Chewsday Review- Mission Original Tortilla Strips

Two brands of Lentil Chips have got the thumbs down in past Chewsday reviews, but what about Tortilla Chips? Are they any better? Or just another pretend healthy chip? Let’s see…

🔶Ingredients:
🔹Yellow corn flour (76%), vegetable oil, water, salt
🔹Common allergens include: nil (although label states that milk may be present)
🔶The positives:
🔹Saturated fat is just within healthy guidelines and is less than most chip brands out there (four times less than some corn chips).
🔹Contain a reasonable amount of fibre. A 45g serving provides enough fibre to meet 21% of a toddler’s daily fibre requirements and 16% of a preschoolers daily fibre requirements. That’s pretty decent.
🔹Sodium content is WITHIN healthy guidelines. I’m pretty shocked by this. It’s about 6 times less than most potato chips and 10 times less than the lentil chips! It’s also half that of the white corn tortilla chips by the same manufacturers!
🔹Sugar content well within healthy guidelines (which I’d expect).
🔶The negatives:
🔹Total fat is almost triple the recommended guidelines at 28.4g/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 vegetable oil.
🔶The marketing:
🔹“No additives or preservatives”. Yep, fine.
🔹“No gluten.” If you or your child has coeliac disease then this is important, but it doesn’t make it any healthier for anyone else.
🔹“Will liven up any snack, salsa or dip” I’ll have to take their word for this one!
🔶The alternatives:
🔹These Tortilla Chips are pretty impressive really. 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.
About Mealtime Building Blocks
Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their websiteand sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page. You can also email them.

I'm a paediatric dietitian working primarily with kids who find mealtimes difficult, or are considered 'fussy eaters'. I've spent 10 years working on a government funded Mealtime Management Team and I've just branched out on my own. I love the specialty area of mealtime difficulties. My blog is based on key questions that parents ask about childhood nutrition, feeding kids and managing fussy or picky eating.


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