Veggie Chips: Are They Healthy?

by in Healthy Tips, Is It Healthy?, October 10, 2011

vegetable chips
These potato chip-alternatives have been cropping up on market shelves everywhere. But are veggie chips a healthier pick? Here’s a look at the crunchy details.

YES?
Some of the more popular brands of veggie chips are much lower in sodium than traditional varieties. One ounce of Original Terra Chips contains 50 milligrams of sodium while an ounce (about 15 chips) of traditional potato chips contains over three times that amount (180 milligrams). The amount of salt, however isn’t always lower in veggie chips. Some brands contain even more than potato chips and other snack foods.

Both potato and veggie chips usually contain 10 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C, but some varieties of veggie chips (like sweet potato) also contain 50 percent of your recommended amount of vitamin A.

NO?
As for calories and fat, they’re pretty much in the same ball park as regular potato chips. Calories range from about 125 to 160, while fat is about 10 to 11 grams per ounce. You can always find exceptions to the rule like in Good Health Natural Food Veggie Chips which have a bit less fat at 7 grams per ounce.

Veggie chips don’t usually have a laundry list of unidentifiable ingredients, but neither do potato chips. Potatoes, oil and salt are typically the ingredients found in potato chips– veggie chips are no different except for the type of veggie used. The types of oil varies based on brand. Popular brands of veggie chips use canola, safflower or sunflower oil (or a combination of these oils). No matter which type of oil is used, they all contain 120 calories per tablespoon.

Don’t be duped by the the word “veggie” in their title. A serving of veggie chips isn’t a healthy substitute for fresh, frozen, or even canned veggies. One serving of veggies contains 25 calories and many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (plant chemicals that fight disease). Once the veggies are processed into chips, many of the vitamins and plant chemicals are destroyed. This leaves you with a food that’s much higher in calories and fat with fewer nutrients.

The Verdict
Clever marketing has made consumers believe “veggie” chips are healthy. Let’s not forget that potatoes are a veggie too. If you’re in the mood for a salty snack, chips of any sort can be enjoyed in moderate 1-ounce servings.

TELL US: Do you eat veggie chips?

More posts from .

Similar Posts

5 Foods That Are Not Really Your Best Friends

Watch out for five unassuming foods that rake in the calories, whether you realize it or not....

Comments (1,396)

  1. group as well. then it becomes easier…

    for you to maintain a blog.contentyou should take care to include quality content in your blog. the content you choose should be centered around your readers’ interest. your message should reach the target audience. to maintain quality content, you ne…

  2. Many Grenon says:

    Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is wonderful, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about Veggie Chips: Are They Healthy? | Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog .

  3. Tongkat Ali says:

    No se puede decir que es excelente, pero estoy de acuerdo que es una buena obra que justifica una cierta apreciación de ustedes.

  4. agel reviews says:

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  5. money lender says:

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  6. buy kratom says:

    Looking around…

    While I was surfing yesterday I noticed a great post about…

  7. Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other articles, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  8. Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  9. clean eating says:

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  10. Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>