Nibbling in the Nineties

Is There Really Such a Thing as a Sinless Snack?

When nutritionist Jane Hurley walked down the potato chip aisle of a supermarket just five years ago, she left with a conclusion that would make a couch potato cringe with guilt: Pretzels. That’s it. If thigh-hugging fat or blood-pressure-singing sodium was an issue, the only thing you could safely eat was unsalted pretzels.

Boy how things change. “I wouldn’t have thought it possible,” says Hurley, associate nutritionist with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington, DC. When it came time for her to prepare a CSPI report on the best salty nibbles of 1993, she had to evaluate “hundreds and hundreds” of available snacks.