Terra was created more than two decades ago by two New York chefs that left their jobs at four-star Manhattan restaurants to create their own business with an emphasis on real whole vegetables by sourcing a wide range of root vegetables to create unique blends of chips, including sweet potato, beet, carrot, kabocha, parsnip, taro, yuka, apples, plantain, and more.
Terra has three product categories, according to their website:
- Exotic vegetable chips (includes 8 blends)
- Plantain chips (includes 2 blends)
- And sweet potato chips (includes 10 blends)
Despite the unique use of whole vegetables, that doesn’t mean every product is vegan. In fact, not every Terra blend is vegan, as some contain milk (in the form of whey).
In this article, we are going to see which Terra chips are vegan and which ones aren’t, and we’re also going to address different questions, including whether or not these chips are healthy.
Which Terra Chips Are Vegan?
Even though Terra chips are made from whole vegetables, not all of them are vegan. There are precisely two blends that contain milk derivatives.
Here is a quick table with every Terra product and its vegan status:
|Terra Blend:||Flavor:||Is it Vegan?||Animal Ingredient:|
|Exotic Vegetable Chips||Original||Yes||None|
|Stripes & Blues||Yes||None|
|Sweet Potato Chips||Sweet Potato with Sea Salt||Yes||None|
|Sweet & Beets||Yes||None|
|Sweet Potato with No Salt||Yes||None|
|Sweets & Blues||Yes||None|
|Sweets & Carrots||Yes||None|
|Sweet Chipotle with Avocado Oil||Yes||None|
|Sweets Medley with Avocado Oil||Yes||None|
|Sweets & Apples||No||Milk (as a natural flavor)|
|Red, White & Blues||Yes||None|
The Mediterranean chips contain whey, which is the remaining liquid after milk has been curdled and strained, and it’s also one of the two proteins present in milk.
The ‘Sweets & Apples’ blend also contains milk classified as a natural flavor.
Other than these two flavors, the remaining 18 flavors are 100% vegan, and if you’re interested in getting your hands on them, you should be able to find them in larger supermarkets, namely Walmart.
Alternatively, you can also opt by purchasing them online, via Amazon.
Are Terra Chips Healthy?
Culturally, we’ve all been taught that potato chips are unhealthy.
They’ve been successfully positioned as junk food or guilty pleasure by dieting experts, which means they’re not something you should regularly consume unless you want to accumulate abdominal fat.
Veggie chips, like the Terra Chips, came up as an alternative to high-carb potato chips. They’re marketed as being more natural and wholesome, as well as more nutritious. In other words, they seem like the perfect alternative for people who’ve been searching for a salty, crunchy snack but have been told that potato chips are bad for you.
When you compare Classic Lays or the Original Ruffles to the Terra Chips, the nutrition facts look strikingly similar, given that the ingredients used (other than the core choice of root vegetables) are also identical.
For example, the nutritional profile for a 1-ounce serving of Classic Lay’s (about 15 chips) and a 1-ounce serving of Original Ruffles (about 12 chips) are the same. Both contain 160 calories, 15 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 2 grams protein, 10 grams fat, and 1.5 grams saturated fat.
Meanwhile, a 1-ounce serving of the Original Terra Chips contains 150 calories, 16 gram carbs, 3 gram fiber, 1 gram protein, 9 grams fat, and 1 grams saturated fat. The difference is not significant. Veggie chips may offer an additional 1-2 grams of fiber, but that’s not impactful enough to suggest that their consumption is better.
So, are Terra’s chips healthy? The numbers show us that they’re not that different from regular potato chips, which means they should be moderately consumed.
Indeed, most Terra Chips are vegan, with the two exceptions being the ‘Mediterranean’ and ‘Sweets & Apples’ blends that contain animal derivatives, namely whey (or milk protein) and milk as a natural flavor.
For this reason, we can safely assess that Terra Chips are a vegan-friendly brand, and are certainly one that vegans should support when looking to indulge in a guilty pleasure.