What's really in your potato chips?

Well I do know that chips aren't exactly considered a health food, but there's no way I'm going through life never eating one again.


So, now and again they're ok. It's not what you eat some of the time, it's what you eat most of the time that counts. And it's probably best not to snarfle a large bag all to yourself. So if you are going to eat them, again it comes down to looking at the ingredients. Most of the nasty ingredients appear when there is any type of flavouring.


Here's what's in a bag of salt and vinegar chips.


Potatoes (off to a good start), vegetable oil antioxidant 319, food acid 260, 262, 296, maltodextrin, flavour enhancers 621, 627, 631, milk solids, anticaking gent 504 & 551, sugar, vegetable fat.


That's 9 numbers. Woe.




  • Proper Crisps are my all time favourite. All of their range is free of any artificial flavours and preservatives with not a number in sight - you actually can read the label and know what you are eating. Like most chips they are cooked in sunflower oil, but at least it's not Palm Oil and your not getting all the other junk along with it.  My absolute favourite is Rosemary and Thyme, which contains Potatoes, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Rosemary and Thyme. That's it. I really have to talk myself through not eating the whole bag and to be kind and actually share with others. So annoying. Yes, they are more expensive than your Bluebird etc, but just think of it like for an extra couple of dollars you are buying less freaky lab ingredients, so it's worth it.

  • Next would be Heartland Potato Chips Co. Southern Salt (only). These contain potatoes, canola oil, sunflower oil, sea salt.

  • Copper Kettle Sea Salt is another one with ok ingredients.

  • Macro Organic vegetable chips is another good alternative, but my kids don't like them. Meh.

There are a few other brands out there, but again, it takes reading your labels. Share if you know of some other brands that aren't too freaky.


Ok, need to stop thinking about chips now.