Doritos: what’s really in them?
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 00:08
“For the Bold,” Doritos’ newest slogan of 2013, is associated with the bold and unique flavor of each bite of these tortilla chips. As one of the most popular brands, Doritos can be bought in almost every grocery store, supermarket and convenience store. Its irresistible taste leaves people wanting more.
Have you ever wondered what are in these tortilla chips that make them so mouth-watering? For an average person, looking at the ingredients list won’t say much, as there are many ingredients with complex names that sound like they belong in a chemistry lab, not in your food. But when you actually understand what all the food additives manufacturers put in each single Doritos tortilla chip, you may want to think twice about what you are really putting in your mouth.
The ingredients on the back of the bag are listed in descending order of predominance by weight. The two most abundant ingredients are corn and vegetable oil. The third is maltodextrin, an ingredient that may sound a little bizarre but is commonly used in the food industry. It is an easily digested natural, complex carbohydrate made from corn starch. This fairly inexpensive white powder is used as a thickener in processed foods. It is also used in medicine, paper making and petroleum drilling.
Going down the list, we see more familiar ingredients: salt, cheddar cheese and Romano cheese (made from lactic acid bacteria cultures), onion powder, corn flour, tomato powder, sugar, garlic, skim milk and red and green bell pepper powder.
An automatic alarm should go off in your head when you see monosodium glutamate, commonly known as MSG. This flavor enhancer may not be a health hazard if consumed in small amounts, but many people have had allergic reactions to it, so it should best be avoided. Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are two other food enhancers that are very similar to MSG. They are both added to Doritos tortilla chips, enhancing the flavor even more as well as making people more likely to exhibit allergic reactions.
There are other ingredients that are more unfamiliar to an average person. For example, whey is the liquid that separates from milk after curdling and whey protein concentrate is a mixture of proteins isolated from whey. Whey protein is also sold as a supplement for bodybuilders as it appears to stimulate insulin release.
Other ingredients are dextrose and lactose, which are corn sugar and a carbohydrate found in milk, respectively. These are used to sweeten the taste of the chips. Using these scientific terms, manufacturers try to disguise the fact that their product is sweetened.
Something to be aware of is the artificial coloring. It is used in Doritos solely for the purpose of making it more appealing. It is made from petroleum products and it has been shown that its consumption may increase hyperactivity in children.
All these ingredients, good and bad, make up the “bold” taste this tortilla chip brand holds. However, you may be the one who is even bolder, to put your health at risk when consuming a food with so many food additives like this one. Doritos really is “for the bold.”