I recently found two new snacks that I am absolutely enjoying.
Like many, I do enjoy a good crunch from a chip here and there – just not the awful oils that are usually used to make them. Canola oil, vegetable oils, corn oils, soybean oils – even sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oils can all be bothersome to your body, as they all promote inflammation. Peanut oil is used as well, but that is another whole issue for many with nut allergies. These oils just don’t sit well for many, whether they realize it or not.
Coconut oil, olive oil and red palm oil are better for you oils that offer benefits to your body, causing good health, not harm. Today you can find healthier versions of chips made with these oils. Of course, when you do, try not to eat the whole bag in one sitting!
There seems to be much confusion with palm oil. In a article posted on ran.org, Dr. Andrew Weil: Conflict Palm Oil Bad for People and Planet, Dr. Weil stated “Fresh palm fruit oil, sometimes called ‘red palm oil,’ is a nutritious and beneficial oil. However, it’s important not to confuse this raw oil with palm kernel oil, or the highly processed versions of crude palm oil that are commonly used as ingredients in the industrially-produced packaged foods found in most Americans’ diets,” says Dr. Weil. “These types of palm oil are unhealthy for the human body. And their irresponsible cultivation in tropical areas is unhealthy for the planet.”
When choosing a packaged snack, make sure you look at the ingredient list and check those oils.
Here are two to try:
Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips
These are crunchy and sweet without all the heavy oils and processed sugar. Made with only three ingredients – plantains, palm oil and cinnamon. They are gluten-free, vegan, Paleo Certified, Non-GMO and made in a facility that is peanut and tree nut free. Great on many levels for those with food allergies!
Plantains also offer good nutrition to our bodies. They contain less sugar than their cousin the banana. According to Dr. Axe, “Plantains are a solid source of carbohydrates with a low fat content, but they also provide a number of other health benefits” such as “a great source of potassium . . . regulate the digestive system . . . one of the best vitamin C foods around. . . boost the immune system and promote healthy brain function”. Now wouldn’t that make you pick up a bag! Of course, you can also pick up a plantain from your local grocery store and try a hand at cooking one yourself.
Artisan Tropics Cassava Strips
Another tasty chip to satisfy that crunch. If you can’t, or don’t eat white potato chips anymore, these are a great alternative. These strips are made with cassava (yuca plant), palm oil and sea salt. Cassava is a good source of Vitamin C and is a non-inflammatory carbohydrate. These chips are gluten-free, vegan, Paleo Certified, Non-GMO and made in a facility that is peanut and tree nut free. Again, great for those with food allergies!
My children and I loved them – and I have to say, they didn’t last long between us! These will definitely be tagging along on our summer vacations!
Always fun to find a new treat to share – Enjoy!
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