Why Sweet Potato Chips?

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

Of course sweet potato chips are tasty. The sweeter taste of a Hawaii grown purple sweet potato goes perfectly with a light salting. In addition to the great taste, sweet potato chips are also healthier than their white potato counter parts.

Purple Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin A, B-6 and C to name a few. Sweet potatoes also rate lower on the glycemic index meaning your have less of a spike in your blood sugar which is better for your pancreas. 

In addition to the above health benefits, purple sweet potatoes contain high levels of antioxidants which may help prevent cancer. These antioxidants come from anthocyanins, which occur naturally in purple sweet potatoes and give them their deep purple color.

Now that we know how healthy the sweet potato can be, let’s talk about what makes our sweet potato chips so special. Hawaii Island Gourmet was first started in 1936 and has always focused on using quality ingredients. The process starts with premium purple sweet potatoes. Our sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island. The farmers deliver the sweet potatoes right to our factory, where they are turned into delicious chips. Short delivery times means that we use the freshest sweet potatoes possible.

We use only three ingredients to make our sweet potato chips (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additional preservatives or additives, but instead rely on the quality of our ingredients and our time proven cooking methods. The resulting sweet potato chips are some of the best made today.

Give our sweet potato chips a try today to see the difference for yourself. You can find them on the shelves here in Hawaii or can purchase them from our online store: Hawaii Island Gourmet.

 

 

 

Health Benefits of Purple Sweet Potatoes

There are a lot of chips available these days. As we are all considering healthy options, there has been an increase in healthy chips made from vegetables and sweet potatoes. Sweet potato chips in particular have become a popular option because they are naturally sweet, healthier than regular potatoes, and are allowed as part of the paleo diet.

As it turns out, sweet potatoes are not all the same. As mentioned in the video from Nutritionfacts.org, only purple sweet potatoes have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase anti-oxidant capacity.

In addition, hypertensive subjects who consumed 6-8 small purple sweet potatoes a day showed a decrease in blood sugar and inflammation and a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.

It also matters where the purple sweet potatoes come from. Because purple sweet potatoes grow well in a warmer, slightly more tropical environment, many purple sweet potatoes come from Asia where they don’t have the same regulations on pesticides and chemical use.

Our purple sweet potato chips are only made from select, Hawaii grown sweet potatoes. Our sweet potato chips are made here in Hawaii and don’t contain any additives or preservatives. The great flavor comes from the high quality ingredients and our time tested methods.

Give our sweet potato chips a try and you will be hooked on the healthy, natural taste. You can find our sweet potato chips and all of our other products at our online store.

You can find the original article at the link below:

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-purple-potatoes/

Healthy Chips

Atebara's Hawaii Island Gourmet Chips

What are healthy chips? There are a lot of diets out there that limit what you can and can’t eat. They all vary on what is okay, but what they do mostly agree on is that fewer ingredients is better. You also want to try and keep those ingredients as basic as possible. If there is something on the label that you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t going to fall into the health category. Keeping ingredients in there most basic forms is better for your body. So let’s start with the ingredients that make Hawaii Island Gourmets chips healthy. Three. All of our salted chips contain only three ingredients as listed below.

  • Taro Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown taro, canola oil, salt
  • Sweet Potato Chips: Premium Hawaii Island grown sweet potatoes, canola oil, salt
  • Original Atebara’s Potato Chips: Premium russet potatoes, canola oil, salt

In addition to keeping our chips to only three ingredients, we only use premium, freshly grown produce. Our sweet potato chips and taro chips are made from sweet potatoes and taro grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Because our produce comes from local farmers, we are able to get the freshest sweet potatoes and taro possible. The produce is then selected by hand and only the best potatoes and taro are used to make our chips. We start with great produce and turn it into a chips using the minimal amount of ingredients. All of the above leads to a chip that has:

  • No Cholesterol
  • No Trans Fat
  • No Preservatives or Additives

Furthermore, sweet potatoes and taro are both allowed as part of the peleo diet. Sweet potato chips especially make a naturally sweet and crunchy snack that can be difficult to get when on the paleo diet. Purple sweet potatoes also have a number of health benefits over other types of potatoes. You can find more about that here: Why Sweet Potato Chips. You can also find more helpful tips on eating healthy here.

If you are looking for healthy chips, give Hawaii Island Gourmet chips a try. Once you taste the difference, you won’t want to eat anything else.

Paleo Salsas for your Sweet Potato Chips

Paleo Diet Salsa

In the last post we discussed why sweet potato chips are a good snack for those on the paleo diet. The purple sweet potato has a number of health properties that make it a great choice. You can find that article here: Paleo Diet Snack-Sweet Potato Chips. Shortly after writing that article, I came across another article on the paleo diet that complimented it so well I just had to write another post. It’s titled 19 Homemade Paleo Salsas, and like the title suggests, it’s 19 salsas that will meet the paleo diet. So grab yourself a bag of sweet potato chips and then choose your favorite paleo salsa. 19 Paleo Salsas.

Paleo Diet Snack-Sweet Potato Chips

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

If you are on the Paleo Diet then you aren’t allowed to eat potatoes or corn. You can’t eat potato chips or corn chips. However, just because you are on a paleo diet doesn’t mean you can’t have something sweet and salty. Sweet Potato chips are not only healthier than potato chips, they are also allowed as part of the paleo diet.

What makes Hawaii Island Gourmet sweet potato chips special is that we use purple sweet potatoes grown right here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Getting our purple sweet potatoes from local farmers means they have higher regulations on the uses of pesticides and chemicals than those coming from overseas. It also means that our chips our made from the freshest purple sweet potatoes possible.

The purple sweet potato has some unique properties that make it a great part of your diet. They are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Studies have been done that show that sweet potatoes may improve blood sugar and may be good for diabetes . However, the most important health benefit of the purple sweet potato may be their high level of antioxidants 1.

Thanks to the naturally occurring anthocyanins (antioxidants), which gives the sweet potato its dark, vibrant color, the purple sweet potato has a number of health benefits which may include anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties 2, 3.

To keep our sweet potato chips as natural and healthy as possible, we use only three ingredients (sweet potatoes, oil, and salt). We don’t use any additives or preservatives in our chips. What you taste is the flavor of locally grown, premium sweet potatoes made with Aloha. Because our sweet potatoes are grown by local farmers here in Hawaii, they are as fresh as possible. They come straight from the farmers and are turned into chips in our Big Island factory.

You end up with healthy chips that you can enjoy as part of your paleo diet.

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Sweet Potato Chips

 

Hawaiian Made Taro Chips

Hawaii Island Gourmet Taro Chips

Who would have thought to make taro chips when everyone else was already making potato chips? While it is becoming more common today, using taro or sweet potatoes to make chips required a bit of ingenuity and some special circumstances. It’s actually quite an interesting story about a new company going through hardships and finding a way to thrive.

In 1936, Hawaii Island Gourmet, or Atebara’s as we were called at the time, became the first chip company in Hawaii. Mr. Atebara was looking through a magazine and came across a chip making machine. Having never even eaten a potato chip, but being the entrepreneur that he was, he purchased the machine and Atebara’s Chip company was started.

The company did well in the early years. Atebara’s kitchen cooked chips grew in popularity, but something was about to happen that would change Atebara’s and the world forever. In 1941, World War II started. As a result, all of the potatoes went toward the war effort and Atebara’s was in danger of having to close it’s doors.

Hawaii Island Locally Grown
Crop of taro plants

Instead of giving up and shutting down, Mr. Atebara looked for another option for his chips. While potatoes don’t grow in Hawaii, there was an abundance of Taro. Taro thrives in the warmer, wetter climate in Hawaii, and was in much lower demand at the time. In 1941, we became the first chip company to produce taro chips.

Having found taro chips, creating a sweet potato chip, another abundant crop in Hawaii, was just the next logical step.

Hawaii Island Gourmet still makes our chips the same way we have since 1936. Instead of adding lots of additives and preservatives, we rely on quality taro and sweet potatoes grown locally here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even today, our taro chips (as well as our other chips) contain only three ingredients: premium Hawaii grown taro, canola oil, and salt).

The introduction of the taro chip literally saved the company. It’s for that reason that we use an image of the three taro leaves as our the logo for Hawaii Island Gourmet.

Hawaii Island Gourmet taro logo2

 

 

Hawaii Island Taro Chips

Taro Chips

Hawaii Island Gourmet has been making chips since 1936. The founder of the company, Mr. Atebara found a chip making machine in a magazine, and without any experience, purchased it and started the first chip company in Hawaii. Like everyone else at that time, he originally started making potato chips. So how did we end up making sweet potato chips and taro chips?

Ironically, it was actually because of bad events rather than good ones that started the company’s expansion into taro and sweet potato chips. After only being in business for just a couple of years, World War II started. All of the potatoes went to feeding the soldiers and there were very few left for purchase.

Being the entrepreneur that he was, Mr. Atebara began searching Hawaii for an alternative and noticed that there was an abundance of Taro. Unlike russet potatoes, taro thrives in the warmer, wetter climate of Hawaii. In 1941, we became the first company in Hawaii to make taro chips. Adding sweet potato chips to the line (another crop that grows well in Hawaii) just seemed like the next natural step.

Keeping with tradition, Hawaii Island Gourmet still makes our chips the same way. We keep our ingredients simple and local (our taro and sweet potatoes come from local farmers here on the Big Island), with no additional preservatives or artificial flavors. We instead rely on high quality ingredients and time-tested cooking methods to get the perfect chips.

We are currently running a batch of taro chips, so come by the shop (717 Manono Street, Hilo) to grab a bag fresh out of the cooker. The taro chips in the picture were just made today! If you can’t make it to our shop, you can also purchase online from our store: Hawaii island Gourmet. While you are here, be sure to try some of our taro cookies!

 

 

A New Batch of Sweet Potato Chips

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While everyone was preparing for this last weekend, Hawaiian Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips was busy making a new batch of sweet potato chips. To make sure that the chips are as fresh as possible, they are sliced, cooked, and bagged all on the same day.

The chips in the picture above have just been cooked and will next go into the spinner. A device that is used to remove any excess oil. Our sweet potato chips are made from sweet potatoes grown by local farmers right here on the Big Island. This ensure that we use the best, most sustainable products and that you get the freshest chips.

Come by the store (717 Manono Street, Hilo, HI 96720) to grab yourself a bag. If you aren’t in the area, you can also purchase online! Hawaii Island Gourmet Store

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Gourmet taro chips, sweet potato chips, potato chips, and chocolate

Hawaii Island Gourmet at Hilo Trading Comany

 

Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara is known for its potato chipstaro chips and sweet potato chips. We have been making healthy chips (using only three ingredients: potatoes or taro, salt and canola oil) since 1936. Our chips are kitchen cooked and handmade. To keep them as healthy as possible, we use a special spinning process to remove any extra oil.

This weekend, however, we were at the grand opening of the Hilo Trading Company sampling our hand-made, Hawaii Island Gourmet chocolates. The event was a success with local companies coming from all over the greater Hilo area to promote their products. Whether it be chocolates, chips, macadamia nuts, or coffee; The Hilo Trading Company is a one stop shop for products made in Hilo, Hawaii.

To make our chocolates special, we incorporate our potato chips and taro chips right into the chocolate. You get a unique mixture of melt in your mouth creaminess mixed with a tasty crunch. A taste that you can only get from Hawaiian Island Gourmet Products.

You can visit our online store here: Hawaii Island Gourmet Products

The event at the Hilo Trading Company ended on Saturday, but you can still go by their store (located at the corner of Kamehameha and Mamalahoa Highway) to try some of our samples and purchase our chocolates and chips. You can also come by our store. The address and contact information is listed on our contact page here: Hawaii Island Gourmet. We look forward to seeing you soon.