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Bean-Based Chip Is Second Home Run For Snack Food Inventor

December 7, 2010: 08:32 PM EST

An Austin, Texas, food business entrepreneur searching for a corn-free, low-glycemic snack has invented a flash-fried chip made from legumes. The last time Doug Foreman felt he needed to lose some weight he invented Guiltless Gourmet Baked Tortilla Chips more than 20 years ago. This time around – and again looking to shed pounds – Foreman found that beans were perfect for the low-glycemic diet, experimented with various varieties and recipes, and settled on pinto and black beans. The final chip turned out to be light, crispy, flavorful and flying-saucer-shaped, perfect for dipping. And, unlike other purported bean snacks, they contain no corn, wheat or gluten, but are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein. The product, dubbed “Beanitos,” is sold in Whole Foods Market and 7-11, among others.

Becca Hensley, "Austinite invents chips based on healthful beans- Corn-free snacks could be good for you", Austin 360, December 07, 2010, © Austin360.com
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