Monday 19 March 2018

Taste test Crisp alternatives

Katy McGuinness

Cheese and onion, salt and vinegar, or just plain ready salted, we Irish love our crisps. Tayto Cheese and Onion crisps have 526 calories, 34g of fat, 1.8g of sugar and 1.4g of salt per 100g. Are the 'healthy' alternatives offering crunch in a packet any better for us? And how do they taste?

Inspiral Crispy Purple Corn Kale Chips, 30g, €3.75, 9/10

These air-dried green kale leaves are coated with a cheesy-tasting crunchy cashew sauce with purple corn - and they're gluten-free and suitable for vegans. 501 calories, 33.9g fat, 4.5g sugar and 1.14g of salt per 100g. Delicious flavour and good texture; our testers loved them.

Go Pure Vegetable Chips, 90g, €3.20, 8/10

These organic vegetable chips are made in Holland and are a mixture of parsnip, carrot, beetroot and sweet potato. Similar nutritional content to Tyrrell's Swanky Veg chips, with 493 calories, 39g fat, 27g sugar and 1g of salt per 100g. Our testers gave them the edge over the Tyrrell's version.

Natasha's Kale Crunchies, 15g, €1.50, 7/10

We opted for the Spicy Tomato flavour. The air-dried kale is seasoned with sprouted sunflower seeds. 462 calories, 31.4g fat, 4.6g sugar and a hefty 3.4g salt per 100g. Pretty good, and bonus points for being Irish.

Tyrrell's Swanky Veg, 125g, €6.49, 7/10

We chose the Orange Sweet Potato, Golden Beetroot, Carrot & Parsnip Crisps. There are 507 calories, 35.4g of fat, 22.7g of sugar and a modest .5g of salt per 100g. They look pretty and taste good, if a little greasy.

Eat Real Hummus Chips, 45g, €1.45, 5/10

We tried the sea salt flavour. 449 calories, 17g fat, 2.2g of sugar and 1.98g salt per 100g make these chickpea chips a better choice for those wanting to limit fat and carbs. Gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Bland enough, but crunchy.

Irish Independent

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