Chewsday Review- Coles Puffed Corn Chips

There’s been a lot of ‘chip’ style products featured in past Chewsday reviews, but the market is continually being flooded with new brands. Today’s review features Coles Puffed Corn Chips with sorghum, quinoa, chia and sea salt. Are they any better? Or just another pretend healthy chip? Let’s see…


🔹Corn grits (68%), sorghum (18%), sunflower oil, quinoa (3%), chia (2.5%), sea salt

🔹Common allergens include: nil (although label states that milk may be present).

🔹Sorghum is an ancient African wholegrain and is naturally gluten free.

🔹Grits are basically dried corn ground into smaller pieces.

🔶The positives:

🔹Saturated fat is within healthy guidelines at 2.2g/100g and is less than most chip brands out there (five times less than some corn chips- I’m looking at you Doritos).

🔹Sodium content is WITHIN healthy guidelines. I’m pretty shocked by this. It’s about 3 times less than plain corn chips, 4 times less than most potato chips and 8 times less than the lentil chips!

🔹Sugar content is negligible and so well within healthy guidelines (which I’d expect).

🔶The negatives:

🔹I’d expect this chip to contain a bit more fibre than it does. A 28g serving provides less than 1g, which is equivalent to other corn chips. Mission Tortilla strips provide more.

🔹Total fat is more than double the recommended guidelines at 25g/100g. This isn’t something I’m hugely concerned about given then saturated fat (the bad fat) is not excessive. This fat content comes mostly from the sunflower oil, which is a good choice of oil.

🔶The marketing:

🔹“With sorghum, quinoa and chia.” Yep, fine but there’s not a lot of quinoa or chia. A 28g serving provides 0.8g of quinoa and 0.7g chia.

🔹“Gluten free.” If you or your child has coeliac disease then this is important, but it doesn’t make it any healthier for anyone else.

🔹“No artificial colours and flavours” True.

🔶The alternatives:

🔹These Puffed Corn Chips are a good alternative for Doritos or other salty chips. They have low saturated fat content and a low salt content, which I’m pretty pleased about. If you’ve got a particularly resistant eater who likes plain, white crunchy foods then these might be worth a shot! They’d also make a good base for homemade nachos.


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