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Healthiest Vegan Chips and Non-Vegan Chips

Jason Hughes
Published by Jason Hughes
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: June 15, 2022

One of the largest struggles with the vegan diet is deciding what to eat, not as a large meal, but what is both healthy and conforms to your diet when you are craving something sweet or salty. You may wonder which chips are vegan? Although the original method of making chips was to cut potatoes into circular slices, fry them in vegetable oil and fry them, chips have evolved into one of the top snacks that people go to when walking down the grocery aisle. Certain oils, flavors, and cooking practices can make certain chip brands not only less friendly to a vegan diet but also, may not be so great for you.

In this article, we will go over some of the top vegan-friendly chips brands that can be found accessible on the market. We will also present you with some plant-based chips and snacks that can fulfill the same craving within the confines of the category. Finally, we'll go over some low-calorie snacks, both for vegans and non-vegans.

No one knows exactly who was the first to create potato chips, but the anecdote goes like this: one day in 1891 at an upscale restaurant in New York, Chef George Crum received a plate back from a customer that their dish was fine, but the side dish of potato slices was "too soggy" After trying a few times, the chef eventually got fed up and sliced them into thin "kettle chip" slices, lightly fried them and added a generous helping of salt. The potato was extra crispy, and the patron very much enjoyed it. This was the basis of the potato chip.

Vegan Chips Brands

Veganism is associated with a plant-based diet, so when many think of a vegan "chip" it usually conjures pictures and thoughts of a specialized creation, directed from certain plant fibers and snacks. It is easy to forget that chips themselves should be vegan, to begin with, as it is nothing more than a potato slice and some seasoning. Here are some common chip brands and their flavors that are conducive to a vegan-friendly diet.

  • Doritos: Doritos produce many flavors, chief of which is their original flavor, which mimics a tortilla chip with a lot of cheese. This resembles more of a "tex-mex" style of seasoning and food, which is not vegan-friendly. However, one of their most popular flavors is spicy-sweet chili, which is a spinoff of sweet chili heat. It packs the heat punch of chili pepper, the comfort of a normal salted chip, and it is also a little sweet to round out the flavors.
  • Fritos: Fritos have become less popular in the years, with brands such as Lays and Doritos overtaking the market. It is a little-known fact that the original version of Fritos was actually corn chips. It is nothing more than ground corn flour, baked into shapes and then seasoned. It tastes much like a hard taco shell would. The original version also comes in scoop shapes, making it easy to enjoy with your favorite topping.

Plant Based Chips

  • Flourish, by pop corners: The flourish line of popcorn chips is their latest addition to the plant-based family. With only 100 calories for every 30 chips, it is not only vegan friendly but extremely healthy as a snack, and also very filling. Every 30 chips also contain 4 grams of protein, which is a small, but unexpected benefit from your snack. The product is all-natural and baked, containing chickpea flour, veggies, and some kale. The flourish comes in four different flavors, perfect for every occasion.
  • Bean Chips: The last place you would expect beans is in a chip line, but beanfields have done it (time and time again). Beans are a naturally good source of both fiber and protein, and are, of course, extremely vegan-friendly. The sea salt version tastes just like a tortilla chip and is positively addicting. Beanfield chips usually sell out quickly, but they have four flavors available on Amazon that can satisfy your cravings. Beanfields is also non-GMO and gluten-free.

Low Calorie Vegan Chips

Snacklins: Aren't you tired of looking at the nutrition facts and having to calculate how many calories you will ingest after eating the entire bag? Snacklins nacho plant crisps were designed with you in mind. If you are watching your waistline and counting calories, nothing is more infuriating than having to resist the temptation of an open snack back. At just 90 calories for the entire bag, and pretty considerable size of 26 grams, these are one of the lowest-calorie snacks that you can have waiting in your pantry. Snacklins are made with natural ingredients, such as mushrooms, yucca, and onions, and were even featured on shark tank. Vegan-friendly, non-GMO and gluten-free.

Healthiest Non-Vegan Chips

Kettle Brand:  Our personal favorite chip brand has to be Kettle Brand, as their range of flavors is both vegan and non-vegan friendly. Kettle Brand mimics the original creation, which was the potato chip, which was thickly cut slices of potatoes that were cooked with salt, and served as a side dish. Kettle chips bring that extra flavor and texture to the party, which is perfect for any occasion. Their sea salt flavor is the most popular, made with potatoes, oil, and sea salt. The oil makes this non-vegan friendly but it is gluten-free, non-GMO, and contains no trans fats or synthetic preservatives. They are also high in fiber and are a perfect snacking size of 42grams.

FAQs

Are chips bad for you?

There is a rather large stigma that surrounds chips as a snacking option. Originally, all chips were cooked in unhealthy oils and offered in large portion serving sizes. Trans fats and large amounts of sodium contain very little nutritional value, so eating chips was an extremely poor health choice. Nowadays, we can always moderate our plate sizes, and there are many snacking options available. Most vegan options taste great, have fewer calories, and also contain more macronutrients than the original chips.

Can chips expire?

Yes. Chips can expire much like other carbohydrates. Similar to bread, they can get stale once they expire, and from then on, moldy. Stale chips aren't necessarily bad for you, just less flavorful and may have lost their nutritional content. Moldy chips, however, may make you sick once ingested, so it is advisable to act with caution.

Were chips invented by accident?

No one knows exactly who was the first to create potato chips, but the anecdote goes like this: one day in 1891 at an upscale restaurant in New York, Chef George Crum received a plate back from a customer that their dish was fine, but the side dish of potato slices was "too soggy" After trying a few times, the chef eventually got fed up and sliced them into thin "kettle chip" slices, lightly fried them and added a generous helping of salt. The potato was extra crispy, and the patron very much enjoyed it. This was the basis of the potato chip.


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