Healthy Coconut Chips?

“Our toasted coconut chips are a delicious snack that provides loads of energy,” says the Dang Toasted Coconut Chips Web site.

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Don’t get too excited. “Energy” on a food label just means “calories.” And if you down the whole 1.4 oz. bag (just three-quarters of a cup) of the regular or Caramel Sea Salt variety, you’ll get around 230 of them, plus 14 grams of saturated fat (three-quarters of a day’s worth), 3 teaspoons of added sugar, and 230 milligrams of sodium. (The label lists half a bag as a serving. Pretty sneaky.)

Why snack on coconut chips when almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and other nuts typically have more vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, copper, protein, and the unsaturated fats that protect the heart? And nuts taste great (especially toasted), with no need for added salt or sugar.

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