Chewsday Review- Vege Chips (Lentil-Lightly Salted)

They're Vege Chips, so they've got to be better than regular potato chips, right? (Let's ignore the fact that potatoes are also vegetables 😂) Aaaaaaand they're made from lentils, so that's got to be even better, right? Well, today's Chewsday Review will dish the dirt on these vege versions!

🔶Ingredients:

🔹Potato starch, lentil flour, sunflower oil, sea salt

🔹Common allergens include: may contain traces of sesame seeds

🔶The positives:

🔹Saturated fat and sugar within healthy guidelines. This is the same as Red Rock Deli chips, and about half the saturated fat content of Smith's original chips.

🔹Contain some fibre (but not very much). A 20g serving provides enough fibre to meet 3.5% of a toddler's daily fibre requirements and 3% of a preschoolers daily fibre requirements. Clearly the lentil flour adds very little to these chips!

🔶The negatives:

🔹Total fat is double the recommended guidelines at 20g/100g.

🔹Sodium (salt) content significantly exceeds nutritional guidelines of less than 420mg/100g at a whopping 950mg. This is almost double the sodium content of Red Rock and Smith's chips.

🔶The marketing:

🔹"No hidden nasties" Well, long time readers know how much I despise this statement. It means nothing. Nasties are not a well-defined ingredient. You can claim this regardless of what you put into your product. These chips go on to state 'no nuts, egg, dairy, gluten, MSG, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours.' I definitely do not classify nuts, eggs, dairy or gluten as 'nasties' so you can see how vague this term actually is!

🔹"Lentils grow on a bushy annual plant of the legume family. Lentils have been consumed by people in Asia for over 10, 000 years. Canada is the largest export producer of lentils." Unsure what these fun facts do for their marketing (except make you think the chips have lots of lentils in them), but might come in handy at your next quiz night...

🔹"85% less saturated fat*" Note the asterisk. You have to turn the packet over to find out what these chips have 85% less fat than! Turns out they have less saturated fat than snacks cooked in palm oil. Great, except that most crisps/chips are also cooked in sunflower oil not palm oil, so they have the same amount of saturated fat as normal chips.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹These lentil vege chips are nutritionally almost exactly the same as regular potato chips. In fact, they actually have a lot more sodium (salt). So, don't be fooled into thinking you're having a healthier chip, because you're most definitely not!

🔹If you're using these to dip, I'd suggest the low or no salt rice crackers, or rice/corn cakes.

About Mealtime Building Blocks

Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.

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