Should we Eat Real Sea Salt Lentil Chips?

Throughout January, our Health Coaches and Adult Weight Management Practitioners will share healthy snack alternatives for when the temptation to back-track is strong! This week Hannah talks about why Eat Real Sea Salt Lentil Chips is the real deal. 

It’s hard to resist a bag of crisps once they are open and, with so many different flavours and brands to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming, especially when you are trying to make a healthier choice. Eat Real Sea Salt Lentil Chips may be the answer when looking for a healthy snack. The packaging is attractive and they cost £1.80 on average, so a similar price to a higher end packet of crisps. 

Eat Real Sea Salt Lentil Chips promote themselves as being 40% less fat than standard crisps, gluten free and vegan. They are endorsed as suitable for Coeliacs and Vegans and, looking at the ingredients (Lentil flour, potato starch, corn starch, rapeseed oil and sea salt), they definitely would be suitable for those following a specific diet for health or ethical reasons.  

Looking at the ingredients and nutritional value, we can see if they are really as good as they seem!  

 

 

Using NHS Live Well Food Label Guidance, we can see that these are a high fat and high salt snack. Anything more than 17.5g (per 100g) of fat is considered high fat, and anything higher than 1.5g (per 100g) of salt is considered high salt. Surprisingly, these lentil chips are also a high sugar snack. They contain 62.1g (per 100g) of sugar, and anything over 22.5g (per 100g) is considered high sugar. For anyone thinking of watching their blood pressure, heart health or sugar intake, they may want to consider limiting these to a once in a while treat.  

Overall as a once in a while treat, these could be a healthy alternative to a similar high-end pack of crisps when considering price and nutritional value.  

Total fat 

High: more than 17.5g of fat per 100g 
Low: 3g of fat or less per 100g  

Saturated fat 

High: more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g 
Low: 1.5g of saturated fat or less per 100g   

Sugars 

High: more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g 
Low: 5g of total sugars or less per 100g 

Salt 

High: more than 1.5g of salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium) 
Low: 0.3g of salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)  

 

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