Are Pringles better for you than regular potato chips? They feel a lot less greasier.
-- Brandon Freimner
When it comes to items like potato chips, it's rather misleading to think of one particular type of brand as "better for you". "A slightly healthier alternative" is a more accurate way of thinking.
Some foods don't offer much in terms of nutrition, and should be accepted as such. For instance, when I enjoy a bowl of ice cream, I choose the brand that provides the best flavor. I would much rather have just one scoop of decadent ice cream once in a while than an entire pint of fat-free, sugar-free fudge pops chock full of Splenda.
So, if you find yourself in the supermarket aisles looking for the "healthiest potato chip," I think you are doing yourself a diservice.
Anyhow, onto your question -- which I actually really liked, since Pringles are usually considered "less fattening" because, as the commercials used to proudly point out, they leave less greasy residue on your hands than a bunch of Ruffles or Lay's.
I will let the facts speak for themselves.
Here is how one serving of Pringles (14 crisps) compares to a serving of Ruffle's (12 chips):
Calories: 160 calories (both)
Fat: 10 grams (Ruffles) vs. 11 grams (Pringles)
Saturated Fat: 1 gram (Ruffles) vs. 3 grams (Pringles)
Sodium: 160 milligrams (Ruffles) vs. 170 milligrams (Pringles)
Potassium: 340 milligrams (Ruffles) vs. 0 milligrams (Pringles)
In essence, Pringles are potato chips in a tube, by no means a "healthy alternative". And, at least with conventional potato chips (Pringles are dehydrated potato flakes), you get some potassium, which many people do not get enough of.