Mexican restaurants often offer chips and salsa at the start of your meal. And just as often, diners are full before ordering starters. Today a woman on TikTok discovered why we’re always full of chips.
Newsflash: Chips can be a lot bigger than you think.
TikTok user Sarah Joy Yates (@sarahjoyyates) recently posted her findings via a viral video. In the clip, the content creator was seated at a restaurant table with a traditional basket of tortilla chips. Then she took the ends of two tortilla chips and put them together like a puzzle, creating a whole tortilla.
“We all literally eat whole tortillas,” she wrote overlaying text.
She jokingly expressed her confusion in the caption: “My favorite food, but how many tortillas before the main meal are too many?”
The Daily Dot reached out to Yates via an Instagram direct message and TikTok comment. The video garnered 2.3 million views, leaving viewers unfazed by Yates’ achievement.
“Well, this is what TORTILLA chips are made from,” one viewer wrote.
“and what about?? I will always ask for 4 more baskets and then try to steal one more,” remarked a second.
“You’re not going to believe this,” said a third.
However, some came to his defense.
@sarahjoyyates My favorite meal, but how many tortillas before the main meal are too many? 🤣 #mexicanfood #tortillas #oops #fyp ♬ Fiesta Mexicana – Musica Mexicana
“I understand what you mean. We don’t pay attention to the total number of tortillas we eat lol,” one user commented.
“Okay yeah but I thought 6 or 7 chips equaled one tortilla not 2,” said a second.
Snacking can be dangerous. As Women’s Day writes: “Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to walk away from the snack table?” Your craving for salt is probably stronger than your desire to walk away from the bowl of chips, resulting in consuming a lot of calories. Although salsa is low in calories, it doesn’t have the appetite-satisfying power offered by the heart-healthy fats in guacamole and the protein in bean dip. Try those with low-sodium multigrain chips to get more fiber than corn chips alone to fill you up and reduce your salt craving.
So the next time you’re enjoying Tex-Mex, remember that your average flour tortilla contains about 18 carbs, and if you fill the basket with chips and salsa, it might ruin your appetite.
*First published: December 26, 2023, 7:00 p.m. CST
Melody Heald is a cultural writer. Her work can be found in Glitter Magazine, BUST Magazine and more.
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