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®?? 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® and this is what I found…(I am not against Doritos® 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 ® 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 🙂
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’s 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 “(/ˈɡluːkoʊs/ or /–koʊz/; 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. 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 ®..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® I am sure they all use those chemicals!