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One of my favorite snacks is and has always been chips. Something salty and crunchy always hits the spot. When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I remember thinking – do I have to get rid of my favorite chips too? The answer was “Yes” to some, but not all. You need to be very careful when it comes to seasonings and spices as they do contain gluten.
Cape Cod and Tostitos use to be my go-to bag of chips. However, along the way, in my gluten free journey, I have become more aware of ingredients. The only way I am going to heal my gut is through foods containing beneficial ingredients. Many chips that I would eat before were made in canola oil and vegetable oil (a combination of corn, canola and/or sunflower oil).
Canola oil has been associated with a great deal of negativity. According to Dr. Axe’s article, “Stop Using Canola Oil Immediately! 6 Canola Oil Dangers”, he lists kidney and liver problems, life-threatening heart trouble, hypertension and strokes, retardation of normal growth, increase intake of unhealthy trans fats, and numerous potential GMO health sides effects (one being cancer!) as outcomes of consuming canola oil. Yikes that’s scary! And definitely enough info to steer me towards finding a better bag of chips.
Now, I fully understand, I am not going to heal my gut through eating bags of chips. Although that would be a wonderful dream come true. The best food choice will always be whole, organic fruits and vegetables and grass-fed meats. In the meantime, when I want to treat myself with something delicious, like a bag of chips, I have some terrific bags to try.
Here are my Top 5 Bags of Chips:
- Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips, Sea Salt, Nacho, & Lime
Ingredients: Cassava Flour, Avocado oil, Coconut Flour, Ground Chia Seed, and Sea Salt
- Lundberg Family Farms Organic Grounded Snacks Pink Himalayan Salt Red Rice & Quinoa Tortilla Chips
- POPCORNers Carnival Kettle, plus more varieties
- Kettle Brand Potato Chips, 100% Avocado Oil
- BEANiTOS Black Bean Chips The Original, plus more varieties