Proper Pops gluten free nutrient rich popped chips

Proper PopsProper Pops are an Irish company who have spent four years perfecting this nutrient-rich range of popped chip snacks, made from casein which is a premium, slow-release protein derived from milk. Interestingly, though the main ingredient is milk protein, the snacks are somehow lactose free [see below for explanation], and are also gluten free. They are made with pea starch and fibre making them high in both fibre and protein, as well as being high in calcium.

Our judging panel were split right down the middle! Those of us who liked Proper Pops were very impressed with the entirely natural tasting flavours: the protein snacks come in three intense flavours: Lime, Lemongrass & Garlic; Lemon & Chilli; and Sizzling Sweet Paprika.

The seasonings are very authentic tasting - the Lemon & Chilli have a good, slightly sweet, lemon zest flavour, which is brought a fiery depth with the addition of the chilli. In contrast, the Lime, Lemongrass & Garlic is a more delicate flavour dominated by the lemongrass oil, with the garlic difficult to discern. The Paprika are flavoured with smoked paprika, which maybe be a 'loveit/hate it' taste, but it is a perfect way to bring depth to seasoning without adding too many ingredients, simply because it is such a well-rounded flavour.

Some of the other tasters felt that the flavours were rather too strong, in fact somewhat overpowering, and were not entirely sure how well they melded together. The chilli remained rather longer than one would expect it to on the back of the tongue.

Ingredients - Sizzling Sweet Paprika: Casein (MILK protein ), Native Pea Starch, Pea Hull Fibre, Seasoning (Brown Sugar , herbs & spices, Salt, Yeast extract,  Natural Paprika (flavouring), smoked paprika), Chicory Fibre (Inulin),  Pea Protein, Rapeseed Oil,  Acidity regulator (Citric Acid) Cayenne Pepper.

Ingredients - Lemon & Chilli: Casein (MILK protein ), Native Pea Starch, Pea Hull Fibre, Seasoning (Brown Sugar , herbs & spices, Salt, Yeast extract , Natural Lemon flavouring), Chicory Fibre (Inulin),  Pea Protein, Rapeseed Oil,  Acidity regulator (Citric Acid) Cayenne Pepper.

Ingredients - Lime, Lemongrass & Garlic: Casein (MILK protein ), Native Pea Starch, Pea Hull Fibre, Seasoning (Brown Sugar , Garlic, herbs & spices, Salt, Yeast extract , Natural Lime flavouring, Lemongrass Oil), Chicory Fibre (Inulin),  Pea Protein, Rapeseed Oil,  Acidity regulator (Citric Acid) Cayenne Pepper

Available from Proper Pops online shop, a single pot costs £1.50, twelve pots (25g each) cost £18. They are also available from Sainsbury's, Independent Irish Health Food stores LTD, and Quality Food stores.

www.proper-pops.com

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Proper Pops explains how they can be lactose free whilst containing milk protein:

"We are only using the separated high BV Protein portion of the milk – specifically Rennet Casein. The Lactose is the `sugar` portion of the milk.

The dry matter of milk is approx.

  1. 26%   Protein – or which 80% is Casein Protein and 20% whey Protein,
  2. 31 %   fat,
  3. 31 %   Sugar – lactose.

Rennet casein is obtained from the milk of Irish Cattle in a fertile grass rich part of Ireland known as the golden Vale.  It is separated from the other milk composites (inc lactose) via a natural process similar to cheese production . This involves curdling the milk with rennet enzyme - no solvents or acids are involved.  We at Proper-Pops source only pure rennet casein and systematically test to ensure that Proper-Pops is lactose free.

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar, unique to milk and found in varying amounts in all animal whole milks. Before the body can use lactose, it needs to be broken down by the enzyme lactase, and undigested lactose remains in the gut causing tummy discomfort.

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