I know chip companies have to put SOME air in those bags. Otherwise, all the chips would get pulverized during shipping. But a bag that’s HALF air does seem a bit excessive, doesn’t it?
A new study looked at 14 different types of chips and other snacks like Cheetos, to find out which brand has the best chip-to-air ratio.
Overall, they found the average bag of chips is 43% air. And FRITOS have the BEST ratio . . . only 19% of the bag is air. Here are the 14 brands they looked at, and how much air you get with each one . . .
Fritos, 19% air . . . Pringles, 28% air . . . Tostitos, 34% . . . Baked Lays, 39% . . . Sun Chips, 41% . . . regular Lays, 41% . . . Popchips, 45% . . .
Cape Cod, 46% air . . . Kettle Brand chips, 47% . . . Doritos, 48% . . . Terra chips, 49% . . . Stacy’s Pita Chips, 50% air . . . Ruffles, also 50% . . . and in last place, CHEETOS with 59% air.
The good news is we might be getting more chips than we used to. A 2015 study found the average bag was 70% air, which is 27% more than the new study found.
(Fun fact: That’s not normal, breathable air in those bags. Regular air would make them go stale. So they fill the bags with nitrogen.)