Monday, August 18, 2014

Food Should Taste Good

On August 6, 2014, I came home to a big brown package on my doorstep.

Upon opening the package, and inspecting its content, I was happy to discover that I had been "chipped" by Food Should Taste Good.

For those of you who are not familiar with this company, I will be happy to provide you some background.

Food Should Taste Good, or FSTG, is a company based out of Waltham, Massachusetts, the company's founder, Pete Lescoe, created a variety of chips using natural ingredients. The year was 2006.

In 2007, founder Pete Lescoe earned a space on grocery store shelves, with his first two creations: Multigrain, and Jalapeño. 

Since those two flavors hit the shelves, many others have been created. Some of my favorites include the guacamole and cinnamon flavors.

As a type 1 diabetic, I had previously been advised by my endocrinologist to eat a gluten-free diet. As you know, many gluten-free items are expensive, plus they don't taste the greatest (to me).

My prayers have been answered! These chips are delightful. They taste as if they just came out of the oven or frier—taste is not compromised here. You don't get the, "I'm-So-Thirsty" feeling while eating these, either (think salt).

Let's start with the jalapeño flavor. You have your basic tortilla chip shape, and you get the saltiness that you would expect from such a chip. But with the jalapeño flavor, you get the sharpness of the heat, plus you know what you're eating is good for you—look at that texture! The chip pictured on the bag, looks exactly like what you're going to eat. And all those flax seeds! They give it an edge; Anyone who has ever tasted flax seed, I'm sure, is aware of the nutty flavor that you taste. These Jalapeño chips are great alone, or with fresh salsa. 

The multigrain tortilla chips are another delicious flavor. They aren't dry, by any means. The chip literally melts in your mouth. I loved eating these with a spreadable cheese (like Gouda), or fresh, homemade salsa.

The guacamole chips were pretty good. I was a little nervous about the flavor, but it really did taste like guacamole. The spices on it lingered in my mouth, even after the bag had been finished. Out of all 4 flavors, this was probably number 4. That's not to say I would never eat them or buy them again, though. 

Oh, man. Sweet potato chips. Lord, have mercy. These chips were the best. I ate the whole bag in one sitting—you don't even have to accompany them with dip or salsa, they speak for themselves. My little brother got a taste, and he loved them. He isn't exactly sure what "gluten free" means, but he said he would buy them on his own, without knowing their nutritional value. 

I did an experiment of my own with these chips vs. Tostitos. My blood sugars after the Food Should Taste Good brand were right where they should be, meaning I was within range. The gluten-free chips did no damage to my blood sugars. I didn't feel sleepy or like I had a high blood sugar during my post-prandial glucose levels. 

However, eating the well-known tortilla chips (Tostitos), I felt so thirsty during and after the taste test. The ingredients state that, while they may appear to be gluten-free, they still contain "some wheat." 

My blood sugars after the Tostitos brand were catastrophic. I was running between 208-254 mg/dL, two hours after eating them. 

And that, my diabetic friends, is enough evidence for me. 

I will only ever eat the FSTG brand when it comes to snack chips. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get to your nearest grocery shelves and find the Food Should Taste Good label!