by Maria Crokos
Did you know?? The Dorito didn’t start out as the ﬂuorescent cheesy triangle we all know. First it was a regular, salted tortilla chip. And it was incredibly unpopular. Then, came the breakthrough. Frito Lay devised a way to import the savoury, satisfying taste of a taco onto a fried piece of cornmeal. All it took was the right ﬂavour chemicals. Voila! Born the Dorito.
It is virtually impossible to eat just one, two, even three Doritos. Try as you might, before you know it your hand has reached into the bag over and over again, it’s at least half gone, and your thumb and foreﬁnger are coated in that telltale orange dust. There’s no way you could ever pretend that you hadn’t just been eating the iconic nacho cheese-ﬂavoured chips — your stained digits are a dead giveaway (which of course you have to lick clean because washing your hands would be a tragic waste of ﬂavour). But as much as you love eating these chips, be it Cool Ranch, Cheese Supreme, or Salsa Verde, you probably don’t know all that much about your favourite snack.
As a certiﬁed health coach who spends time teaching about ingredients in our food, I am here to say this popular snack should be avoided at all costs as it’s made with unhealthy ingredients, preservatives and additives.
Here are 5 reasons why you need to avoid Doritos
1. They’re made with genetically modiﬁed corn
The ﬁrst ingredient on Doritos list is corn, but it’s actually genetically modiﬁed corn. GMOs have been linked to increase allergies and inﬂammation, as well as disorders affecting the digestive and reproductive systems.
2. The artiﬁcial colours aren’t good for you either
Ever wonder how Doritos get their classic orange shade? Well, it’s from a slew of hydrogenated oils and dyes including Yellow #5, Yellow # 6, and Red #40, which can each be harmful to your body. These dyes are made from petroleum and are considered toxic. For example, long-term side effects of eating Red #40 can include immune disorders, A.D.D. and A.D.H.D., especially in children.
3. That’s not all you’ll ﬁnd in there ….
In fact, most of Doritos’ ﬂavour comes from mono-sodium glutamate (MSG), salt, and sugar, a “trifecta” that can cause harm to your body if over consumed. Want to know why you can’t eat just one? MSG is a menacing ﬂavour enhancer found in almost all processed and packaged foods. This ﬂavour enhancer is linked to a host of health issues, including obesity, fatty liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain connection, and neurotoxicity. MSG intensiﬁes the tastiness of any treat, and this makes you desire it even more. It has shown to make us resistant to leptin (leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full). Why would you ever put down a snack if your brain never gets the message to stop eating it?
4. They’re fried in unhealthy oils
Doritos are fried in vegetable oils that have been processed and can lead to an increase of free radicals in the body. They’re also genetically modiﬁed and loaded with trans fats, which can cause inﬂammation, compromised immunity, increased circulation of bad estrogen, and a lack of nutrients.
5. The artiﬁcial ﬂavours are chemicals created in a lab
Flavours give your food a special “kick” that keeps you coming back for more thus increasing your cravings and pant size. The inability to stop eating because these ﬂavours trick your mind into wanting more and more. It takes a lot of food additives to create those unusual ﬂavours that so many people savour.
Most people are overeating these days, and more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, Canada and Australia not too far behind. Sadly, Greece has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Even worse, the proportion of overweight children in Greece is about 40%. Processed, artiﬁcially ﬂavoured foods like Doritos have a lot to do with this, as these chemicals make you eat more than you normally would.
I encourage everyone to always read the labels and understand what’s in your food. Once you understand what’s in it you have a better chance at staying away from it or at least limit your consumption of it. When you are empowered you see through the marketing antics spent by these Big Foods and can avoid eating Frakenfoods like these. Hopefully, next time you are strolling around the supermarket you skip the chip aisle.
Follow my Instagram page @wewelltogether where I teach about which dirty ingredients to avoid and show you how to read food labels and more. Maria Crokos is a certified holistic health coach living in Montreal,Canada. She earned her certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, the largest globally renowned nutrition school in the world. She is an advocate for women’s health, clean eating, especially for children, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.