May 9, 2013

Kettle Brand Chips – Gluten-Free and NonGMO


If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll start to realize that I am all about real, whole foods. It’s even in my logo – “real food recipes”. I love knowing my recipes are nourishing. I’m a proponent of eating local, organic, sustainable food when we can. I’m also most definitely not a fan of genetically modified foods.

I’m also no stranger to treats. I do eat sugar sometimes. I make gluten-free Ding Dongs, I make cookies, and I even fry things on a rare occasion. I’m a big believer that the only way to really keep a happy, healthy relationship with food is to allow yourself treats. Most of my treats I make myself, and they often are healthier version, but sometimes, a store-bought treat is needed.

That doesn’t mean I am left with only junk to eat though! Kettle Brand Chips are made with real, all-natural ingredients. They’re also the first potato chip to be verified by the NonGMO Project. While I would never go so far as to say that this qualifies potato chips as “health” food, it’s a treat I can definitely feel more comfortable with. Combine that with the fact that Kettle Chips are super-crunchy and delicious (I’ve long been a fan of Kettle Chips!), and I think that if I am looking for a little salty treat, I can reach for something like these.

Kettle Brand Potato Chips are also all gluten-free and processed in a gluten-free environment. (Their TIAS chips are gluten-free as well, but processed in a facility that makes gluten-containing products. Same with their nut butters.) I appreciate that they disclose this information, as it helps consumers like me make an informed decision. They also have been using non-GMO ingredients since they were founded in 1978. They have chips that are verified by the NonGMO Project. I’m glad that they are taking the steps necessary for this verification. I truly believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms – and amglad to see companies such as Kettle Brand Chips getting on board.

What are GMOs? GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, there are restrictions or bans on GMOs. For more info on GMOs, check out The NonGMO Project.

Of course, I’ll continue to eat (and share!) real-food recipes – that’s the way we live from day to day. But for special events or treats – for example, for a crawfish boil/barbecue party we’ll be hosting soon – I’ll have store-bought treats available as well. Kettle Brand Chips are definitely on that list!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kettle Brand. The opinions and text are all mine.

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