Q: Settle a debate between my husband and me. He says there is no difference between putting Lays Potato Chips or snack crackers in our daughter’s lunch (she typically eats the large-sized Wheat Thins). Is there a difference?
— J.A., Columbus, Ohio
A: The answer to your question can be found on the back (or side) of the package in the nutritional information.
One serving of the crackers has 140 calories, 2 grams of protein, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of fat and 240 milligrams of sodium. The chips have 150 calories, 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 10 grams of fat and 180 milligrams of sodium.
As you can see, their nutritional profiles are fairly close, per serving. The choice is yours, but I would give the advantage to the crackers, because of its lower fat content and extra fiber, which is something kids often don’t have enough of in their diets.
In moderation, either can be part of a healthy diet.
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