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Healthy, tasty chips for Super Bowl party

February 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Chips, dips and all sorts of high-fat, high-calorie snacks get big play during Super Bowl parties.

But game-day snacks can be notoriously unhealthy. Are multigrain tortilla chips a better option?

Consumer Reports just checked out eight. With names like Garden of Eatin' sea salt with flax seeds and Snyder's EatSmart Naturals, they certainly sound healthier.

"Although the term multigrain sounds really healthy, it really only means that there's more than one kind of grain," said Erin Gudeux of Consumer Reports. "Whether or not the grain is whole is what really counts."

As it turns out, the Garden of Eatin' Blues had the most types of whole grains. The other chips listed fewer or none at all.

As for taste, Tostitos Multigrain tortilla chips rated excellent.

"Testers found that they had lots of sweet corn flavor and said they were even tasty enough to eat without dip," Gudeux said.

As far as nutrition goes, they're about the same as the Tostitos 100 Percent White Corn Restaurant Style chips, but they cost about 30 percent more.

For about half as much, Archer Farms Authentic-style tortilla chips from Target rated very good.

"The Archer Farms chips were crispy and had lots of complex corn and sesame flavors," Gudeux said.

Healthy chips fanatics can score some points with healthier dips like hummus and fat-free salsa.

Consumer Reports says other ways to cut calories are by substituting low-fat cream cheese and sour cream in recipes and also by try lower-fat ground turkey instead of greasy or fatty ground beef in chili dip.