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Organic Doritos Have Arrived—But They’re Not Much Better Than The Original

Organic Doritos Have Arrived—But They’re Not Much Better Than The Original
Updated 9 months ago

Frito-Lay has joined the health craze by introducing a twist on a favorite snack: organic Doritos.

One goal of the "whole foods" movement is to reduce the number of ingredients in foods, many of which are preservatives. Doritos' new line, Simply, claims to be all natural.

But what actually is the difference between regular and organic Doritos?

Let's take a look at the ingredients list of regular old Nacho Cheese Doritos:

Corn, vegetable oil (sunflower, canola, and/or corn oil), maltodextrin (made from corn), salt, cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), whey, monosodium glutamate, buttermilk, Romano cheese (part-skim cow’s milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), whey protein concentrate, onion powder, corn flour, natural and artificial flavor, dextrose, tomato powder, lactose, spices, artificial color (including yellow 6, yellow 5, and red 40), lactic acid, citric acid, sugar, garlic powder, skim milk, red and green bell pepper powder, disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate.

Now look at the ingredients in organic White Cheddar Doritos:

Organic corn, organic expeller-pressed sunflower oil, organic cheddar cheese (milk, cheese, cultures, salt, enzymes), organic maltodextrin (made from corn), sea salt, organic see cream buttermilk, organic tomato powder, natural flavors, organic onion powder, organic butter (cream, salt), organic skim milk, organic spices, citric acid, organic garlic powder, organic cream, and lactic acid.


Organic Doritos have eight grams of fat and 170 milligrams of sodium, compared to eight grams of fat and 210 milligrams of sodium in normal Doritos. Not only that, but Organic Doritos somehow have an extra ten calories per serving.

So are you really doing yourself any good by eating organic junk food?

Just saying. If you're aiming for healthy, you can probably do better than this.