83.80 83.80 69.89 69.89 69.89
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Thick Cut ready salted Griffin's 83.96 83.96 70.88 70.88 70.88
Eta Kettles Krinkle Cut rack of ribs Griffin's 84.27 84.27 69.37 69.37 69.37
Solay Potato Crisps sour cream & chives Solay 84.41 84.41 71.46 71.46 71.46
Eta UpperCuts Delicut sea salt Griffin's 84.49 84.49 74.49 74.49 74.49
Pams Classic BBQ Pams 85.26 85.26 71.02 71.02 71.02
Eta Kettles roast lamb & mint Griffin's 85.47 85.47 71.03 71.03 71.03
Eta Kettles spare ribs Griffin's 87.12 87.12 72.22 72.22 72.22
Countdown Crinkle Cut Jumbo Bag ready salted SR Brands 90.99 90.99 80.99 80.99 80.99
Heartland Potato Chips green onion Heartland 92.46 92.46 76.92 76.92 76.92
Bluebird Original salt & vinegar Bluebird 92.61 92.61 77.14 77.14 77.14
Copper Kettle Chips sea salt & vinegar Copper Kettle Chips 92.73 92.73 76.56 76.56 76.56
Bluebird Local Harvest chicken Bluebird 94.29 94.29 79.04 79.04 79.04
Bluebird Thick Cut sour cream & chives Bluebird 96.03 96.03 80.44 80.44 80.44
Bluebird Local Harvest salt & vinegar Bluebird 98.26 98.26 82.75 82.75 82.75
Bluebird Thin Cut chicken Bluebird 98.35 98.35 83.12 83.12 83.12
Heartland Potato Chips salt & vinegar Heartland 98.60 98.60 82.38 82.38 82.38
Bluebird Original chicken Bluebird 98.77 98.77 83.45 83.45 83.45
Bluebird Original green onion Bluebird 100.15 100.15 84.74 84.74 84.74
Eta Kettles Krinkle Cut extreme salt & vinegar Griffin's 105.29 105.29 87.99 87.99 87.99
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Thin Cut salt & vinegar Griffin's 105.88 105.88 89.29 89.29 89.29
Pams Kettle Fried Chips salt & vinegar Pams 107.57 107.57 90.39 90.39 90.39
Eta Kettles salt & vinegar Griffin's 107.57 107.57 90.39 90.39 90.39
Solay Potato Crisps salt & vinegar Solay 109.54 109.54 93.02 93.02 93.02
Signature Range Crinkle Cut salt & vinegar SR Brands 110.47 110.47 93.29 93.29 93.29
Eta UpperCuts Spuds Ripple Cut salt & vinegar Griffin's 115.85 115.85 97.96 97.96 97.96
(Source: Perezgonzalez, 2012b2)

Author

Jose D PEREZGONZALEZ (2012). Massey University, Turitea Campus, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. (JDPerezgonzalezJDPerezgonzalez).

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