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Are Doritos Bad For You?

Also Known As: Doritos tortilla chips



Short answer

Yes, Doritos are bad for you. They are loaded with artificial flavors, chemicals, GMOs, and many other health hazards.



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Long answer

Doritos proudly advertise about their large variety of flavors, but how do they really get a chip to taste like “Tuna Mayo”, “Winter Crab”, or “Hamburger”? It takes a lot of food additives to create those unusual flavors that so many people savor. The first ingredient on the package is corn. They forgot to add in that it is actually genetically modified corn. In addition to the chips being largely created with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), most of its flavor comes from Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG), salt, and sugar: the trifecta of unhealthy additives. That alone is enough to answer the question at hand, but it doesn’t stop there! Add in some partially hydrogenated oils, Yellow dye 5, Yellow dye 6, and Red dye 40 and fry it up in vegetable oil and they have basically created a completely artificial food.

All of the flavors of those popular chips can quickly increase your pant size. One bag contains an average of (depending on the flavor) 8g of fat, 150 calories, and 18g of carbohydrates. That is a large fat content for a small snack or just a side with your lunch. The sodium content, at 180mg, was actually lower than expected, considering all the additives.

Many of the additives and ingredients are known for causing inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be the root of numerous ailments such as diabetes, migraines, mental illness, celiac, asthma, body pain, arthritis and many more diseases and symptoms. The number of symptoms and illness that lead to inflammation are extensive. It is important to be cognizant of all foods and additives that contribute to inflammation. In a world with processed food dominating the supermarkets and restaurants, you may be surprised where you might find it.

Many people find Doritos enticing because of the various flavors. Always remember that good flavor comes from real food and in order to make a chip taste like “hamburgers” or “Winter Crabs” you can guarantee it was created in a lab.

Possible short-term side effects

  • dehydration
  • allergic reaction
  • hyperactivity in children

Possible long-term side effects

  • inflammation
  • obesity
  • hypertension
  • alzheimer's disease
  • parkinson’s disease

Ingredients to be aware of


  • many flavors to choose from

Healthier alternatives

Our Wellness Pick (what is this?)

Beanitos White Bean Chips

  • Good protein source
  • High in fiber
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Tasty nacho flavor
  • Convenient 6 pack
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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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