The Sensible Portions company is just one of a growing number of manufacturers now making “Veggie Straw”, “Veggie Chip” and “Veggie Stick” packaged snack foods. Sensible Portions’ Veggie Sticks are probably the most recognized due their Costco presence – although almost every generic brand has a similar product now.
Despite the name “Veggie” – these snacks are nothing more nutritious than your average potato chip:
- They’re not low in fat – 7 grams of fat per 130 calorie serving
- They’re not low in sodium – about 300 mg sodium per serving
- And they certainly aren’t a good source of fiber – 1 gram per serving
So how can something that is ostensibly a “vegetable” be totally devoid of dietary fiber? Well, the problem lies in the fact that these products are pretty far removed from what was once ever considered a vegetable.
The Ingredient List reads like this: Potato flakes, rice flour, potato starch, yellow corn meal…not much vegetable in these vegetable sticks.
If you want to eat vegetables: eat vegetables. If you’re looking for a salty, fatty potato starch stick – eat them as God intended: as French Fries!