What's really in your corn chips?

There's a bit of a presumption out there that corn chips are not so bad because they're made of corn right? Hmm, well they are a processed food.

However, if you are going to reach for a packet of good ole' CC's (remember those?) make sure you know what you're getting:

 

Cheese flavoured corn chips:

 

Corn, vegetable oil, tasty cheese flavour, flavour enhancer 621&635, maltodextrin, dehydrated onion, dextrose, salt, starch, rice flour, cheese solids, hydrolysed vegetable protein, sugar, flavours, spice extracts, acidity regulators 270, 296, 327, 330, vegetable fat, spice, yeast extract, anti-caking agent 551, emulsifier 433.

 

Phew! That's a whole lot of lab ingredients in one little chip. Frightening.

 

Lesser ingredient alternatives:

  • Mexicano Plain Corn chips (corn, oil, salt) - but still made with substandard vegetable oil

  • Macro Organic (organic corn, organic sunflower oil, sea salt)

  • Garden of Earth corn chips

 

Now I'm not advocating that corn chips are part of a whole foods diet, but if you are going to eat them, be aware of the ingredients.

 

Another healthier alternative is to make potato wedges or slice kumara into thin rounds and bake or dehydrate until crisp.instead.

 Melissa Lowe | Nutrition & Health Coach | melissa@thethriveguide.co.nz

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