Q: How healthy are these veggie labeled chips?
A: Though you may see a bit more vitamins in the ingredient list of things such as veggie straws, when all is said and done, a chip is a chip - not a serving of vegetables. Don't be taken in by healthy-term-marketing. A chip is a chip even if it's dressed up like a veggie.
Q: Why all the new shapes and flavors and is there anything I should watch out for?
Q: Are dessert chips healthier than regular savory chips?
Q: Are cracker-chips a better choice than traditional chips?
A: Not necessarily. Often, the longest ingredient labels are found on these cracker-chip-hybrids. Personally, a cracker make better crackers and chips make better chips, and never the twain should meet. For me it's kind of like a burger place trying to sell pizza. But aside from the taste profile, there is often a lot more additives, more sodium more sugar, and less whole grain and fiber. Stick with a whole grain cracker and a 3-4 ingredient chip.
Q: So, is it ever ok to have chips?
A: Yes! The key is serving size, frequency and overall balance of your diet. If you have a very healthful diet (i.e. lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains and of water) an occasional serving of chips is a fine and satisfying thing. Choose simple ingredient list chips, and keep your serving size to one open handful for large chips and a partially closed handful for smaller chips. Its all about the serving size and balance of foods.