Potato chips

April 14, 2011 |

Ruffles, Pringles and Terra chips: Risk and Nutrition

Chips belong to a snack food category which is often considered as a junk food because of generally low nutritional value.

Potato chips

Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream Health Risk Score, DDRS ~ 94

Health risks of this Frito-Lay, Inc. product come from 5 foreign additives (red segments, 36), 8 benign (yellow segments, 26) and 13 nutritional additives (green segments, 32). Because of four food dyes and one artificial flavor this product’s Foreign Additive Impact, DDFI is 36/32 ~ 1.1 which is pretty high for a potato snack.

Ruffles Cheddar Risk Score Diagram

Accordingly, it’s nutrition value is therefore very low, DDNF = 32/63 ~ 0.5.

Ruffles Original Health Risk Score, DDRS ~ 29

Original Ruffles is another good illustration of the fact that a safer product, often of the same brand, is waiting for you on the same shelf. No food dyes, no artificial flavors. And low fat! Look at a friendlier image of the green-yellow risk score diagram:

Ruffles Original Risk Score Diagram

A significantly lower risk comes from 3 benign (yellow, 11), 6 nutritional ingredients (green, 18) and no foreign additives. It’s DDFI = 0 and nutrition factor is higher, DDNF ~ 1.6.

Pringles Original Health Risk Score, DDRS ~ 23

Well, this Procter & Gamble’s snack is a good source of… fat including some of the saturated one. However do not be afraid the word “fat” too much. No matter how scary it may sound fats still are nutrients. Our body needs them to rebuild millions of cells we lose per second. We make fats “bad” to us by overeating of fat foods. Eating in moderation will prevent you from taking “fat” risks.

Pringles Risk Score Diagram

With a table salt as the only benign additive (yellow segment, 5), 7 nutritional ingredients (green, 18), DDFI = 0 and high nutrition factor DDNF = 18/5 ~ 3.6 Pringles potato crisps could win a nutrition championship if not outperformed by Terra Sweets and Beets.

Terra Sweets & Beets Health Risk Score, DDRS ~ 10

Terra Sweets & Beets of Terra Chips comes with sweet potatoes, beets and vegetable oil, not even salt and sugar are added! Consider this: they put 22 more ingredients to make risky Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles.

Terra Risk Score DiagramPlease do not be misled by the larger size of the segments. Their sizes have nothing to do with the amount of ingredients in the product. Remember, those are the DyeDiet Risk Factors.  So Terra Sweets & Beets is the safest product of the four if consumed in moderation. Just watch your sodium intake!

Potato chips comparison chart

Nutrients, g per 1 OZ (28 g) Raffles Cheddar & Sour Cream Raffles Original Pringles Original TERRA Sweets & Beets
Calories 120 120 150 160
Total fat 3.5 3 9 10
Saturated fat 0.5 0 2.5 1 g
Total carbs 21 21 15 16
Sugars 2 2 1 8
Walmart price per container $3.58 a $3.58 a $1.50 b $2.58 c
DyeDiet Risk Score  (DDRS) 94 29 23 10
DyeDiet Foreign Impact  (DDFI) 1.1 0 0 0
DyeDiet Nutrition Factor  (DDNF) 0.5 1.6 3.6 10
Recommendation No Yes Yes Yes

a) 9 OZ, 255.1 g; b) 6.41 OZ, 182 g; c) 6 OZ, 170 g container.

Potato Chips LabelIn conclusion, you may have noticed that there is a general trend:

  • The shorter is a list of ingredients, the safer and more nutritional is the product.

So keep this in mind, make your informed choice and enjoy less risky food!

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Category: Chips

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  1. Clifton says:

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  2. benamore says:

    For some strange reason, the Ruffles Cheddar Sour Cream chips (fried version) have no artificial color or flavor, but the baked ones have artificial color & flavor.

  3. benamore says:

    DDRF ratings:

    Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream: 94
    DDFI: 36/32 = 1.1 (bad)
    DDNF: 32/63 = 0.5 (bad)

    Ruffles Original: 29
    DDFI: 0/18 = 0 (excellent)
    DDNF: 18/11 = 1.6 (excellent)

    Pringles Original: 23
    DDFI: 0/18 = 0 (excellent)
    DDNF: 18/5 = 3.6 (very good)

    TERRA Sweets & Beets: 10
    DDFI: 0/10 = 0 (excellent)
    DDNF: 10/0 = ∞ (outstanding)

  4. DyeDiet DyeDiet says:

    Yes, good job! At the time instead of putting “infinite” nutrition value (or factor, DDNF) I decided to put 10, as big enough number as “approximation.” Now you know a part of the history.

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