So this morning I found myself wondering about salty snacks and why so many of us are addicted to them.

I know what to eat and what not to eat and I for sure do not eat these snacks but I had never really looked closely at the ingredient list, I usually look at the nutrition fact and that is enough to make me put it down right away.

I was wondering why so many people eat that stuff?

Lack of willpower? Lack of information? Lack of caring of what you eat? Or is it just that they get addicted?

I am not sure on this one although I am pretty sure it is a combination of lack of willpower because of the fact that they are addicted…but is that providing us with the perfect excuse??

“why do you eat a whole bag of Doritos¬ģ?? Well I’m addicted to them so therefore I eat the whole bag!”

Anyway that is another story but today I went on the Frito lay website to look at the ingredient list in Doritos¬ģ and this is what I found…(I am not against Doritos¬ģ or Frito lay but it is the one that came to mind so don’t hate, just read)



ok so now what?

Well I went online to wikipedia¬†¬ģ and research the ingredients that I thought sounded funny or were not really pronounceable and this is what I found:

corn : no issue there it’s corn, I think ūüôā

vegetable oil (corn, canola and/or sunflower oil) : not great for you and how much but…

maltodextrin (made from corn) : “Maltodextrin¬†is a¬†polysaccharide¬†that is used as a¬†food additive. It is produced from¬†starch¬†by partial¬†hydrolysis¬†and is usually found as a whitehygroscopic¬†spray-dried¬†powder.Maltodextrin is easily digestible, being absorbed as rapidly as¬†glucose, and might be either moderately¬†sweet¬†or almost flavorless. It is commonly used for the production of¬†sodas¬†and¬†candy. It can also be found as an ingredient in a variety of other processed foods.” so basically it is sugar!

salt : nothing there

tomato powder : nothing there

corn starch: “Corn starch,¬†cornstarch,¬†cornflour¬†or¬†maize starch¬†is the¬†starch¬†derived from the corn (maize) grain. The starch is obtained from the¬†endosperm¬†of the corn¬†kernel. Corn starch is a popular food ingredient used in thickening¬†sauces¬†or¬†soups, and is used in making¬†corn syrup¬†and other¬†sugars.” so after more research I found that cornstarch is basically a highly processed carbohydrate.¬†It packs about 30 calories or 7 grams of carbohydrate per tablespoon.¬†There‚Äôs no protein, fat, vitamins, minerals or fiber. GREAT!

Lactose : “Lactose¬†is a¬†disaccharide¬†sugar¬†derived from¬†galactose¬†and¬†glucose¬†that is found in¬†milk. Lactose makes up around 2-8% of milk (by weight),¬†although the amount varies among species and individuals and milk with¬†reduced amount of lactose¬†also exists. It is extracted from sweet or sour¬†whey. The name comes from¬†lac¬†or¬†lactis, the¬†Latin¬†word for milk, plus the -ose ending used to name sugars.”¬†so, more sugar???

Whey : “Whey¬†or¬†milk serum¬†is the liquid remaining after¬†milk¬†has been¬†curdled¬†and strained. It is a¬†by-product¬†of the manufacture of¬†cheese¬†or¬†casein¬†and has several commercial uses.¬†Sweet whey¬†is manufactured during the making of¬†rennet¬†types of hard cheese like¬†cheddar¬†or¬†Swiss cheese.¬†Acid whey(also known as “sour whey”) is a by-product produced during the making of acid types of dairy products such as¬†cottage cheese¬†or¬†strained yogurt.” liquid in chips??

skim milk : “Skimmed milk¬†(United Kingdom¬†and¬†Canada), or¬†skim milk¬†(United States of America,¬†Australia, and Canada), is made when all the¬†cream¬†(also called¬†milkfat) is removed from whole¬†milk. ”¬†yep more liquid…

corn syrup solids: ¬†“Corn syrup solids are the dry form of corn syrup, a sweetener derived from corn. It is used in foods where it is impractical to use liquid syrup. It is less sweet than cane sugar (table sugar or sucrose) and is available in three different sweetness levels or dextrose equivalent”¬†more sugar!

onion powder : nothing there

sugar: really need more?????

garlic powder : nothing there

monosodium glutamate : ”¬†Glutamic acid¬†and its¬†ions¬†and¬†salts, called¬†glutamates, are¬†flavor-enhancing compounds¬†which provide an¬†umami¬†(savory) taste to food.Glutamic acid is a natural constituent of many¬†fermented¬†or aged foods, including¬†soy sauce,¬†fermented bean paste, and¬†cheese, and is also a component of¬†hydrolyzed protein¬†such as¬†yeast extract.The sodium salt of glutamic acid,¬†monosodium glutamate¬†(MSG), is a widely used additive in the¬†food industry.” MSG really?? in 2014??

Cheddar cheese : nothing there

dextrose : aka glucose “(/ňą…°luňźko äs/¬†or¬†/ko äz/;¬†C6H12O6, also known as¬†D-glucose,¬†dextrose, or¬†grape sugar) is a simple¬†monosaccharide¬†found in plants. It is one of the three dietary monosaccharides, along with¬†fructose¬†and¬†galactose,¬†that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. It is an important¬†carbohydrate¬†in¬†biology, which is indicated by the fact that¬†cells¬†use it as a secondary source of energy and a metabolic intermediate. Glucose is one of the main products of¬†photosynthesis¬†and fuels for¬†cellular respiration. Glucose exists in several different molecular structures, but all of these structures can be divided into two families of mirror-images (stereoisomers). Only one set of these isomers exists in nature, those derived from the “particular chiral form” of glucose, denoted¬†D-glucose, or¬†D-glucose.”¬†seriously, more sugar??????

malic acid: “Malic acid¬†is an¬†organic compound¬†with the formula HO2CCH2CHOHCO2H. It is a¬†dicarboxylic acid¬†that is made by all living organisms, contributes to the pleasantly sour taste of fruits, and is used as a food additive. Malic acid has two stereoisomeric forms (L– and¬†D-enantiomers), though only theL-isomer exists naturally. The¬†salts¬†and¬†esters¬†of malic acid are known as¬†malates. The malate anion is an intermediate in the¬†citric acid cycle.” so what is this exactly?

buttermilk : nothing there

natural and artificial flavors : Like what, we do not know!

sodium acetate : Sodium acetate, C2H3NaO2, also abbreviated¬†NaOAc,¬†also known as¬†sodium ethanoate, is the¬†sodium¬†salt¬†of¬†acetic acid. This colourless salt has a wide range of uses” kind of salt I guess…

artificial color (including red 40, blue 1 and yellow 5) :

RED 40 : “Allura Red AC¬†is a red¬†azo dye¬†that goes by several names including:¬†Allura Red,¬†Food Red 17,¬†C.I. 16035,¬†FD&C Red 40,¬†E129,¬†2-naphthalenesulfonic acid, 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-, disodium salt, and disodium 6-hydroxy-5-((2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo)-2-naphthalenesulfonate. It is used as a food dye and has the¬†E number¬†E129. Allura Red AC was originally introduced in the¬†United States¬†as a replacement for the use of¬†amaranth¬†as a¬†food coloring..It has the appearance of a dark¬†red¬†powder. It usually comes as a sodium salt, but can also be used as both¬†calcium¬†and¬†potassium¬†salts. It is soluble in¬†water; in¬†solution, its maximum¬†absorbance¬†lies at about 504¬†nm.¬†Allura Red AC is one of many¬†High Production Volume Chemicals.¬†Red AC was originally manufactured from¬†coal tar, but is now mostly made from¬†petroleum. Despite the popular misconception, Allura Red AC is not derived from any insect, unlike the food colouring¬†carmine, which is derived from the female¬†cochineal¬†insect.” Basically red salt derived from petroleum, yummy!

BLUE 1 : Brilliant Blue FCF¬†(Blue 1), also known under commercial names, is a¬†colorant¬†for foods and other substances. It is denoted by¬†E number¬†E133¬†and has a¬†color index¬†of 42090. It has the appearance of a reddish-blue powder.¬†It is a¬†synthetic¬†dye¬†produced using¬†aromatic hydrocarbons¬†from¬†petroleum.It can be combined with¬†tartrazine¬†(E102) to produce various shades of green.It is usually a disodium salt. The diammonium salt has CAS number [3844-45-9]. Calcium and potassium salts are also permitted. It can also appear as an aluminium¬†lake. The chemical formation is C37H34N2Na2O9S3. The dye is poorly absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract and 95% of the ingested dye can be found in the feces.”¬†More petroleum stuff, Awesome!

Yellow 5 : Tartrazine¬†is a synthetic¬†lemon yellow¬†azo¬†dye¬†primarily used as a¬†food coloring.It is also known as¬†E number¬†E102,¬†C.I.¬†19140,FD&C¬†Yellow 5, Acid Yellow 23, Food Yellow 4, and Trisodium 1-(4-sulfonatophenyl)-4-(4-sulfonatophenylazo)-5-pyrazolone-3-carboxylate).¬†Tartrazine is a synthetic¬†organic chemical.Tartrazine is a commonly used color all over the world, mainly for yellow, but can also be used with¬†Brilliant Blue FCF¬†(FD&C Blue 1, E133) or¬†Green S¬†(E142) to produce various green shades”¬†more yumminess!

sodium caseinate : “Casein¬†¬†is the name for a family of related¬†phosphoproteins.¬†These proteins are commonly found in mammalian¬†milk, making up 80% of the proteins in¬†cow¬†milk¬†and between 20% and 45% of the proteins in human milk.¬†Casein has a wide variety of uses, from being a major component of¬†cheese, to use as a food additive, to a binder for safety matches.As a¬†food source, casein supplies¬†amino acids,¬†carbohydrates, and the two inorganic elements¬†calcium¬†and phosphorus”¬†so milk? again?

spice: nothing there

citric acid : Citric acid¬†is a¬†weak¬†organic acid¬†with the formula¬†C6H8O7. It is a natural¬†preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and drinks. In¬†biochemistry, the¬†conjugate base¬†of citric acid,¬†citrate, is important as an intermediate in the¬†citric acid cycle, which occurs in themetabolism¬†of all¬†aerobic organisms. It consists of 3 carboxyl (R-COOH) groups.Citric acid is a commodity chemical, and more than a million tonnes are produced every year by fermentation. It is used mainly as an acidifier, as a flavoring, and as a¬†chelating agent.”¬†food chemical, super!

disodium inosinate :¬†“Disodium inosinate is used as a¬†flavor enhancer, in synergy with¬†monosodium glutamate¬†(MSG) to provide the¬†umami¬†taste. It is often added to foods in conjunction with¬†disodium guanylate; the combination is known as¬†disodium 5′-ribonucleotides.¬†As a relatively expensive product, disodium inosinate is usually not used independently of glutamic acid; if disodium inosinate is present in a list of ingredients, but MSG does not appear to be, it is possible that glutamic acid is provided as part of another ingredient or is naturally occurring in another ingredient like tomatoes, Parmesan cheese or¬†yeast extract.”¬†in synergy with MSG??? what??

disodium guanylate : “Disodium guanylate, also known as¬†sodium 5′-guanylate¬†and¬†disodium 5′-guanylate, is a natural disodium¬†salt¬†of the¬†flavor enhancer¬†guanosine monophosphate¬†(GMP). Disodium guanylate is a¬†food additive¬†with the¬†E number¬†E627.[1]¬†It is commonly used in conjunction with¬†glutamic acid(monosodium glutamate, MSG).As it is a fairly expensive additive, it is not used independently of glutamic acid; if disodium guanylate is present in a list of ingredients but MSG does not appear to be, it is likely that glutamic acid is provided as part of another ingredient such as a processed¬†soy protein¬†complex. It is often added to foods in conjunction with¬†disodium inosinate; the combination is known as¬†disodium 5′-ribonucleotides.¬†Disodium guanylate is produced from dried fish or dried seaweed and is often added to¬†instant noodles,¬†potato chips¬†and other¬†snacks, savoury¬†rice, tinned¬†vegetables, cured¬†meats, and packaged¬†soup.”¬†Dried fish in Doritos¬†¬ģ..awesome!

This is only a basic research on the ingredients and what is really in your favorite snack, not sure what you are thinking right now but all I can say is What is happening?? Why do we have to ingest all those chemicals?

All these ingredients especially sugar are designed and chemically engineered for you to become addicted and wanting to eat more and more and more…so your willpower goes at the window the second you open the bag? Or is it just an excuse?


Thanks for reading and again I have nothing against Doritos¬ģ I am sure they all use those chemicals!


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