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Are HIPPEAS Bad For You?

Also Known As: HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs



Short answer

HIPPEAS organic chickpea puffs are gaining popularity in the snack world. Although eating natural cooked chickpeas are a much better choice nutritionally, HIPPEAS organic chickpea puffs have some interesting ingredients compared to other snack products. The ingredients are gluten-free but can still cause general intestinal upset.



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Long answer

HIPPEAS organic chickpea puff snacks contain organic ingredients, are gluten-free, kosher, vegan and non-GMO.  They do not contain artificial preservatives and are free from maltodextrin and MSG. They do contain some protein and fiber but compared to eating natural chickpeas they are void of any significant vitamins and minerals. HIPPEAS are relatively low in fat and calories but eating more than one recommended serving is going to boost your fat, carbohydrate, sodium and caloric intake. Unlike HIPPEAS, natural chickpeas are a great source of iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium. Natural chickpeas contain vitamin K, folate, selenium, manganese, choline, phosphorous and zinc.  HIPPEAS organic chickpea puffs have a minimal amount of calcium and iron and 140mg of sodium in each recommended serving.

HIPPEAS are composed mainly of organic chickpea flour, organic rice flour, organic sunflower oil, organic tapioca starch, and organic seasoning and spices. These are great gluten-free ingredients but the combination of these ingredients can cause intestinal upset in the form of flatulence, bloating, cramping and abdominal discomfort. The snacks have the shape and texture of “packing peanuts” and come in a variety of flavors-which are deemed “natural”.  The company does not list the sources for these natural flavors which is a concern.  These “natural” flavors can promote an allergic response. 

It is not clear what source of sugar is used in HIPPEAS.  HIPPEAS also contain dextrose which is usually manufactured commercially and then added to processed foods as a sweetener. HIPPEAS contain citric acid and it is not clear if the source is of the natural variety or manufactured in a lab.  Naturally occurring citric acid is an organic acid found in fruits and vegetables-mainly from the citrus family. Citric acid created in a lab comes from a form of black mold.

The snack food industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry that offers a plethora of choices. There are significant amounts of snacks available today that are downright poisonous to our internal body.  Many snacks still contain artificial ingredients, preservatives and toxic dyes. HIPPEAS contains organic ingredients and has gone the extra step to be gluten-free, vegan, kosher and non-GMO. If you love your snacks then this may be a better choice compared to other snack products available today.  However, real food that comes directly from nature is a much healthier choice. 

Possible short-term side effects

  • possible allergic response
  • intestinal upset with bloating, pain, gas and nausea

Possible long-term side effects

  • weight gain
  • irritable bowel

Ingredients to be aware of

  • added sugar and dextrose
  • citric acid
  • "natural flavors" of unclear source


  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • kosher
  • non-gmo
  • no msg or maltodextrin
  • contain some protein and fiber

Healthier alternatives

  • naturally occuring chickpeas

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Taali Water Lily Pops

  • Crunchy superfood snack
  • Protein-rich
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Himalayan pink salt
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Written by Dr. Becky Maes
Published on: 11-14-2023
Last updated: 11-30-2023

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Dr. Becky Maes
Published on: 11-14-2023
Last updated: 11-30-2023

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