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What Is In The Bag of Potato Chips?

Updated on December 12, 2014

Which potato could have been used to fill the bag of potato chips?

Which sized potato represents the potato in the bag of potato chips (allowing, of course, for the fact that the chips in the bag have been cooked, driving off the moisture in the original potato ingredients)?
Which sized potato represents the potato in the bag of potato chips (allowing, of course, for the fact that the chips in the bag have been cooked, driving off the moisture in the original potato ingredients)? | Source

The Stats:

Bag Contents: 15 Ounces of potatoes, Vegetable Oi, and Salt

Calories: 10-11 calories per average chip

Each Chip provides almost 1% of your Daily Value of total fat, and of that half is saturated fat.

Serving Size is considered to be 15 average sized chips providing 160 calories, and the following: 2 grams of protein, 7% of the Daily Value (DV) for sodium, 5% DV carbohydrates, and dietary fiber, 6% DV for Vitamin E and Niacin, 4% DV for magnesium, 10% DV for Viamin C, Vitamin B6, and potassium, 2% DV for Iron and Zinc, and 4% DV of Thiamin. 15 chips provide less than 1 gram of sugars.

A 15 ounce bag theoretically can serve about 15 people, but you better have something else for them to eat, or it very likely won't go that far!

Chips broken, but not lost....

If curiosity killed the cat, perhaps my cat Mau-Mau (named after terrorists who once ran rampant in Kenya) might be rubbing off on me, because without thinking everything through I decided to crush a "party sized" bag of potato chips. I thought I would get a visual of how much potato was in such a bag.

It didn't register that I would probably get about the same total of ounces as was showing as "net weight" on the bag, without crushing the chips, so I did a rather hastyjump to action, and for several other reasons as well.

The bag was sturdy enough that I would have crushed the chips faster by repeatedly squeezing the bag with my hands, or giving it karate chops instead of some combination and using a rolling pin.

You see what I learned included that there were somewhat more ounces than the listed net weight of chips in this particular bag, and with no way to measure the separate vegetable oil and sodium salt, I was limited to slightly reworking the nutritional facts to make them more directly understandable in terms of an eventual consumption of the remains.

Incidentally, when you use crushed potato chips to top that next casserole, remember to reduce the original amount of salt the recipe called for. Chips are delightfully salty. Heart disease patients, and would-be heart disease patients, beware. You probably don't need the added sodium salt, or the saturated fat.

The nice part? This package says that there are 0 mg. of cholesterol to further plug any veins, and, after all, what's a burger or hot dog without a few potato chips?


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    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Salt is not bad, excess salt is. The typical American gets adequate amounts of salt without traditional salty foods such as the potato chips. pickles, ketchup, etc.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I haven't eaten chips in a long time. If I need something salty, I do something like organic and wheat free crackers.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for sharing this fun idiocy on potato chips. The chances are good that sometime this weekend a potato chip, or two, will be part of your weekend action as college and professional football, golf, picnics, BBQ, and other distractions shift our attentions from the sad state of world affairs in the Ukraine, West Africa, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and those countries which are already bearing the world's burden of refugee families which have fled disease, war, terror, and turmoil. Perhaps a halftime prayer, and a potato chip, can make a difference.


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