[This product was reviewed by Annsley Klehr, NFCA volunteer and Owner of Gluten Freedoms, LLC, a gluten-free life coaching and consulting company.]
Have you been having cravings for potato chips, but aren’t sure if they’re cross-contaminated? If so, your days of worrying are over! Good Health Natural Foods, Inc. has come out with several lines of chips that have been tested, certified gluten-free, and are produced in a gluten-free facility. Once I heard about these new chips on the market, I had to get my hands on them.
Francois Bogrand, a French ex-patriot who had emigrated to the U.S., founded Good Health Natural Foods, Inc. in 1992. Bogrand was initially interested in bringing French food products to the States, and in doing so, he realized the health food market industry had room for exploration. In 2000, Good Health Natural Foods introduced their first potato chip cooked solely in olive oil, and following that they released a body care line. In 2004, they began introducing chips cooked in avocado oil. Milestone Partners, a Philadelphia-based group, bought the company in 2004 and continues to maintain its integrity in the health food industry.
I can’t say enough about how well their website is organized and was impressed with its fully detailed information about allergens, nutrition, and ingredients. It made me feel comfortable sampling and reviewing their products. Of their line of 12 gluten-free products, eight of them are gluten-free and manufactured in a gluten-free facility, and four do not contain gluten ingredients, but have the potential for cross-contamination. I sampled three of their products, which are all processed in gluten-free and nut-free facilities – Avocado Oil Potato Chips Sea Salt, Glories Sweet Potato Chips Original and Avocado Oil Potato Chips Barcelona Barbecue.
I got a group of gluten-eating friends together to do a bit of sampling. I would say that of the three, the top choice was the Avocado Oil Potato Chips with Sea Salt. We agreed that the crunch was super satisfying and the medium thickness of the chips allowed them to hold together with every bite. We couldn’t just stop eating after one chip and proceeded to devour the bag. I personally liked that they were a bit oily, especially since I knew the oil was such a healthy one; it added a bit of authenticity. The chips just had that all-American potato chip flavor. According to Good Health Natural Foods website, these chips contain 30% less fat than traditionally cooked chips.
We found multiple uses for the Avocado Oil Potato Chips. We thought you might try them:
The next chips we tasted were Glories Sweet Potato Original, which certainly have a lot going for them. They have no trans fats, are low sodium, GMO free, and gluten-free. Upon first bite, we found them not greasy, with a pleasantly sweet, fresh, healthy taste to them (and not a salty one). The crunch to these chips was quite hearty. They grew on us as we ate them, and by the time we were done, so were the chips!
As we continued to eat the bag, we noticed the chips in the bottom were quite a bit saltier, so it appeared as though the seasoning was not evenly distributed. We recommend gently shaking the bag before consumption. We also thought they might go well dipped in hummus.
The last chip we tasted was the Avocado Oil Potato Chip, Barcelona Barbecue style. We thought these to have the best crunch of the lot and had a heavy garlicky flavor, which is great if you like garlic. We found the chips with the most flavor to reside in the bottom of the bag, so we would again recommend gently shaking them up before eating. Though we still ate them all, the consensus was that these chips needed a bit more spice to give them a true BBQ kick.
All in all, we still enjoyed our experience, and I was tickled pink to find gluten-free chips that I could eat and keep eating! I want to thank the team at Good Health Natural Foods, Inc. for sending me their samples and allowing me to review their products. I can’t wait to go eat my gluten-free sandwich and chips now!
Owner, Gluten Freedoms, LLC