Way Better Black Bean Chips

13 Nov

Way Better Black Bean Chips

Chip week is under way! First up in the chip brigade is a review of Way Better Snacks’ Simply Beyond Black Bean Tortilla Chips.

These chips are gluten free, contain no GM ingredients and have a straightforward ingredient list consisting of corn, oil, sprouted black beans, sprouted flax seed, sprouted quinoa and sea salt.

What’s the deal with the sprouted grains?

Way Better Snacks says on the packaging that, “Sprouting our grains and seeds increases their nutrients and allows your body to better absorb them.” That’s a bit of a stretch – as sprouted grains have not scientifically been proven to be more healthful than whole grains. They are certainly a better bet than white flour-based, refined grain products though – that’s for sure.

The packaging goes on to say that, “Every serving has over 275 mg of healthy Omega 3 essential fatty acids to help keep your cells happy.” Problem is, it’s not the more preferable EPA+DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids that we know convey anti-inflammatory and heart health benefits.

Why should you eat these chips?

Well, as the manufacturers point out, “Oh, and our chips are yummy!” And that they are. The chips have a slightly nutty flavor and are not overly greasy. If there’s any reason to eat them – it’s because they taste good. And their nutrition profile isn’t half bad either:

  • A one-chip serving (1 oz, about 11 chips) contains 130 calories, 6 grams of mostly good fat, 110 mg sodium, 3 g fiber and 2 g protein.

That’s a pretty good nutrition profile if you’re checking out chips.

So, stick to the fish for your omega-3s, don’t forget to eat some unprocessed whole grains and fruits and vegetables for your fiber – and if there’s room left, this dietitian certainly recommends the Way Better Black Bean Tortilla Chips as a sometimes food and a super tasty snack.

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