Are 'popped' crisps a healthier option?
My local supermarket has begun stocking ‘air-popped crisps’. Are these really better for me than normal crisps?
BHF dietitian Victoria Taylor says:
Savoury snacks like these or baked crisps are lower in fat than standard crisps per 100g and are lower in calories, too. But you still need to keep an eye on nutrition labels and portion sizes.
A 'healthier version' of a standard product doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you like. Just because the fat has been reduced, it doesn’t mean it is low in fat, salt or sugar, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the portion size.
While ‘healthier’ crisps might be better in comparison with the original product, it doesn’t mean they are the best choice in terms of nutrition and health. Rather than searching for a healthy crisp, enjoy the ones you like in small amounts less often and look for other snacks that will add variety and nutrients to your diet, as well as being low in saturated fat and salt.
Try plain popcorn, crunchy carrot sticks or unsalted nuts and seeds.
Meet the expert
Victoria Taylor is a registered dietitian with more than ten years’ experience. Her work for the NHS focused on weight management and community programmes for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. At the BHF she advises on diet and nutrition.