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Preparation, uses, and tips

Serve corn chips with low-fat bean dip; top salads with carrot chips for a healthier crunch than croutons.

Buying and storing tips

Buy chips in smaller bags for maximum freshness. Store them, unopened, in a cool, dark cupboard for up to six months. Store opened chips in a sealed plastic bag for up to one week. Choose lower-fat, lower-sodium varieties, and avoid those that contain saturated fat or hydrogenated oils.


Chips are most commonly made from potatoes or corn, but may also be made from other fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, blue potatoes, carrots, and apples, as well as more unusual vegetables, such as taro root. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Low-fat and fat-free versions, low-sodium varieties, and chips cooked in olive oil and unhydrogenated oil are also available.

Nutrition Highlights

Potato chips (plain), 1 oz. (about 28g)
Calories: 158
Protein: 1.7g
Carbohydrate: 14.5g
Total Fat: 11g
Fiber: 1.02g

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