Sweet and Salty Plantain Chips

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I have a thing for sweet and salty. If I have something salty, I definitely need something sweet to chase it down. There’s something about the combination that is so incredibly satisfying. Our bodies are actually genetically programmed to crave sweet, salty, and fatty foods. When we eat (or smell) these foods, it triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter which releases a chemical signal to our brain. This dopamine signal is associated with “reward,” and gives us a positive association when┬áreleased.┬áIt has been proposed that the sense of reward that we get from eating energy dense food (sugars, salts, and fats) developed as a survival mechanism for early humans who didn’t have ready access to food as we do now. I’m pretty sure that these chips elicit a massive dopamine burst in me. The best thing is that I get my salty-sweet fix in one sitting. Slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. These are probably my favorite snack food to date.

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