HEALTH

Are Harvest Snaps Really as Healthy as They Claim to Be?

Harvest Snaps are a latest healthy snack food which is recently emerged on the market. They claim to be GMO & gluten-free, and also vegan, with ingredients free of artificial preservatives & colors. The big question is: Are Harvest Snaps Healthy? Here are 5 reasons why they aren’t as healthy as they may seem, and 3 reasons why they are healthy after all.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Genetically modified organisms are living organisms whose genetic materials have been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.

This relatively creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria & virus genes that do not occur in nature or either through traditional crossbreeding. The long-term effects of eating GMO foods are still unknown. There is some evidence linking GMO foods with allergies, illness, infertility, and birth defects.

GMO-free: The U.S Department of Agriculture defines organic food. as any food grown without pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; ionizing radiation; or antibiotics/hormones. Therefore all organic products are GMO-free since they cannot be made using GMOs in the first place.

Gluten.

The short answer is yes – all of the ingredients in Harvest Snaps are naturally gluten-free. And while they don’t contain any wheat, barley, rye, or oats, there are a few sources of potential cross-contamination that you should be aware of.

First, some flavors have soy sauce which can contain gluten.

Second (and this one might come as a surprise), the packaging and production process uses corn starch and soybean oil which may be processed with wheat during manufacturing and handling. That said, if you’re looking for gluten-free snacks these will probably do just fine!

There are three other common allergens listed on the packaging: soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. It’s worth noting that some people who suffer from celiac disease report being able to eat these without symptoms.

So if your doctor has cleared you for regular consumption of peanuts and tree nuts it seems like these would be a safe bet!

Artificial Colors.

One of the main ingredients in Harvest Snaps is peas. Peas are a natural source of carotenoids, which are converted into vitamin A in the body and are important for eye health.

However, many of the other ingredients in Harvest Snaps, such as canola oil and maltodextrin, are artificially colored. These artificial colors have been linked to health problems like ADHD and cancer.

Harvest Snaps may be vegan, but they’re not entirely healthy due to their reliance on unhealthy food additives.

The majority of this product’s calories come from sugar (about 17 grams per serving), with only two grams coming from protein.

Sugar and Calorie Counts.

A single serving of Harvest Snaps (20 grams) contains 130 calories and 6 grams of sugar. This is significantly less than other popular snack foods like potato chips, which can have over 200 calories and 10 grams of sugar in a single serving.

In terms of sugar, Harvest Snaps are also a better choice than candy, which can have up to 35 grams of sugar in a single serving. With the calorie count comparable to that of a granola bar, it’s difficult to argue that these snacks don’t have some health benefits.

The question becomes: what exactly is healthy about them? Harvest Snaps only contain five ingredients: chickpeas, almonds, brown rice syrup, tapioca starch and sea salt.

 None of these ingredients are known for their health benefits on their own – in fact they all come with negative side effects when consumed too much or on an ongoing basis.

What Are The Actual Health Benefits Of Harvest Snaps?

Harvest Snaps are a healthier alternative to traditional snacks like chips or crackers because they are GMO-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

 Additionally, the ingredients in Harvest Snaps are free of artificial preservatives and colors. While there are many health benefits associated with eating Harvest Snaps, it’s important to remember that they should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

1) Harvest Snaps are low in fat and contain no cholesterol.

2) A serving size of four pieces is only 120 calories.

3) They’re high in fiber (4g per serving), making them filling and satisfying.

4) Finally, Harvest Snaps come in a variety of flavors so you never get bored.

Vegan.

Being vegan is often associated with being healthy. After all, a vegan diet is typically plant-based, and plants are packed with nutrients that are essential for our health. However, not all vegan food are created equal. Because a food is vegan does not necessarily mean it is healthy.

In fact, some vegan foods can be just as unhealthy as their non-vegan counterparts. So, what about Harvest Snaps? Are they really as healthy as they claim to be? According to them, Harvest Snaps ingredients are free of artificial preservatives and colors.

The company also claims that the ingredients in their products are GMO-free, gluten-free, have no artificial sweeteners or flavors. To top it off, the company asserts that its ingredients come from sustainable sources. It seems like this snack is better than others on the market!

Artificial Preservatives.

While it’s true that artificial preservatives are generally unhealthy, the jury is still out on whether or not they’re actually harmful. Some studies have shown that they can cause cancer in animals, but there is no definitive evidence that they cause cancer in humans.(1)

However, artificial preservatives have been linked to other health problems such as headaches, stomachaches, and skin irritation. And while the ingredients of Harvest Snaps claim to be free of artificial preservatives, those claims haven’t been verified. Until we know for sure that this snack food is free of them, it would be wise to avoid them at all costs.

Bottom Line.

After doing some research, it seems that Harvest Snaps are indeed a healthy snack option. They are GMO-free, gluten-free, and vegan, with ingredients free of artificial preservatives and colors. So if you’re looking for a healthy snack that fits into any dietary restrictions, Harvest Snaps are a great choice. I found them at my local grocery store.

+1 Source.

  1. Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5811844/