Amazing Health Benefits of Amazi Plantain Chips

Many chips you find on the market are fried or roasted, and hey, why not?! Fried foods taste good! But what if you want to have your snack and feel good, too? We've got you covered.

At Amazi, just as highly as we value our mission to develop ethical value chains, we value your health. We use high quality ingredients, and consider the best preparation methods to retain nutritional content in our tasty snacks. While we could fry or simply roast your chips in oil, we instead take the longer - but healthier - route: drying and small batch roasting.

Drying fruit is known to concentrate nutrients, retaining any nutritional value lost through exposure to high heat. By drying before roasting, we protect the integrity of the plantains in their most natural state so we can share the richness of Uganda's staple foods with you.

But what exactly do Amazi chips offer as a nutritional powerhouse? We're glad you asked. 

  1. Rich in Vitamins A and C. A 30g, 110 calorie serving packs 15% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin A - known to help with eyesight, bone health, and immune support. Vitamin C - most famously known for fighting the common cold and scurvy - ups the ante at 20% of the daily recommended dose.
  2. High in Potassium. You've likely noticed runners gravitating toward piles of bananas post-race. This is partially because they are high in potassium - which enhances muscle strength and water balance to aid in avoiding cramps. Potassium also regulates blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, and even anxiety and stress. Plantains - banana's (superior) cousin - also boast a high potassium content. Maybe we should get some Amazi to the marathon finish line!
  3. High Quality Fats.  Studies have shown that nutrients in fruits and veggies (namely, carotenoids) are best absorbed in the presence of fat. By adding a few teaspoons of high quality, non-hydrogenated oils - coconut or olive oil in our case - our chips are primed for optimal digestion and nutrient absorption. Coconut oil is a great source of necessary saturated fats that keep your brain functioning properly, among many other benefits. Coconut oil is known to be a preferred oil for cooking, as its fatty acid chains are undamaged in heat. Olive oil is a heart healthy fat, and unlike coconut oil, a source of unsaturated fat. Because we roast and dry at relatively low heat, the olive oil still maintains the integrity of its fatty acid chains and health benefits. 
  4. No additives and organically grown plantains. We're firm believers that if you can't pronounce it, you probably shouldn't be putting it in your body. Food is fuel, and we wouldn't fuel ourselves with mysterious additives and environmentally-damaging chemicals. Neither should you!  
  5. Anti-Inflammatory properties. Of the approximately 23g of carbohydrates per serving, 10-11g are insoluble fiber and resistant starch. Resistant starch is a kind of prebiotic fiber, which feeds belly bacteria and helps to reduce inflammation. Many have said that prebiotic fiber sourced from whole foods may aid in healing a leaky gut and other autoimmune diseases. 
Image from: http://www.foodrenegade.com/resistant-starch-healthy-or-not/. Check out that post for a great, detailed explanation of resistant starch. 

Image from: http://www.foodrenegade.com/resistant-starch-healthy-or-not/. Check out that post for a great, detailed explanation of resistant starch. 

So pre-order today, dive your hand into a bag of our small batch plantain chips, and snack the Amazi way. 

Eat good. Feel good. Do good.