Update on Veggie Straws – April 4 – 2017
I have knocked this product down a notch because I know longer believe sunflower oil is a healthy oil. For the most part, I try to avoid industrial seed oils. I would still prefer sunflower to canola. However, if you look at the ingredients, you might find that sunflower oil and canola oil are used interchangeably. I will avoid Veggie Straws until they wise up and start cooking them in coconut oil.
Are Veggies Straws Healthy?
Do they Taste too Good to be Healthy?
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