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. A better alternative for a whole food option is kumara sliced into thin rounds and baked or dehydrated til crisp.

 

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 regulations 270, 296, 327, 330, vegetable fat, spice, yeast extract, angi-caking agen 551, emulsifier 433.

 

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

 

Lesser ingredient alternatives:

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

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

 

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 instead.

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