Beanitos: Should You Become a BeanHead?

I came across Beanitos due to the fact that my friend @BeanitosApril works over there.  She gave my family some samples and we felt they were one super awesome healthy (ish) snack.  So to find out exactly how good and healthy they actually were, I had April send some to our Loving the Bike Nutritionist, Kelli, so that this review could be done by an expert.  Here is Kelli’s Review of Beanitos.

We’ve got a WINNER.  Congratulations to Craig Clark who gets a mixed case of Beanitos snack-sized bags (all 4 flavors, you get 24 bags).  Enjoy them, Craig.

 

Review of Beanitos   

by Kelli Jennings

Bean Brand Foods, Beanitos The Bean Chips™ were created by serious snackers, for serious snackers (aka For Human Beans™) who demand more than empty calories from their snacks. And, since corn is in over 4,000 products at the typical supermarket and has been linked to a host of health issues including obesity, all of our products are Always Corn Free™! – From the Beanitos About Us Page

I am sold.  I am usually not able to give a “snack food,” or any food that is not a whole food in the form it’s found in nature (such as a whole vegetable), a huge smile and 2 thumbs up…but in this case I am.  In every way I could think of, these are a great food choice.  The ingredients are great (and minimal), the nutrition value is great, the taste is great.  Here’s a breakdown:

Ingredients: Whole food ingredients used, including beans, brown rice, flaxseeds, etc.  Minimal amounts of ingredients used, even in flavored varieties. No colorings or “chemical flavors.” AWESOME.

Potential improvement: Why not use flaxseeds in all varieties?

Nutrition Value: Anytime you get 5 grams of fiber, from foods such as beans, in one small serving of a “snack food,” you’ve generally got a winner.  What’s more, you also get protein!  And ALA omega-3s (in the flax variety – again, why not in all varieties?)!  I search for snacks that I can give my kids, on the go, that contain both healthy carbs and protein, and they are few and far between.  For someone trying to lose weight, you’d still want to watch portions as these do contain calories and carbohydrates, and taste good enough that it’s hard to stop eating them.  However, this is true of most any food.  These are also super low glycemic index, which is beneficial to everyone.

Taste: Yum.  These are good.  My 2-year-old, 4-year-old, and husband (all picky eaters) love them.  In fact, these three males are usually my guinea pigs for all kinds of “Nutritionist-food attempts,” so even the 2-year-old is suspicious when I hand over a new snack.  And they all wanted more!

Only drawback: – and this is a half-hearted one at that – I’m not sure I buy the “beans without gas.” I was definitely a little gassy after every occasion of eating these, even just one serving.  And, I’m a 50% Latina who grew up eating beans, and eats 40+ grams of fiber per day, so my system generally digests fiber and beans without an issue.  HOWEVER, I do consider some gas to be simply part of a healthy diet.  It shows that there’s healthy bacteria in your gut, and your gut cells are being fed as they ferment the fiber and produce gas – this is a good thing, no matter what’s politically correct.  And, there is the potential that extra gas is caused by this just being a new food to me OR another food in my diet caused it.

Either way, it’s not a real drawback to me considering the healthfulness of the food.

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