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Worst Food in the World: Guinness Potato Chips

Ireland is famous for two things: potatoes and Guinness.

If each is enjoyed separately in their purest form, neither of them is too detrimental to your diet. When you put them together, as British chip-maker Burt's did, however, it's a different story.

The Guinness Potato Chips, which come in two flavors, Original Guinness and Rich Beef Chili, were originally released abroad in 2012 as a limited-edition pub snack. Unfortunately, the beer-inspired chips have found their way across the pond to America. Just what we need, another calorie- and fat-laden junk food!

The itty-bitty snack bags carry about a fistfull of crisps, 205 calories and a whopping 11 grams of fat. If you opt for the larger bag of chips—which, at just five ounces, most adults would easily polish off in a single sitting without any help—you're looking at 771 calories, 43 grams of fat and half a day's worth of saturated fat. That's more calories than you'd find in two McDonald's McDouble burgers!

Our advice? Enjoy your snack and booze vices separately. Grab an 11-ounce Guinness Draught for 125 calories and a serving of a better-for-you chip like Lay's Oven Baked Potato Crisps (120 calories). This ETNT-approved weekend cheat day swap will give you a similar taste for a fraction of the calories and fat—good news if you've been working hard to shed weight before summer.


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Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more