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Answer: It depends. Sunchips are a snack with various flavors to choose from, so depending on the flavoring, the snacks may contain non-vegan ingredients.
Nowadays we can’t imagine life without snacks to enjoy. Hence snacks became one of the daily life necessities that we can’t help but indulge ourselves in. Food stores are always full of them. All you need to do is choose your favorite ones.
But here comes the main problem for vegans. Is that snack vegan? How can I be sure? And do I have to spend hours upon hours reading and searching up the ingredients to be sure? Because let’s be honest, despite grocery stores introducing more and more vegan-friendly products, it still pales compared to regular product selection.
But can regular products such as Sunchips be vegan too? Yes, they can! Hence I will be discussing one of them – Sunchips and all that they can offer.
Ingredients, Flavors & More
Sunchips brand so far has these flavors (I haven’t included limited edition ones, just the flavors that I have found on their official website): Harvest Cheddar, Organic White Cheddar, Garden Salsa, Organic Garden Salsa, Original, French Onion, Organic Zesty Queso and Sweet Potato With A Hint of Brown Sugar.
What Is The Difference Between Organic And Non-Organic Products?
I believe that knowing the difference between the two is very important.
Organic food is the food that has been grown in a more “old-fashioned” way. Organic food wasn’t grown using hormones, chemicals, pesticides, and wasn’t modified (GMO). Artificial food additives (flavoring, coloring, sugar substitutes such as sweeteners, and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are also indicators of non-organic food.
Yes, this takes way more time and expenses than non-organic production, but what are the pros and cons of organic food? One of the best pros is that organic food is way richer in nutrition than non-organic. It also has way less harmful substances that might negatively affect your health and body later on due to your consuming way too much of it. The best example of consuming too many modified foods would be by becoming overweight or even obese.
The cons of organic food are related to your financial situation and your addiction to artificial food additives. Yes, addiction, because everyone knows how easy it is to get addicted to sweet beverages like Coca-Cola, which is full of things as sweeteners. As for how it impacts your financial situation is easy to answer. Organic food is more expensive to grow due to it taking longer than non-organic.
Now back to the Sunchips, since you already know the difference between organic and non-organic food.
Which Sunchips Flavors Are Vegan?
Yes, only the Original flavor is vegan approved by me.
Because only this flavor does not have any dairy products. All the other flavors include ingredients such as cheese, buttermilk, and milk. Hopefully, they will add more vegan-friendly flavors to choose from in the future.
Sunchips Nutrition Facts
I will include only the Original Sunchips flavor in this paragraph because it’s the only vegan flavor available.
According to its website, Original flavor has:
Serving size: About 16 chips (28g)
% Daily Value*
- Total fat: 6g 8%
- Saturated fat: 0.5g 3%
- Trans fat: 0g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium aka salt: 110mg 5%
- Total carbohydrate: 19g 7%
- Dietary fiber: 2g 9%
- Total sugars: 2g
- Includes added sugars: 2g 3%
- Protein: 2g
- Vitamin D: 0mcg 0%
- Calcium: 10mg 0%
- Iron: 0.6mg 2%
- Potassium: 70mg 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower, depending on your calorie needs.
Now that you have seen the Sunchips nutrition facts, let’s analyze them.
On an average day, nutrition intake for an adult is somewhere in between these numbers:
- Energy: 8,400kJ/2,000kcal
- Total fat: less than 70g
- Saturates: less than 20g
- Carbohydrates aka carbs: at least 260g
- Total sugars: 90g
- Protein: 50g
- Salt: less than 6g
And yes, it does include sugars from such products as fruit and vegetables.
Fat & Saturates In Sunchips
Sunchips do not have a lot of fat compared to other brand chips, but regardless of chips, some fat is a must. After all, we enjoy eating them for their crunchiness, which is made by frying them.
Carbs & Sugars
Carbs are one of the fastest energy givers due to how easily our bodies absorb and convert them to energy. Also, do not forget that carbs are one of the foods which are rich in fiber (whole grain bread, pasta, etc.).
Sadly, Sunchips aren’t rich in protein even though they have a little protein in them.
Unrefined salt contains minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, and more) beneficial to our bodies. It affects muscle cramps and even neurological problems. Of course, too much salt is not good for you either. And Sunchips do not have a lot of it!
Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are very important – they help our bodies function correctly. Sunchips have a little bit of iron in them, needed for blood cell forming.
Are Sunchips A Healthy Snack?
Sunchips are one of the healthier snack options out there. Not only do they have fiber, which brings lots of benefits to our bodies (like promoting a healthy weight & blood sugar control, reducing cholesterol), but they also contain less fat and sugar. Another good thing about them is that they use whole grains, which means they have more vitamins and minerals than average snacks.
But despite them being one of the healthier snacks, it is not a good idea to consume them daily.
No matter how healthy they are, snacks can’t replace our regular meals. But we shouldn’t prevent ourselves from indulging every once in a while and enjoying the crispy goodness.
While Sunchips don’t have a big selection of vegan-friendly snacks to enjoy, I believe that we can look forward to more such flavors in the future. Remember to check out the new product section from time to time to see new tasty vegan treats!