April 18, 2013

100% Natural Snacks: Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites

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I love pistachios, but honestly, sometimes I am too lazy to work for them.  It's hard work cracking open the shells. They are fun to eat, and the shells do keep one from gorging. 

 Now there is a unique way to eat pistachios in a yummy chewy bite:

Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites come in little packages. Each bite is about 70 calories (but don't worry, it doesn't take just one bite to eat one!).

With three main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios, cranberries and agave nectar in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber.

The above quote is a bit misleading, as there are more than just three simple ingredients. In addition, there is brown rice syrup, sunflower oil, cranberry flavor and sea salt. The dried cranberries also contain sugar and sunflower oil

When I first opened the package, I thought that they were overly packaged. Once I ate one, I see why each bite needs to be in its own plastic package, as it tended to stick to the wrapping and fall apart as I ate it. It was delicious, but I would prefer this natural snack was made with organic pistachios.

Pistachios are one of the three nuts identified as ones you should eat only organically-grown. LiveStrong explains:

Non-organic pistachios may be treated with phosmet, a Class II pesticide. Studies at Cornell University indicate chronic toxicity in rats from long term, small doses of phosmet. A two-year mouse study showed increased liver tumors and carcinoma, and the pesticide is considered a category C carcinogen. Safe, organic pistachios are not exposed to phosmet or any other synthetic chemicals.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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