Are Chips Bad For You?
How often have you snacked on a packet of chips and thought to yourself “It won’t do me any harm to have just one bag” and then kicked yourself after reading the nutritional information to find that you’ve just consumed enough fat to transform your heart into a baby seal pup?
These thin crispy bites of joy don’t look like much, but chips are tricksy little rascals and often pack quite the punch of unhealthy fats and calories! So why is it that they have to taste so darn good?
If you’re tracking your macros or even just trying to follow a more healthy lifestyle, then finding balanced snacks that you actually enjoy eating can be a pain in the glutes! Luckily, healthy AND tasty chips do exist and, being the kind and generous sort of people that we are at Macro Snacks, we’re going to help you find them.
What Constitutes a Healthy Chip?
Po-tay-to, po-tah-to...what’s the difference?
Healthy Plant-Based Oils
Nowadays, our foods often contain high levels of trans fats and highly-processed saturated fats, spelling bad news for our cholesterol and hearts. What’s more, whilst fat is an important macronutrient, it is important that we don’t consume too much of it, which is why the fat is shown as the lowest percentage in the recommended macro ratio.
When looking for healthy, balanced snacks, try those that use less processed oils and are low in saturated fats. For example, sunflower oil or olive oil are great options! Sunflower oil contains a healthier balance of fats, with only half of the saturated fat of cottonseed oil.
You may have noticed that some snack brands have chips that have been cooked using different methods. For example, Lay’s Classic potato chips and Lay’s Kettle-Cooked potato chips. Many people believe that snacks cooked via the kettle method are healthier, probably because of their more natural, potato-esque appearance. However, the reality is that the ingredients used to make them are the same, as well as the resulting calories and total fat.
That’s because they are both still fried in exactly the same type of oil; the only difference is that, whilst regular chips are fried in consistently hot oil along a conveyor belt, kettle-cooked chips are dunked into a kettle of oil that cools every time a new batch is added. In other words, the length of cooking time is the main variable!
Consequently, if you really want to eat healthier and more balanced snacks, then you should be looking for chips that have been baked or air-/vacuum-fried. That way you are eating less oil or no oil at all.
Low in Calories and Fat
Unless you want increased blood pressure, then eating chips that are high in fat is probably not the best snack option! Healthy chips are those that have a lower fat content and subsequently fewer calories. The lower fat is usually achieved through the different cooking methods we explained above.
But low-fat, low-calorie chips can be so boring! We get it, the ability to indulge in tasty snacks is an important part of our health and well-being, but there is another way (hang on in there, we’ll let you in on our secret soon enough).
Plant-Based and Non-GMO Ingredients
Did you know that the majority of “potato” chips are barely potato at all? Whilst chips don’t have to be made from potatoes, the truth is that most popular chip brands use a blend of highly-processed ingredients from questionable sources.
If you’re looking for a healthy snack, then it’s best to choose those with natural, plant-based, and non-GMO ingredients.
Check out the amazing plant-based ingredients that we use in our tasty Macro Snacks!
In an ideal world, snacks would contain the correct ratio of macronutrients and taste amazing...oh, wait! It is an ideal world! Luckily for you, Macro Snacks have gone ahead and done just that; we’ve created an entire range of perfectly balanced, crunchy, nutritional, AND delicious chips to match the flavors of all your favorite brands.
Read our blog on why it’s so important to eat macro-balanced snacks pre- and post-workout
Macro Snacks: The Healthiest Snacks
Macro Snacks are made using an extrusion method to make the protein puff base. From there, the puffs are baked in an oven and then tumbled in seasoning and oil, then baked again to create the best crunch on the market. We use a blend of pea protein isolate, chickpea flour, and brown rice flour to provide you with lots of complete plant-based protein. They are also a great source of complex carbs and fiber, which is great for your gut! What’s more, our vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO snacks are high in micronutrients and low in unhealthy fats and calories.
There you have it...healthy chips that are nutritionally balanced AND taste amazing!