Michael Pollan: you are “processed corn, walking.” Enter Beanitos chips.

Via elephant journal
on Mar 28, 2010
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Gluten-free, Corn-free Beanitos Chips

I just ate four bags of Beanitos. Not all at once—I spaced out my enthusiastic eco bachelor excess with at least one or two five minute breaks in between.

They’re yummy. They’re gluten-free, full of fiber and omega 3s. None of which I know anything about, but vaguely realize are good for me and very good for others. They’re not, sadly, organic. Most singularly, Beanitos—unlike the meat, milk, corn syrup and corn products themsleves—aren’t corn-based.

Look at your average grocery store, now: just about everything is made out of corn, or was fed corn, or is sweetened with corn. Apparently, 60% of our diet is corn-based.

Given that, I’ll be making a switch of at least 60% of my chips (and I eat a lot of chips) to Beanitos.

Disclaimer: elephant received lots of Beanitos, free. We’re happy to receive more, free, at any time.

More info, from Beanitos’ web site:

Corn  Free
Beanitos™ Black Bean Chips and Beanitos™ Pinto Bean and Flax Chips are the only bean chips that are 100% corn free! Yes, we said absolutely no corn! Distinctively delicious with a crispy crunch, we thought it was high time to kick the corn and make chips that taste great and actually have some nutritional value! Wow, what a concept!

You see, corn is cheap, and it’s used to make ethanol gas for cars, to get cows fat, and as an ingredient in over 4000 products in your local supermarket! It’s not hard to understand then, why major university research indicates that the typical Western diet consists of over 60% corn! Hmmm, let’s break that down: Cows are fed corn to get fat and our diets are mostly corn; so could it be that cutting back on corn and eating Beanitos might help you manage your waistline? We think so.

Low Glycemic
Beanitos are lab tested and certified to be low glycemic! Beanitos Black Bean Chips have a GI of 33 and GL of 3.  Beanitos Pinto Bean and Flax Chips have a GI of 44 and a GL of 4.Those other guys who make corn and potato chips don’t bother to test, because they know their chips aren’t low glycemic!

Gluten Free
Rest assured, all Beanitos Bean Chips are always Gluten Free! Wheat Free and Soy Free, too!

High  Fiber
Fiber makes you feel full, and Beanitos Bean Chips have more fiber in a single serving than some chips have in a whole bag! Compare the fiber in Beanitos to the fiber in corn and potato chips and you’ll see the only thing those other chips are high in is empty calories!

A complete protein supplies essential amino acids, our bodies’ building blocks. Beanitos have 2½ times the protein of corn and potato chips– and theirs is not ‘complete’ protein.

Omega 3s
Ounce for ounce, Beanitos Black Bean Chips (600mg) and Beanitos Pinto Bean and Flax Chips (1200mg) are a great source for Omega 3s!  Among its many benefits, Omega 3s may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by reducing inflammation and artery plaque, and lowering triglycerides and hypertension.

Beans Without Gas??
It’s true! We created a unique, natural and proprietary way to make Beanitos without the common side effects some people associate with eating beans. But remember, Beanitos are high in fiber. So don’t eat a whole bag full of Beanitos the first time you switch!


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15 Responses to “Michael Pollan: you are “processed corn, walking.” Enter Beanitos chips.”

  1. Alright, I'll chow down a couple bags and feel eco- and health- conscious about it.

    As for the Michael Pollan quote in the title, gotta admit, I've never quite gotten the logic of the "you are what you eat" arguments for not eating certain things. I mean, is identifying myself as organic bean product really that much better for my self-esteem than identifying myself as processed corn? Would I really rather be a vegetable than an animal? A stalk of broccoli than a chocolate cupcake?

  2. VCM says:

    processed corn is bad…so go eat processed beans?!?! just eat whole beans then!

  3. I dunno. You realize that Michael Pollan's strongest recommendation is "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food when she was a kid".

    Bob Weisenberg

  4. Liz the aunt says:

    @ Bob: My grandmother, Waylon's great-grandmother, ate things cooked in rendered chicken fat. She had such clogged arteries that she was constantly creating little explosions in them with nitrogylcerin in a vane (vein?) attempt to not die. That's probably not a good model for healthy living. Michael Pollan may want to amend his statement to include only grandmas who grew up on farms? :0)

  5. Good point, Liz. I always wondered about that recommendation. I'm sure Pollan must clarify it in things I haven't read yet. I only have an overview of his work.

  6. Uh, yeah. Processed corn isn't good for you. Or our planet. And it's a silly use of our tax dollars, my pa would say.

  7. Uh…whole beans make good chips, do they?

  8. Grandma loved her nachos, manh.

  9. He does. He's verrrry specific. His point above was basically that, as VCM above pointed out, processed food is not so great for our health.

  10. Andrew Armiger says:

    Are the beans conventional or GMO? It seems that organic corn chips might be a better health/ecological choice than conventional bean chips, and certainly better than GMO bean chips. Also, there is a difference between organic corn and commodity crop corn used for HFCS and other various corn-based filler and additives.

  11. Jackie says:

    I did a bit of research on the Beanitos website. I didn’t find any information about GMO’s, but I called and spoke with someone named Mike. He claimed that they did use non-GMO ingredients and do start with whole natural beans. I’d like to be the judge but they don’t have any stores that carry them yet in Kansas City. So until they do, I guess we will just have to wait and see. . .

  12. Mike says:

    Andrew, they are all natural beans. We never use GMO's or ingredients your granny can't spell ;). You can always check out our nutritionals online at <a href="http://www.beanitos.com” target=”_blank”>www.beanitos.com or feel free to give us a call too. Thanks again for all your support! Cheers!

  13. Mike says:

    Jackie, thanks again for the call, and we are not yet in Kansas City, but you can always purchase online through our website. We appreciate your support and can't wait for you to try Beanitos! We are working on new flavors and a baked version too. Cheers!

  14. Mike says:

    @ Elephant Journal – Thanks for all your support too!

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