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Terra chips deliciousness = evil sabotage of my paleo ways?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 02, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I'm on day 11 of the whole 30, and doing great, feeling great, not really craving anything, etc. Then yesterday I was famished on the way home from work, popped in the supermarket near my bus stop and made an awesome vs. dangerous discovery. I ate pretty much a whole bag of this deliciousness on my walk home:

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Ingredients are listed as: A seasonal mix of root vegetables (sweet potato, parsnip, batata, taro, yuca), canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil, beet juice concentrate (for color), salt

Obviously it was carbtastic, and the seed oils weren't helping the old omega 3: omega 6 ratio.

But as a splurge once in a while... what do you all think?

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

There really aren't a lot of problems (supposed or otherwise) from eating root vegetables (in moderation). The commenter was suggesting that fish oil could somewhat help to rebalance the O3:O6 ratio that was upset by the canola oil. Stop. Think. (before you comment)

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 19, 2012
at 04:39 PM

If you thinly slice a good sized sweet potato and make your own chips, you'll wind up with more chips than you find in one of those bags. The oil they use is not optimal, but one could do much worse in terms of a crispy chip-type treat. People regularly eat as much sweet potato in one sitting with a meal. I like to fry them in lard or coconut oil, or a mix of the two. Now they are totally paleo. (As long as you're okay with frying...it's always something!)

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 31, 2012
at 08:22 PM

There really aren't a lot of problems (supposed or otherwise) from eating root vegetables (in moderation). The commenter was suggesting that fish oil could somewhat help to rebalance the O3:O6 ratio that was upset by the canola oil. Stop. Think.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 31, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Extra fish oil cap is truly ridiculous recommendation. Fish caps are not pills for acute treatment like NSAIDs. Really silly. You're fine with eating the chips but don't fool yourself into thinking you can take a capsule Of oil pressed from fish to ameliorate some supposed problem from eating root veg!? Stop. Think.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 31, 2012
at 07:08 PM

You put a bag of chips back cuz it had whey in it? Cart for the horses, no? They're just pieces of root veg fried in some oil, not goin to be an issue.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on June 11, 2012
at 05:47 PM

they should make a baked version with coconut oil for us orthorexics

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on June 03, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Whatever floats your boat—those would probably appeal to me more than regular chips at this point, too. As long as you recognize that it's a cheat, enjoy it!

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:24 PM

whoa. could you taste the avocado-iness? no white potatoes for me for another 18 days or so, but I'll bear this in mind for "some day"

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:23 PM

whaaaat??? I've seen that brand, no idea about the lard... interesting!

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:22 PM

No potatoes in there, my friend. And although I'm a cheapskate and didn't buy the whole30 ebook, based on the free guidance on their website, I don't see any specific forbidding of vegetable oils (though maybe I missed it?). I never eat them anyway, since I was primal/paleo pre-whole30, and am sold on the risks of PUFAs -- coconut oil, pastured butter (ghee while on whole30) & olive oil for me 99.9% of the time (+ fish oil capsules).

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Thanks! Good advice!

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Good point. I was trying really hard *not* to cheat, and actually was not tempted at all by all the hardcore cheats available in the supermarket. I really think I was craving the sweetness of the root veggies more than the saltiness/fried-ness. But buying a raw beet to munch like an apple on the walk home did not appeal.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Thanks! I <3 kale chips. Never tried the Himalyan pink salt -- is it really all that?

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I think I will try homemade ones sometime, thanks for the tips! The thing was not so much a craving for chips, as a craving for FOOD RIGHT NOW, and there it was, attractively packaged and calling out to me. Obviously I need to carry some healthy snacks for such future emergencies.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Oh I looked at the Mediterranean kind, believe me -- has whey in it though, verboten on the whole30, so I put 'em back on the shelf.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 03, 2012
at 12:00 PM

interesting. i looked them up. looks like they are these: http://www.vitacost.com/good-health-inc-kettle-style-avocado-oil-potato-chips apparently they also make olive oil version.

Bbd349fe334481d99c091333b87cacb5

(346)

on June 03, 2012
at 04:19 AM

Have you ever had the Mediterranean kind? To die for! This is the least helpful comment ever, sorry! Hahah

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on June 03, 2012
at 02:41 AM

yeah but conventionally raised lard is still full of toxins.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 02, 2012
at 10:38 PM

For sure super easy! I thinly slice Japanese sweet potato, put on parchment paper, then on a low rimmed baking sheet. Maybe.. 375 degrees? Keeping an eye on them when they start turning a nice brown I flip. Sometimes I use duck fat, sometimes no fat at all. Seasonings are all over the place as you can do anything ::whispers:: curry and sea salt is yum so are baking spices :)

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14 Answers

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1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on June 02, 2012
at 08:52 PM

The canola/safflower/sunflower/frankenstein n-6 oil is way less than optimal, but should you desire to eat sweet potato/parsnip/batata/taro/yucca chips, why not try making them yourself at home? It's really easy, I promise.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on June 02, 2012
at 10:38 PM

For sure super easy! I thinly slice Japanese sweet potato, put on parchment paper, then on a low rimmed baking sheet. Maybe.. 375 degrees? Keeping an eye on them when they start turning a nice brown I flip. Sometimes I use duck fat, sometimes no fat at all. Seasonings are all over the place as you can do anything ::whispers:: curry and sea salt is yum so are baking spices :)

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I think I will try homemade ones sometime, thanks for the tips! The thing was not so much a craving for chips, as a craving for FOOD RIGHT NOW, and there it was, attractively packaged and calling out to me. Obviously I need to carry some healthy snacks for such future emergencies.

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on June 02, 2012
at 08:56 PM

If you're going to cheat, go all the way. IMHO, justifying something as paleo-ish only going to encourage you to eat them more often than a recognized cheat food. You're not really doing yourself any favors eating those over regular chips.

There are a few semi-paleo chips (TJ's makes one fried in olive oil instead of seed oil), but like Potato Avenger said, why not just get slicing and fry your own chips in beef tallow or coconut oil? Still a calorie-fest, but not a PUFA-filled one.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Good point. I was trying really hard *not* to cheat, and actually was not tempted at all by all the hardcore cheats available in the supermarket. I really think I was craving the sweetness of the root veggies more than the saltiness/fried-ness. But buying a raw beet to munch like an apple on the walk home did not appeal.

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on June 03, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Whatever floats your boat—those would probably appeal to me more than regular chips at this point, too. As long as you recognize that it's a cheat, enjoy it!

3
246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 03, 2012
at 12:49 AM

I found a a brand of white potato chips, kettle-fried in avocado oil. Sadly, there were no survivors.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:24 PM

whoa. could you taste the avocado-iness? no white potatoes for me for another 18 days or so, but I'll bear this in mind for "some day"

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 03, 2012
at 12:00 PM

interesting. i looked them up. looks like they are these: http://www.vitacost.com/good-health-inc-kettle-style-avocado-oil-potato-chips apparently they also make olive oil version.

3
Ca2cf8456aff92d550fe09f0a40fac98

on June 02, 2012
at 09:23 PM

These Chips are my kryptonite as well. They are ridiculously good. It is hard not to eat the whole bag. I think as long as you only eat them occasionally you should be alright. In the meantime, Kale chips with Himalayan pink salt and vinegar. Bamn.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Thanks! I <3 kale chips. Never tried the Himalyan pink salt -- is it really all that?

2
3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

on June 03, 2012
at 02:43 AM

Take an extra fish oil cap, and brush it off. The worst thing you can do after a binge is stress yourself out about it. Stress is an even bigger cause of inflamation and disease than the occasional splurge. Your body will recover as long as you don't do it too often. If you want to learn more about the stress-disease link you should read "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" I am in the middle of it right now.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Thanks! Good advice!

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

There really aren't a lot of problems (supposed or otherwise) from eating root vegetables (in moderation). The commenter was suggesting that fish oil could somewhat help to rebalance the O3:O6 ratio that was upset by the canola oil. Stop. Think. (before you comment)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 31, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Extra fish oil cap is truly ridiculous recommendation. Fish caps are not pills for acute treatment like NSAIDs. Really silly. You're fine with eating the chips but don't fool yourself into thinking you can take a capsule Of oil pressed from fish to ameliorate some supposed problem from eating root veg!? Stop. Think.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 31, 2012
at 08:22 PM

There really aren't a lot of problems (supposed or otherwise) from eating root vegetables (in moderation). The commenter was suggesting that fish oil could somewhat help to rebalance the O3:O6 ratio that was upset by the canola oil. Stop. Think.

2
321631b2e3931f601d2e9b1918b18ab4

on June 03, 2012
at 01:00 AM

I like Grandma UTZ Homecooked Potato chips - ingredients: potatos, fried in lard, salt....

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on June 03, 2012
at 02:41 AM

yeah but conventionally raised lard is still full of toxins.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:23 PM

whaaaat??? I've seen that brand, no idea about the lard... interesting!

0
9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on March 26, 2014
at 11:19 PM

Super-crunchy and delicious foods are usually unnatural, but we (humans) seem to crave them like crazy. I try to avoid all things like this. Of course they are scientifically designed to be delicious and not very filling so it's almost impossible to stop eating them. Unfortunately I'd skip them except as an occasional indulgence.

0
3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on March 26, 2014
at 11:08 PM

Hate to be a party pooper but . . .

The bottom line is that these are NOT Whole 30 compliant, so if you're really going to do a Whole 30 and get the benefit of your effort, it has to be without these chips (I'm not saying you have to beat yourself up for ONE lapse, but now you know).

Whether you want to eat these chips occasionally when you're not on Whole 30 is up to you (it's up to you during Whole 30, too, but it's not really fair to claim you're on Whole 30 when you're really not--see "Faileo Diet").

It would make a lot more sense to be asking what are acceptable, Whole 30 compliant snacks if you're ever in that predicament again, instead of trying to get "permission" for this lapse.

0
01bcaa2058567a3fb93acf75766d7db0

on March 26, 2014
at 02:30 AM

This is so funny! I am only on day 4 of my Whole60 and I also was ravenous and passing a supermarket and went in and picked up these delicious Terra chips which are Whole30 "okay". I ate the whole bag in one sitting! I have decided that it is now forbidden for me for the rest of the Whole60 because of my lack of self-control. I can make my own sweet potato fries on occasion. That is my plan and I am sticking to it. :)

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Cac6f5e10bc31daec7b701ffa2f1b428

on August 19, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Terra-chips are pure evil... I can consume an entire bag in a sitting.. so much for my Paleo.... Glad to see I am not the only one... And kale doesn't agree with my tummy -- so those "chips" are out.... Off to search some more recipes...

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 19, 2012
at 04:39 PM

If you thinly slice a good sized sweet potato and make your own chips, you'll wind up with more chips than you find in one of those bags. The oil they use is not optimal, but one could do much worse in terms of a crispy chip-type treat. People regularly eat as much sweet potato in one sitting with a meal. I like to fry them in lard or coconut oil, or a mix of the two. Now they are totally paleo. (As long as you're okay with frying...it's always something!)

0
F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on August 14, 2012
at 04:24 PM

I have lately started relying on these as my carbs for lunch (I put them on my salad) but I know they are not Paleo, so I wrote to Terra Chips and explained our predicament and asked them to make a version in some other acceptable oil. But one email is not enough so please all of you, write to them as well!

http://www.terrachips.com/about-terra-chips/contact-us

0
050123e7e9761c5e02726b6f6108a3cf

on July 31, 2012
at 06:32 PM

so bottom line are these good for you or what need real answers people asap

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on June 11, 2012
at 05:47 PM

they make blue potato ones now................:/!

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on June 11, 2012
at 05:47 PM

they should make a baked version with coconut oil for us orthorexics

0
01adafcb4dd4147c6af543f61eee60a8

on June 03, 2012
at 10:48 AM

So you have ruined your whole 30 plan for vegetable oil drenched potato chips?

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 03, 2012
at 04:22 PM

No potatoes in there, my friend. And although I'm a cheapskate and didn't buy the whole30 ebook, based on the free guidance on their website, I don't see any specific forbidding of vegetable oils (though maybe I missed it?). I never eat them anyway, since I was primal/paleo pre-whole30, and am sold on the risks of PUFAs -- coconut oil, pastured butter (ghee while on whole30) & olive oil for me 99.9% of the time (+ fish oil capsules).

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