Dr. Gourmet Says... Eat - Don't Eat


Dr. Gourmet Says... Eat - Don't Eat: October 23, 2007

In the great snack hunt that I've undertaken I thought that I had seen most of what is available. While I don't eat snack foods very often, I do try to keep up with what is out there.Garden Harvest Toasted Chips The new offering from Nabisco caught my eye not just because it is something I hadn't seen, but also because the package boasts "1/2 serving of vegetables in each 1 oz. serving of chips."

This was on the label of the Garden Harvest Toasted Chips. I guess that they do this by using the "dehydrated vegetable blend" that's noted in the ingredient list. For the Vegetable Medley chips this includes carrot, tomato, broccoli, onion, green bell pepper, spinach and mushroom. I was really intrigued by their offering of not just savory chips but sweet ones also.

Don't Eat

The fruit offerings are Banana chips and Apple Cinnamon chips. Ugh! These are really awful. I am not sure what I was hoping for, but I did expect more since the first ingredient for the Banana chips is actually Banana and the second in the Apple Cinnamon is apples. Both of these taste artificial, however.

Peeled BananaI am sure that someone at Nabisco is going to read this and think, "See, that's what happens when we give them real food instead of artificial flavorings - it doesn't taste right." It may be that this is true, but the result here is perfectly terrible, with both flavors being so overwhelmingly bad that I am amazed that they released them. (As one long-time tester said, "This is the first time I actually wanted to spit something out.")

I generally take the leftovers from testing to my clinic, for snacks when the pediatric nurses need something for the children, but these went directly in the trash.

Eat

TomatoAt least they make up for it with the Vegetable Medley and Tomato Basil flavors. Both of these are good, and as snack chips go you would be able to serve these at a party and no one would know that they are better for you than potato chips and Fritos. An ounce is about 16 chips and is only 120 calories and 4 grams of fat. None of that fat is saturated fat and they have 3 grams of fiber.

The basil flavor in the Tomato Basil chips is a little intense, but not overwhelming. The Vegetable Medley is the best, being more subtle. There's a good fresh green pepper taste to these that doesn't overpower everything else (dispelling the idea that making a product with natural ingredients can't taste good).

I am still not going to be a convert to eating snack foods, but these two are good choices when you are having a party or just have that craving.

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