Thursday, July 26, 2012

Potato Chip Comparison

Or Playing with My Food Again 

A few months ago, we took a family outing that included a tour of a potato chip factory. We learned a lot of interesting things, but what fascinated me the most was that they match the potato size to the bag size they will go into. Meaning, that big potatoes are sorted, sliced and cooked to go into big bags and the small potatoes are sorted, sliced and cooked to go into small bags. Recently, I thought about it again and decided I wanted to check out this claim. Or maybe I just wanted a good excuse to buy chips, but nevertheless, I did a completely unscientific observation to see if the factory claim was true.

I had a very small sample size of one large bag and one small bag of potato chips. Realizing even big potatoes can have small slices on their ends, I decided to pick out the five largest and five smallest chips in each bag. What did I find? The big bag had bigger chips and the smaller bag had smaller chips. By golly, the tour info was right.

Now onto the next question. Can I keep from eating all of the chips tonight? We'll see. There's nothing like a fresh potato chip. You can't eat just one.

But wait there's more!
What you see on the big bag plate is 1/2 of a serving size. The 1/2 serving size has 70 calories, 3.3 grams of fat, and 60 mg of sodium. But the important part is that it has 5% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C. Now that's good news. Eat up.