Jan 282010
 

Are Veggies Straws Healthy?

Do they Taste too Good to be Healthy?

Veggie Straws Veggie Tale Twist

Veggie Tale Veggie Straws

Mark Veggie Straws down in my never ending search for healthy delicious snacks. I often find so-called healthy snacks taste more healthy than delicious. The ironic thing is that the less delicious they taste the more suspicious I become about how ‘healthy’ they really are. If you’re as old or older than me, you remember how much better McDonald’s French Fries tasted when they were deep fried in Beef Tallow. Unfortunately, our nation’s health experts came up with the mistaken notion that saturated fats caused heart disease and flavorful healthy eating have never been one in the same. These very same nutrition geniuses that told us saturated fats and cholesterol were going to kill us were the same ones who spurned the invention of the one thing that really is dangerous to eat: Trans-Fats. When McDonald’s started cooking their French fries in vegetable oils they not only tasted worse, but it turns out they weren’t so healthy after all. In fact, they were loaded with these deadly trans-fats. So, now we have McDonald’s French Fries cooked in Canola or some other oil that supposedly is void of any trans fats OR saturated fats. Well, I’m here to tell ya – it still tastes fishy to me, and I mean that literally. If you’ve ever tasted any type of oily, crisp snack and wondered what that fishy taste is, you can be sure it's the result of the canola and vegetable oils which are being used in place of saturated fats. I once watched a potato chip taste test where an entire audience rated one product, "dead-last" because it tasted like fish oil. The culprit was canola oil. The winner of the taste test was the product that was cooked in sunflower oil. There is a reason our grandparents, great grand parents and beyond, used meat fats for cooking oil. It tastes better, it cooks better and it really IS healthier for you. I no longer rely on what is considered to be ‘healthy’. I rely on my taste buds. What tastes natural and good to me, is what I consider healthy. I stay away from fake-oil fried chips and I wish so badly that the burger joints would start making their fries the old way again. As I discussed earlier in my article, “How To Lower Cholesterol Fears”, this whole notion about dietary fast, cholesterol and heart disease is a dangerous and unfortunate myth. Does anyone think the nation has lost weight since the low-fat diet became popular?

Garden Veggie Straws really do taste good and they are fun to eat. These light crunchy snacks are made from real vegetables like carrots, spinach and potatoes. I guess you could compare their shape and crunch somewhat to Cheetos, but they are hollow inside – thus the reason they are called, Veggie Straws. They are made from whole grains (corn flour, rice flour, oat flour), sea salt, sugar, salt, baking soda… but one problem; it has the dreaded canola oil. This may be the first time that I’ve enjoyed a snack made with canola oil. My conclusion is that the oil must be light and sparse enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor with that fishy taste of other snacks cooked with canola. Obviously, one of the reasons Garden-Brand Veggie Straws taste so good is that they are made with Sunflower Oil instead of Canola Oil, unlike some of the other inferior products that call themselves, veggie straws. . My favorite equation: Better Taste = Healthier is proven true once again. When I’m eager for a snack, the fat is part of what my body is craving and there just is no substitute for that. Why do we insist on redefining the healthy snack? Since society began this perverse quest to take fat out of our diets, the result has been snacks which are less satisfying and people that are fatter, more obsessed and paranoid about eating the natural food our bodies need. Veggie Straws by Garden is a healthy snack because it tastes good.

The Veggie Tale Verdict

The Veggie Tale is that not all Veggie Straws are created equal. I've looked at some of the other products called, Veggie Straws and have duly noted that they contain the evil villain, Canola Oil rather than Sunflower Oil. I fully endorse Garden Veggie Straws (You can buy them at Costco) as a healthy and tasty snack, deliciously cooked in sunflower oil. They are low on calories, have a reasonable amount of fiber and are just crunchy and salty enough to solve your craving between meals.

Veggie Straws Nutrition and Calories in 1OZ Serving

veggie straws

Garden Veggie Straws Review

  23 Responses to “Veggie Straws and the Veggie Tale Twist”

  1. The veggie tale verdict is that it not only taste great, its good for you. My son came home from school stated his teacher was eating them. I never heard about them. Well while in SAMS CLUB i saw the 20oz bag and picked it up. To my surprise, they not only taste great with no after taste, and has a crunch I was looking for. So long to my weakness (potato chips.)

  2. Oh my goodness, these are amazing! 130 calories in a significant portion size and so delicious!

  3. Um, yeah, these aren’t healthy, sorry to tell you. They’re essentially baked potato chips with powdered veggies.

    Seriously, look at the nutritional content and notice the lack of fibre.

    The only truly healthy snacks are vegetables, whole.

    • Thanks a lot, Bob. You’re quite the Party Pooper. Telling us that one of the snacks we know and love isn’t healthy. I think perhaps I over-stated the point, here.
      I don’t consider a healthy snack to be one that replaces your daily nutrition. It’s what is NOT in Veggie Straws that makes them healthy as snacks go. It’s not full of the deadly transfats and other oils that make so-called healthy snacks so unhealthy. Besides, anyone trying to get their daily fiber from snacks is not thinking right. A lack of fiber in a snack does not make it ‘unhealthy’ an unhealthy snack. Snacks that don’t include harmful oils and other bad ingredients are ‘healthy’ in my book as long as you don’t consider them part of your so-called, ‘healthy’ diet. It’s not what they put IN a snack that makes it healthy. It’s what doesn’t go into the snack. Veggie Straws are a healthy snack – as snacks go, that is.

  4. i just picked thease up and am so excited my 11 month old twins are lovin them and i love them i will not buy another bag of chips again im even going to try the other flavors num num num

  5. I do like these veggie straws – and being on a gluten-free diet, they provide that once in a while slightly salty crunch I’m craving. But for some reason, I often have a minor stomach ache after eating these. Not sure what the issue is… but certainly a better alternative to anyone who likes regular potato chips, in my opinion.

  6. This kid at school had some a lil while ago and i didn’t want to try them (they didn’t sound appealing plus I hated the kid). But just recently my best friend brought some and i tried em, they’re actually really goood! So I plan on buying some next time i go to the store. I LOVE potato chips, but my parents don’t like me eating them (for obvious reasons), so maybe these will be the healthy replacement I am looking for. Great review.
    And happy snacking!

  7. These are a really good replacement for greasy potato chips. I love the sweet BBQ flavor they have now — so good!!

  8. we just got these at Costco and we LOVE them!!!! My kids love them and my three year old actually asks for them. These will stay on our grocery list for a long time!!!!

  9. @ Krista, I get a stomach ache as well…..maybe I EAT too many at one time! Eating them now, so we’ll see how the tummy feels afterwards….Great snack, I feel better afterwards, compared to eating cheetos!

  10. I will tell you that I ate these the other day and got a slight stomach upset too. The ingredients on the bag do not have any gluten listed, HOWEVER, if you look on the outside of the box, it says Wheat Flour for each of the flavors in the CostCo package.

    Wonder if there is or is not wheat flour in there. Would make sense with the stomach issues. Can anybody verify whether there is wheat flour in the product?

  11. actually i think it was wheat starch

  12. Am a mom of my first child so when other 18 month old where having regular chips and offering them to my baby girl I got kinda scared of her liking them so much…so she tried them and didnt like them because regular chips are hard but at walmart trying to shop healthier found this chips…i loved them and she does too…i dont give her too much but she likes them …she will turn 2 in a month so i will have these at her b day party..so other kids can enjoy as well…

  13. i just compared these to regular potato chips and these veggie straws are actually worse for you then just regular chips there is more protein and less sodium and less fat. so unless someone can prove this wrong because i am sure that they don’t lie on labels then i will believe they are better

    • I don’t believe sodium is bad for the majority of us and natural fat is certainly not a problem- it’s those vegetable oils and fake fats that I would avoid. Generally, I consider anything that is labeled as ‘low-fat’ to be unhealthy, not vice versa. More and more people are thankfully, starting to recognize the Fat and Cholesterol Fraud.
      As for protein, I could care less about that in a snack. I get my protein from meals.

      Thanks for writing,

      Rob

  14. The author of this post is terribly misinformed. (Nothing against veggie straws here; I like them). The notion that meat fats are better for you than vegetable oils is ridiculous. For those who want a little science and research with their opinion, I recommend the book “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy.”

    • Well Clint, we all have our books. I looked up your recommendation on Amazon and it does seem to have some good advise about restructuring our disastrous age-old food pyramid which is too full of carbs and sugars. On the other hand, if this author thinks saturated fats are unhealthy, I have no interest in reading it. There have been millions of books that have claimed that very same thing and none of it is based on good science.
      We all might have opinions on what is considered healthy and what is considered “not” healthy. The idea that fat and cholesterol from meat are “unhealthy” is simply not supported at all by science.
      Books that think vegetable oils are healthy are too numerous to count and all based on the wrong premise that saturated fats clog up our arteries. There is no statistical science to back this up.
      Fat and Cholesterol are Good For You

      I looked at your book, now you look up mine above as well as the link below which will give you a good course in saturated fats:
      The Oiling of America

  15. I love them. If I could eat the entire jumbo bag i would hahaha. They are a great replacement from regular greasey chips and all the other chip style snacks.
    So glad I picked them up one day at BJ’S. They are my new favorate snack. :-)

    • I agree, Donna:

      They are hard to stop eating. Veggie Straws just have such a nice, light crunch. They are really fun to snack on.

      Rob

  16. I have celiac and I got very sick from them.

  17. I love veggie straws.! They are sooooooooo good!!!:)my friend showed me them at a softball game and try are so good and my sister has a stomache hurts after se eats them too, but we do t pay attention to what the serving is when we eat them so I thin we just eat too many and that’s what’s giving us a stomache ache…

  18. I like the taste, but I suspect they do have gluten in them. The way gluten affects me personally is canker sores in my mouth and joint pain. I bought a bag of these on the weekend and 2 days after eating some (not the whole bag but enough) I have two canker sores on the inside of my right cheek and one on my tongue. The bag says they are produced in a facility where they process wheat and soy so I think there is enough exposure to affect someone who has a gluten intolerance.

    • Great points on the gluten concerns with Veggie Straws. This is the kind if information that makes blog articles like these infinitely more useful. Thanks for sharing.

      Rob

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