Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They May Not Be More Healthful, but They Sure Are Good; Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips Are a Hit with Our Tasters

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They May Not Be More Healthful, but They Sure Are Good; Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips Are a Hit with Our Tasters

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

Football season is in full swing - time to hit the snack aisle! It's true, watching your favorite team just seems to demand some kind of snack, so we had the Times-Union Consumer Panel check out Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips.

Are they more healthful than other tortilla chips? Not really. You might think they would be, with all the hype about multigrain products, but when we checked the nutritional information, we couldn't find any category where the multigrain chips proved to be more healthful than the others.

One serving, about eight chips, contains 150 calories, 8 grams fat, 135 milligrams sodium, 1 gram sugars and no cholesterol or trans fat.

Retiree Vicki Leary said the multigrain tortilla chips are every bit as good as the regular kind as well as the blue tortilla chips that she often buys. She describes them as crisp and not too salty with an almost nutty texture. "They taste slightly different from regular tortilla chips," she said, "but in a positive way. They have an excellent flavor, I could taste the corn."

Leary, who ate the chips plain and also served them as an appetizer with black bean salsa, says they received thumbs up all around. "They're slightly higher in calories than light Tostitos (18 calories vs. 15 calories per chip)," she said, "but the flavor and multigrains are worth the extra calories."

Substitute teacher Michael Deck was very pleased with the multigrain tortilla chips, which he enjoyed with both picante and homemade queso sauce. "They're crisp and crunchy and have more flavor than regular tortilla chips," he said. "Some may think they're a little salty, but they're supposed to be."

Financial planner Lowell Jackson says it's a toss-up as to which type of tortilla chip, plain or multigrain, he prefers. "It's six of one and half a dozen of the other," he said.

Jackson describes the multigrain chips as sweeter than the regular kind. …

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