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Vegetable chips aren’t always healthy

Vegetable chips aren’t always healthy
June 29
10:13 2017

For most of us, a beet chip will always be better than a potato chip, but some experts say, the recent influx of so-called “healthy” vegetable chips is confusing many.

Desiree Nielsen, a Vancouver-based registered dietitian, says when we associate the words “vegetable” and “healthy,” this is nothing but a marketing ploy.

“If you deep fry anything, regardless of original nutrient content, it is no longer a healthy option,” she tells Global News. “You might get a few extra antioxidants, if they survived the high heat of frying, which is not guaranteed, but you are much better off eating the actual vegetable.”

In a study conducted by U.K.-based kitchen retailer Wren Kitchens and registered nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed in June, the report found not all sugar-free and low-calorie foods were actually healthy.

Looking at things like sugar-free and low-calorie beverages, kids’ fruit roll-ups, and vegetable chips, the report found some brands of veggie chips had more fat than regular potato chips and even a chocolate bar, HuffPost U.K. reports.

According to the report, a 40-gram serving of Tyrrells English Crisps had more fat (14.3 grams) than plain Pringles and a Mars Bar.

Treating chips as snacks

Abbey Sharp, a Toronto dietitian and food blogger, says the problem isn’t eating vegetable chips, it’s treating them like a healthy snack.

“By comparing their nutrition facts, yes, some veggie chip brands are lower in calories, fat, and salt, but when they’re not consumed in moderation, you could be taking in a lot of excess calories,” she tells Global News. ” I always suggest you never eat straight from the bag, but rather, pour yourself a mindful portion and enjoy each bite.”

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