Blue Corn Chips

Blue Corn ChipsTortilla chips are not the healthiest snack, but choosing ones made with blue corn may provide some advantages. Researchers in Mexico found that blue corn chips have 20 percent more protein and 9 percent less starch than those made with white corn.

Compared with yellow or white corn chips, blue corn chips are lower on the glycemic index, the measure of a food’s effect on the body’s blood-sugar level. Some studies indicate that a low-glycemic diet is linked with weight loss and improves insulin sensitivity.

Blue corn chips are also richer in anthocyanins, antioxidants that trap free radicals to prevent cell damage. Researcher Luis A. Bello-Perez says the lower glycemic index of blue corn chips may benefit dieters and diabetics. [source: Allure]

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