Chewsday Review- McCain Superfries Straight Cut

Does your kiddo love hot chips? It’s almost a given (although funnily enough as a kid I NEVER liked hot chips!) So how do the frozen chippies stack up? Today’s Chewsday Review features McCain Superfries Straight Cut.

 

 🔶Ingredients: 

🔹Potatoes (96%), canola oil, dextrose (from maize)

🔹Common allergens include: nil (dextrose from maize does not contain gluten)

🔹This product may contain traces of Cereals, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Sulphites

 

🔶The positives: 

🔹Mostly potatoes! These veggies do have a bad reputation, but potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, fibre and even some protein! 

🔹Total fat content within healthy guidelines. The use of canola oil (a monounsaturated fat). There’s been a heap of misinformation about seed oils in recent times (most of which has been ‘researched’ by a lawyer with no health background). This is a good oil.

I’d also choose straight cut chips over fries or crinkle cut chips, because they’ll naturally contain less fat per 100g. Crinkle cut chips have more surface area where the oil can stick and fries have less potato to oil ratio.

🔹Low in sodium (in fact none added).

🔹Reasonable source of fibre at 2.2g/100g/

🔹Convenient- you can grab them out of the freezer when you need an easy side dish.

 

🔶The negatives:

🔹The skin of the potatoes have been removed, and that’s where several of the main nutrients are stored. If you make chips at home then keeping some of the skin can improve the nutrient content.

 

🔶The marketing:

🔹’Cooked in canola oil- low cholesterol.’ This is a bit misleading because cholesterol is only found in animal products. Potatoes and canola oil are not derived from animals so naturally have no cholesterol in them. Our own cholesterol levels are more affected by saturated fat in food rather than the actual cholesterol in food. Anyway, not something to worry about!

🔹’4.5 health stars.’ I’m quite ok with this.

 

🔶The alternatives:

🔹I think these are a great food to have in the freezer to round out a meal. Obviously serve alongside with other veggies and protein.  

🔹I particularly like this brand because there’s so few ingredients (some brands have lots of added bits and pieces). The Woolworths home brand chips also look reasonable!

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About Mealtime Building Blocks 

Dr Kyla Smith and Liz Beaton are paediatric dietitians 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, Liz and Lauren here www.mealtimes.com.au 

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