Doritos is a snack made of ground corn, vegetable oil and salt plus flavors and seasoning. In my view, only plain Doritos Toasted Corn is what you can eat without taking risk of being intoxicated. Consider this: Nacho Cheese’s flavor is made by addition of 31 more ingredients to the basic 3 of the Toasted Corn! Doritos Cool Ranch contains 25 ingredients added for flavor and 3 artificial colorants. There are many types of red colored corn snacks on the market. Doritos Tapatio is one of the many. But despite the deceptive diversity of hot Doritos they have one most important thing in common: They may pose health risks because of the ingredients they contain. Let’s look at the Doritos Tapatio.
Of course, corn itself perhaps comes genetically modified.Based on the analysis of these ingredients, Dye Diet Calculator indicates that if you snacking with Doritos Tapatio, you take high Health Risk of 0.95 and get low Nutritional Value of 0.45 units.
Fooducate food rating system assigns Yellow C- to Doritos Tapatio and cites artificial coloring, MSG and high processing issues.
Yes, your bright red hot tortilla chips are red because of Red 40 Lake azo dye which is blamed for ADHD in children and may potentially trigger even cancer. Please see: Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks. There are many less risky and healthier alternatives on the market. All you need is just to read the labels and do not buy anything containing artificial colors at a very least. For example, you can try Trader Joe’s Bran Flakes instead for just $1.99 per half a kilo (17 OZ)!
Health Risk and Nutrition blocks in the Dye Diet Calculator come out green indicating 0.0 risk and good Nutritional Value of 3.25. No GMO and no artificial colors. Isn’t this nice? Accordingly, Fooducate comes up with Green B+ rating for Trader Joe’s Bran Flakes cereal.
Let we be more vigilant of what we bring into our bodies and by sorting out potentially harmful products, like spicy artificially colored Doritos, we will discourage manufacturers like Frito Lay from bringing more unhealthy food products on the market.