1/21/14

Trade Up Tuesday: Chips


Last week for Trade Up Tuesday we discussed how to Trade Up your favorite Game Day snacks. Continuing with the same thread, today we discuss how to include chips on Game Day.

Background: Remember, NuVal is a nutrition scoring system that ranks foods 1-100; the higher the score the better the nutrition. It's not necessary, or possible, to get a 100 in every department but it is always possible to Trade Up from a lower scoring food to a higher scoring food.

Example: Chips. You can still have your favorite chips for the Big Game but find ways to trade up. Above you see that you can trade up from blue corn tortilla chips, with a NuVal score of 23, to black bean chips, with a NuVal score of 48.

Simply Tostitos Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Serving size: 1 oz (about 6 chips)
Calories: 140
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 80mg
Total Carbohydrate: 19g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 2%
Iron: 2%

Ingredients: Organic blue corn, expeller pressed sunflower oil and sea salt.

Way Better Snacks: Black Bean Tortilla Chips
Servings size: 1.25 oz
Calories: 160
Total Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 100mg
Total Carbohydrate: 19g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 3g
Vitamin A: 3%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 5%
Iron: 5%

*If you're stumped on why the black bean chips get a better score, note that the chips use 2 different serving sizes. NuVal takes this into consideration and scores all food on 100g so that you can compare equal portion sizes. So gram for gram, the black bean chips have better nutrition.

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