Is anyone else addicted to veggie straws/chips?

by 191 · August 27, 2013 at 06:24 PM

Has anyone ever tried these? http://sensibleportions.elsstore.com/view/category/12571-veggie-straws---chips/

I buy them at Costco (in the bulk bag of course..ugh). They satisfy my salty, crunchy snack cravings. Does anyone have ideas on how they compare to normal potato chips? This is not the worst thing I could be eating as a crunchy snack, right? OBVIOUSLY not paleo, I realize. I guess I'm just looking to see if anyone else is hooked on them.

Ingredients: Potato flour (potato flakes and potato starch), canola and/or sunflower and/or safflower seed oil, corn starch, tomato puree, spinach powder, sugar, beet powder (color), salt, turmeric

Link to nutrition label: http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/sensible-portions/garden-veggie-straws---lightly-salted

In relation to this - is there a company that MAKES potato chips that are cooked in, say, coconut oil (or some other acceptable paleo oil)? Really would rather not make my own chips..have tried in the past and it wasn't the most successful venture..


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10149 · July 06, 2012 at 03:14 AM

nowhere on their website do they list the ingredients or post the nutrition label and they believe grains and soy are healthy....not this kid; i'd rather crunch on some celery or baked kale.

10439 · July 06, 2012 at 03:26 AM

I did eat those, several years ago. They are kinda tasty, but nutritionally, they are worse than regular potato chips. At least regular potato chips are slices of potato, deep fried. Those things are potatoes which are then dehydrated, ground up, with extra potato starch that's been extracted from other potatoes added in, with a little bit of veggie puree to make them pretty colors, and that mess is then reformed into chip shapes. They're very highly processed.

They're not Paleo, but I think Kettle brand chips are a better option. They are all non-GMO, gluten-free, and are cooked in safflower and/or sunflower oil (no, not a good oil, but better than soybean or canola). They have organic available in some flavors.

I have never heard of commercial potato chips that are cooked in coconut oil, but since it is solid at room temperature, I'm not sure how well the finished product would do in shipping and storage. I'd imagine chips cooked in ghee, lard, or other Paleo oils might have similar issues that would make it difficult for the big companies to do commercially.

635 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I love it when all these food companies try to fool consumers into thinking the food they're selling is healthy when it's far from it. In my opinion they're part of the problem when it comes to the obesity epidemic.

What you were describing is how people end up buying pop-tarts because it's got "vitamins", or they buy Frosties because they have 2gs of fibers per serving.

I'll be honest though I was looking for a Paleo snack the other day, and I saw those veggie sticks. My first thought was "oh sweet a snack", and then I flipped the bag over and saw that the first ingredient was potato starch. Then right next to it were sweet potato chips. The only thing about that bag that was Paleo was the name. It had a list of 15 other ingredients.

4240 · July 06, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Those things are an abominatiion. Potato chips posing as vegetables, so the uninformed can buy them and think they are eating healthy. If you really consider a potato chip healthy than go with the Kettle brand at Costco or a brand called Danielle at TJ Maxx. I for one would prefer a baked yam with some evoo and salt.

1239 · July 06, 2012 at 05:17 AM

Since your don't want to try making your own, I would recommend Inka brand chips if you absolutely need a snack food. They have cassava, sweet potato, plantain, or a mix fried in palm oil. The mix is my favorite and they're available at my Whole Foods, so I'd check there. They are strictly a treat, though (generally reserved for camping or long road trips) because I could easily put away a whole bag in a sitting!

640 · July 06, 2012 at 08:42 PM

I think it's funny that they can't even tell you exactly what oil is in their own product...

652 · July 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM

They're certainly not the absolute worst crunchy snack you could eat (a sugared, wheat flour churro fried in the same oils might take the cake there), but in all honesty those chips are probably pretty damn close. Those oils are absolutely awful!

Make your own chicharrones (pork rinds) fried in coconut oil IMO.

0 · August 27, 2013 at 06:24 PM

I thought if you couldnt pronounce the ingredients then its not Paleo??? The link above for chips in lard looks terrible for you.

3854 · June 29, 2013 at 02:12 AM

There are potato chips fried in lard available - But I would seriously look at the other ingredients, instead of just the frying medium. Here's a link.


0 · June 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM

I absolutely love these things. I'm eating an enormous bag of them right now. In less than 3 minutes, I will have consumed 6.75 ounces of Veggie Stix in under half an hour. I feel great and the nutrition info on the back makes me happy. :)

6045 · July 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Here are potato chips fried in avocado oil:

Avocado Oil Potato Chips

I'm not sure if avocado oil is considered paleo or not, but I'd choose it over a lot of other oils snacks are fried in. They taste like any other "kettle" style chip, which is to say, delicious. (Like bacon, I've never tasted a bad potato chip, even the ones fried in crap.)

This company offers plantain chips fried in palm oil:

Samai Snacks

For all its positives, I understand palm oil comes with environmental concerns, whereby orangutan habitat is destroyed to make way for farming oil palm trees. Not sure if we can know if we're getting responsibly produced palm oil.

1230 · July 06, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I used to LOVE these when I was full on SAD. It made me a bit sad in fact when I read the ingredients after I had gone Paleo.

Indeed there were many things that depressed me in my journey to eat properly, but I kept reminding myself that I could eat steak and eggs and all the other tasty thing in abundance and it made me feel MUCH better.

3841 · July 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM

Trader Joe's makes potato chips fried in olive oil only. I've seen a few brands in gourmet or health stores fried in palm oil, but they're very expensive for a small amount.

1179 · July 06, 2012 at 04:36 AM

Every now and then I'll eat Terra Sweets & Beets chips. The only thing I can think of that makes them non Paleo would be the oils used... Canola and or safflour.

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