Veggie chips don’t usually have a list of mysterious ingredients, but neither do regular potato chips (potatoes, oil and salt); and if you compare the basic nutrition, they are both in the same caloric and fat ball park.
To make veggie chips, whole vegetables (mostly corn, potato and very small amount of other vegetables) are pureed or converted to powder, then fried in some vegetable oil. Much of the vitamins and plant chemicals are destroyed during the processing, making these chips inferior to their fresh vegetable counterpart.
Manufacturers took note when ‘vegetables’ became synonymous with ‘healthy’, and incorporated it in their clever marketing to dupe you into thinking ‘veggie’ chips are healthy and better than potato chips, which by the way, are vegetable also.
Veggie chips maybe shelved right next to other healthy foods in the store, but that doesn’t make them healthy. You might be able to find some varieties with less fat and food coloring , but don’t fool yourself into thinking they have any extra benefits.