It's really hard to maintain a healthy diet if you deny yourself the so-called 'fun' foods forever. I don't want to use the word 'junk food' because to me that implies 'unhealthy'. So I'm going to call a 'fun' food a food which is extremely delicious. For me this would include: pretzels, soda, potato chips, popcorn, cake, pizza, chocolate and candy bars. We can have a separate thread on pizza, chocolate, cake, and pretzels. So for now I want to focus on soda and potato chips. I've found the soda Zevia https://www.target.com/p/zevia-diet...cfHo7fEWVGKXRvZrkJBoCL5QQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Which to me is about 90% as yummy by itself as Sprite but when tasted mixed with other food is 100% as yummy. It appears to be healthy since Michael Greger gives the green flag for stevia sweetener. It's other ingredients are: CARBONATED WATER, STEVIA LEAF EXTRACT, TARTARIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS, CAFFEINE, CITRIC ACID Citric Acid appears ok though I'm not that certain since I only looked at one website which isn't very rigorous and I do not have any idea how reliable this website is. (I only have so much time that I can devote towards researching facts) https://www.livestrong.com/article/474973-is-citric-acid-bad-for-you/ Since I have limited time I'm going to skip over the other ingredients for now. This brings us to potato chips. First, just about every bag of potato chips I've seen has a high number of sodium. I've seen this range from 7.8 to 2.8 grams of sodium per gram of food. I'm having a little trouble finding the product online but this brand: https://express.google.com/u/0/prod...Pbiis-qo6ueARiQ58gBIgNVU0Q&utm_campaign=10046 I've seen a product which has 80 grams of sodium per 28 grams of food which comes to 642 grams of sodium per 100 g and 500 g of calories per 100 g. Those are rather terrible numbers. Most fruits and vegetables have about 50 calories and less than 100 g of sodium per 100 g of food. Now as far as the ingredients potato chips really aren't highly processed. Basically potatoes and oil, that's it. I realize there is some controversy regarding oil. I try not to eat it because it has the highest caloric density of any food I know of, being pure fat and fat has 9 calories per gram whereas protein and carbs have 4. So I think it's impossible for any food to have a higher caloric density than oil, coming in at 884 calories per 100 grams. Vegan Mic has a video coming out against oil but I don't know if I trust that guy since he tends to move quickly through the evidence. Again, I don't have the time to sit down and devote hours and hours to researching the reliability of nutritional studies. In any case, if you're going to eat oil, I figure that it might as well be oil with a low omega 6/omega 3 ratio. This paper, for example, touts the benefits of that ratio: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909 Flaxseed oil, more precisely, Oil, flaxseed, contains added sliced flaxseed seems to have the best ratio coming in at .32 to 1, according to https://cronometer.com/#foods (Most Americans have a ratio of 20 to 1). Vegetable oil which is the oil that the above potato chips use has a ratio of 4.41 to 1. The only other oil I've seen for potato chips is coconut oil which has a ratio of 80 to 1 so that is definitely out. So if there is no such thing as a healthy potato chip, then we might as well try Kale chips. I'm very skeptical that these things taste good but I have to try. I've found this https://rhythmsuperfoods.com/honey-mustard/ It has 642 g of sodium and 535 calories per 100 g of food. Not very good numbers but what can you do? The ingredients are kale, sunflower seeds, tahini (ground sesame seeds), cane sugar, onion, apple cider vinegar, carrot, honey, mustard powder, garlic, *sea salt, lemon juice, turmeric, black pepper. *represents a natural non-organic ingredient Of those, only cane sugar raises a red flag for me at least. Let me know if you have any recommendations for healthy chips.