Vegan Junk Food Find

Shopping today at Tendercrop,a grocery store in my area, I came across an interesting snack. I found some Dang toasted coconut chips, which are becoming a common site in many stores, but the chips I found were chili lime flavor. Spicy and sweet, they were tasty and interesting, and made from coconut. So they must be good for us, right? Well, you may be just looking for a tasty treat, but if you are trying to eat clean, and unprocessed, this is not the way you want to go. I know, I know, I’ve heard the hype about coconut being the “good fat” and plant-based, and if you eat it sparingly in it’s natural form, maybe it could be a good thing. But, these coconut chips are, after all, a processed coconut snack.

So, in the name of research, I had to purchase a bag to try them and see what the hype was all about.

Coco-nutty Goodness

20160124_114124.jpgThey were crunchy. They were sweet. They were salty. And they were spicy and tangy. A tasty little treat, that I would recommend only if you want to indulge yourself. Seriously if you have no weight issues or no health issues it could be a good treat for someone. And maybe choosing such a snack once in a while wouldn’t be harmful. BUT…remember,  this is a processed product. It isn’t  coconut as nature intended. Ingredients in these coconut chips are as listed on the package : Coconut, Cane Sugar, Chile Lime Seasoning (Chili,Lime,Garlic, Onion, Pepper,Kaffir Lime, Citric Acid), Coconut Oil, Salt.

So, maybe not so bad. Now let’s break down the nutrients.

In a 1 oz serving you will get 155 calories,  10 grams of fat (8 of those 10 are saturated fats), 340 grams of sodium, and 13 grams of sugar. There are 3 one oz servings in a bag, and that measures approximately 1/4 cup. But have you ever noticed serving sizes and actually followed the recommendations?  And if a snacker is in the throes of mindless snacking, do you think he/she  would stop at one tiny serving? More likely the snacker would continue until the bag was empty. So then you must realize that all the nutrients and calories would be tripled during your intake. So…

465 calories

30 grams of fat

1020 milligrams sodium

39 grams of sugar

Is it worth it? It’s a personal choice,  but I say for me, it’s not worth it. Tasty? Yes. Substantial? No.

Would I buy this product again? No. For all the reasons I covered, such as calories, and nutrients, but the most compelling reason for me  not to buy this product again is the cost. $5.99 a bag. Honestly, I could buy a whole coconut in the grocery store for approximately  $1.50 and it would be fresher and most likely better for me.

As always I go back to my belief that the best foods are the foods that come from your own kitchen. You know how it’s prepared and you are in control of all the ingredients. Snacking could be as simple as a piece of fruit, a slice or two of cucumber or pepper (or any other veggie), or even a bowl of oatmeal.

Till next time, may you be well fed, healthy and happy!

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