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Consumer Reports: not-so-healthy veggie chips

(WMC TV) - Consumer Reports evaluated 18 different chips marketed as healthier "veggie" options.

The magazine's testers discovered five of the so-called "veggie" chips were actually made from potato flour. They are not nutritionally superior to standard potato chips. They have about as much fat and as many calories as potato chips, a lot more sodium and they cost as much as 30 percent more than regular potato chips.

Those chips included Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws, Eatsmart Naturals Garden Veggie Crisps, and Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value Veggie Chips.

Consumer Reports said a healthier alternative is chips made from sliced vegetables, like top-rated Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips. They are much lower in sodium and are made from real slices of root vegetables such as sweet potato and parsnip. Keep in mind, they're still fried, so they're loaded with fat and calories. 

Chips made from beans offer a nutritional boost. Boulder Canyon Natural Foods Hummus Chips stood out in the taste tests. Because they are made from chickpea flour, you get some protein and fiber, too. Pair them with salsa to get a serving of vegetables without adding a lot of fat and calories.

When you have a salty itch that only potato chips will scratch, Consumer Reports recommended Lay's Classics, the top-rated potato chips in previous tests. Take some
consolation in knowing that potato chips on average have a lot less sodium than potato-based "veggie" chips.

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