Are Doritos a “Healthful Snack”?

Well, looky here! I read that the CEO of Frito/Lay describes Doritos as a ‘healthful snack.’ Well, I had to check that out. Who knows? Maybe I could start eating Doritos.

So off to the web! Holey Moley! It takes a special kind of dictionary to describe Doritos as healthful.

Let’s a quick look at just some of the ingredients, in the order listed on the label, and you’ll see what I mean.

Whole corn: Well, that sounds okay. Except for one thing. Nearly 90% of corn comes from genetically modified seeds. Since Frito/Lay goes through a gazillion tons of corn making their wares, they have to use GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn.

You don’t get GMO foods by tweaking the seeds just a little. You have to create a whole new organism, one not seen in nature. And pretty much untested, so eating it makes us guinea pigs.

Animal tests show that GMO foods damage DNA. Offspring of GMO eaters experience greater-than-average fertility issues, and their grandchildren are sterile. And in people? Check back with me in thirty years or so–after it’s too late.

Governments around the world seem to think that’s just fine and dandy.

Vegetable oils: Vegetable oils cause internal inflammation, which leads to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, autoimmune, and on and on.

And soy oil is one of the oils listed. Yikes! Why not just shoot your thyroid? Plus, we mustn’t forget soy’s bogus estrogen and the damage that does. Or the fact that soy strips away our minerals. And leads to kidney stones. And on. And on.

Cheddar cheese: What can possibly be wrong with good old cheddar? It’s made from factory-farm milk complete with antibiotics, hormones and pus, although the government limits the pus level. Reassuring, eh?

Maltodextrin: Maltodextrin comes chock-a-block full of the amino acid, glutamate. Glutamate’s whole purpose in life is supercharging our brains. Other aminos keep things balanced, but glutamate alone, as in maltodextrin, revs up the brain to toxic levels. So we’re talking brain damage.

Whey: Whey often comes from soy. I know, I know, some people say soy promotes health. Well, no.

MSG: Spelled out, we’re talking monosodium glutamate. There’s that glutamate word again. The excitotoxin that beats up on our brains.

Buttermilk solids and Romano cheese: Like the cheddar cheese above, this comes from factory farms.

Partially hydrogenated oils: In case regular vegetable oils don’t do enough health damage, Frito/Lay shoots hydrogen through them–which multiplies the problems.

Disodium phosphate: Adding to your munching excitement, eating a lot of Doritos may bring the unhappy result of diarrhea. Perhaps getting the Doritos out of your system quickly is the healthful part.

Dextrose: In processed foods, this usually means corn syrup, a health enemy–especially to the liver. It can cause depression and fatigue, perhaps because it slurps up your body’s B vitamins.

Natural and artificial flavors: Usually from soy.

Artificial color – Yellow 5: Yellow 5 can spark hay fever and rashes. And anybody allergic to aspirin should avoid it.

Sodium caseinate: Our buddy, MSG, rears its ugly head again in this milk protein.

Disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate: Categorized as purines, these two trouble makers can aggravate gout big time. Adding to the merriment, they usually come from soy.

Then come more milk solids, more whey and more corn syrup.

This is healthful?

On the bright side, Doritos have garlic powder and bell peppers in them. Maybe that’s what the CEO had in mind when she described Doritos as healthful.

All I know is we have to get over this idea that everything on store shelves is good for us. Or even just okay for us. Fact is, a lot of it makes us sick.

If you want a handy, pocket-sized book that clues you in on which additives you can trust and which you can’t, look for a copy of the book Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not by Christine Hoza Farlow, D.C. I use my copy a lot.


Related articles of interest:

The 10 Worst Food Ingredients You Should Avoid Like the Plague

Are The Three S’s Killing You Softly?

The Type of Foods You Shouldn’t Touch With a Ten Foot Pole

The toxic product in your diet that even starving Kenyans won’t eat

Does it really cost more to buy healthy food?


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Bette Dowdell

A drunk driver damaged Bette Dowdell's pituitary gland shortly before her first birthday. Although doctors insisted for years that she was fine, her health drifted to a crash-and-burn event, and she realized her health was up to her.

Now she's happy to report she has energy all day, every day. She sleeps well. Colds, flu and headaches are all in the past. Optimism moved back in. Life is good.

Now Bette's sharing what she knows with others to help them take control of their health, too. People who become their own health advocate enjoy far better health than those that don't.

Bette grew up in The Salvation Army, where her parents were officers. Like the military, this Army life involved a lot of moving, and she attended ten schools, in nine cities, in three states before graduating from high school.

After college, Bette worked as an IBM Systems engineer, a small-company consultant and software company owner. She wrote the books How to be a Christian Without Being Annoying, On We March: A memoir of growing up in The Salvation Army and the e-book Pep For The Pooped: Discovering the Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Is Starving For.

She lives in the Phoenix area.


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  1. Anonymous says

    OK Bette you only mentioned 80% of the harmful ingredients, I will mention what is usually eaten with the chips, which is garbage again and again and this include a liter of soda to gulp it down, I hope people realize that the food pie and whatever these people are trying to accomplish are nothing but lies. JAM

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