By Mary Myers | Published: September 17, 2015 | Last Updated: October 1, 2015 Do Nutritious Healthy Chips Exist? Susan Bowerman: Chips made with fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains may sound healthy, but are they really any better for you than potato chips? I’m Susan Bowerman, Registered Dietitian and chips are not really considered a health food, but manufacturers might want you to think that if they make their chips with fruits or vegetables or beans or whole grains or if they start with a low fat food like pita bread that they’re making a healthier chip but a closer look at the nutrition facts might tell you otherwise. Let’s take a look at some of these potato chip alternatives and see how they stack up. A serving of these exotic vegetable chips is 14 chips and if you were to look at the package it would tell you that it’s made with real spinach or tomatoes or potatoes or that it has a full serving of vegetables, but that serving of vegetables is a starchy vegetable, it’s mostly potato. For this serving it’s 150 calories and there’s nine grams of fat. Let’s take a look at these pita chips. The label says that they’re made from freshly baked pita bread, but a serving is only nine chips and that’s going to cost you 140 calories and that serving has five grams of fat. These chips are made with black beans and the label will tell you that they’re a source of complete protein and that they’re high in fiber. A serving of black bean chips is 12 chips and it will cost you 140 calories and it has seven grams of fat. Apple chips sound healthy, because the label tells you that it’s made with real fruit. A serving of apple chips is 12 chips, it has 140 calories and seven grams of fat. I do want to point out on apple chips that if you were to look at the label and look at the sugar content, it would be higher than the other chips and that’s because of the natural sugar that the apples contain. If you were to pick up a package of tortilla chips, the label might tell you that it’s stone ground or whole grain. A serving of tortilla chips is 10 chips, it has 140 calories and it has six grams of fat. Before we move on to the potato chips, just a reminder, all the other chip alternatives we’ve looked at were 140 to 150 calories per serving. Now looking at these 40 percent reduced fat potato chips, a serving consists of 19 chips and the calories are 140 and they have six grams of fat.