A quick Friday post before the weekend comes!
When I filled up my water bottle this morning in the kitchen at my office, I was greeted by a new office temptation…
I love, Love, LOVE banana chips. The very first job I ever had, when I was 14 years old, was at a fruit market, where I bagged groceries, mopped floors, and fetched carts from the parking lot. Sometimes, on my lunch break, I would buy a container of banana chips, and that’d be my lunch. I’d eat all of them.
The containers at that store didn’t have nutritional information on them, but even if they did, I’m not sure, as a 14-year-old, if I would have looked or paid attention. I thought, like I think many people do, that banana chips were healthy. They’re often displayed in stores near raisins and other dried fruits, and, hey! They’re bananas!
But, contrary to popular belief, banana chips aren’t dried, like the raisins nearby. More often then not, they’re dipped in sugar, honey, or some other sweetener, and then deep-fried. Often in coconut oil. No wonder they taste so good!
They are not very good for you. As this article shows, 1/2 cup of banana chips (about 15 chips) is, nutritionally speaking, comparable to potato chips. And this article says that a lot of the benefits that bananas provide, like potassium and vitamins, are lost in the cooking process, since frying involves oil at very high tempuratures.
You can expect banana chips to pack in around 150 calories and 8 to 10 grams of fat per ounce. How many banana chips are in an ounce? I dunno, but probably not many!
So I’m not going to eat any banana chips today. I won’t do it. Luckily for me, I just happened to bring into work today something that proved to be a very healthy alternative to banana chips…
Keep it up, David!