(NaturalNews) A deliciously nutritious snack food, Beanitos Bean Chips, proudly displays the non-GMO tested seal on its colorful bags of assorted bean chips. In addition to proudly displaying this label, Bean Brand Foods, the maker of Beanitos, has gone an extra mile to avoid potential GMO contaminated foods.
So far, beans are beyond GMO contamination because there are no genetically modified bean fields. This is not so with corn, wheat, or soy products. Even the organic label cannot fully guarantee there is no contamination of those organic crops from GM crop fields in the same region.
Fortunately, none of those foods are part of the ingredient mix for Beanitos, and neither is Canola oil. They use only pure sunflower or safflower oils without trans fats for their chips.
This mix of ingredients makes it easier for the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit NGO, to certify Beanitos as Non-GMO with its green plant and butterfly label logo. With all the problems trying to get GMO labeling legislated, at least we now have non-GMO labeling available. The Non-GMO labeling site is linked in the sources below.
Doug Foreman is the innovator of Beanitos, which started appearing in health food stores nationally early in 2010. He intends to market Beanitos internationally soon. He is the CEO and co-founder of Bean Brand Foods, along with his co-founding brother Dave. Bean Brand Foods is based in Austin, Texas.
Doug decided on black and pinto beans for his Beanitos chips. In addition to being accessible in Texas, they have low glycemic index values that keep your blood sugar levels down. Beanitos are even certified low glycemic. But they are high in fiber, much higher than all other chips, and contain lots of plant protein and omega-3. There is also rice used in making the chips.
So there you have it, beans and rice, one of the most nutritious combinations available for vegetarians. Pretty darned healthy for a snack food. But how do they taste?
They are crunchy and delicious, with just enough sea salt to tastefully season the chips without overpowering them. Best tasting chips this author has tried during his 60 plus years. Even better, there is no strange aftertaste or weird gastrointestinal reaction.
Most chips are seasoned with taste enhancers that make you eat too many. Actually, the high fiber content of Beanitos makes you feel fuller faster. And the chips are strong enough to dip into thick guacamole with abandon.
About the founders
Doug and his brother Dave have been involved with the food industry for several years. In the late 1980s, Doug developed the "Guiltless Gourmet" line of low fat baked tortilla chips from his restaurant with only $200 of startup capital.
He expanded from health food stores to everywhere that sells groceries and wound up with a multi-million dollar business, which he sold to Barq's Root Beer in 1994.
More importantly than being a successful entrepreneur, Doug is a principled one. He developed "Guiltless Gourmet" chips out of his desire to eat snack food and still lose weight. Now he is part of the anti-GMO movement. Unlike many others in the food industry, he is aware of real health issues, and he understands the health benefits of what he makes.
Doug Foreman appeared in Mike Adams' video collage of the No GMO demonstration on the Texas State Capitol steps early October, 2010, where Doug expressed his concerns for the abundance of GMO corn.
Caveat Two of the four types of Beanito chips contain torula yeast, which some consider a variation of yeast extract that disguises free glutamate or glutamic acid. If a taste enhancer contains less than 70% glutamic acid, it doesn't need to say MSG, even though glutamates are the essence of MSG.
This author sampled one of their torula yeast-free chip products that doesn't contain torula yeast: the Beanito Black Bean chips. That's why there was no weird aftertaste or uncontrollable compulsion to eat more. The other torula-free chip is their Pinto Bean and Flax chips.