Are Takis Chips Bad For You

Takis are rolled tortilla chip snacks (similar to the deep fried taquitos), produced in Mexico and distributed/imported by Barcel USA LLC. They are commonly a crunchy snack seasoned with lemon powder and coated with salsa.

They come in different flavors with varying heat intensities, including:

  • Salsa Brava (Hot Sauce);
  • Fuego (Hot Chili Pepper & Lemon);
  • Xplosion (a spicy cheese-flavored/chili pepper variety);
  • Crunchy Fajita (Taco Flavored);
  • Guacamole (a spicy snack topped with a style of salsa guacamole);
  • Takis Nitro (Habanero & Lime).

Ingredients

These chips contain – palm oil, corn masa flour, seasoning which includes salt, natural flavors, sugar, soy protein, citric acid, hot chili pepper, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, sodium diacetate, maltodextrin, sodium inosinate, artificial flavors, onion powder, vegetal oil, canola oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sodium guanylate, silicate dioxide, chili extract, baking soda, and 2 percent or less of antioxidants and traces of lime.

Are Takis Chips Bad For You?

Short answer – Avoid! More information below:

Saturated Fat – 2.5g/serving

Saturated fat is a harmful type of fat and a diet high in saturated fat ultimately leads to a soft, waxy substance, called cholesterol, to build up in the arteries. This condition is known as arteriosclerosis (also referred as hardening of the arteries), which can occur in an artery located anywhere in the human body, such as – the legs, heart, and kidneys.

Usually, atherosclerosis produces no signs and symptoms until plaque ruptures, or the blood flow is very restricted, that takes many years (decades) to occur. However, the first signs and symptoms of the hardening of the arteries can start to develop during adolescence.

Also, consuming foods high in saturated fats raises the calorie content of the diet, which increases the chance of becoming obese or overweight – another important risk factor for some types of cancer, back problems, and heart disease.

Moreover, recent research strongly associates saturated fat consumption with a decreased pancreas secretion of insulin. This issue may lead to type 2 diabetes Mellitus.

Some studies suggest that swapping one percent of saturated fat calories from your regular diet for any other macronutrient can add approximately a whole year of aging length onto your telomeres.

These are the caps at the end of a strand of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) which protect your chromosomes (a DNA molecule with part or all of the genome), similar to the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.

Sodium – 420mg/serving  

Sodium, one of the main ingredients in table salt – about 40%, helps transmit messages between muscle fibers and nerves as well as it regulates blood pressure and flow.

Too much sodium in the regular diet may have the following adverse effects:

  • a build-up of fluid, especially in people with cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, or kidney disease;
  • hypertension in some individuals – this occurs because high levels of sodium in the diet significantly increase the amount of water in the body, particularly the volume of your blood. The extra blood in the cardiovascular system pushes against blood vessel walls and, ultimately, leads to hypertension.
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Note – children aren’t immune to the adverse effects of too much sodium in the diet either. For example, more than 90% of 4-18-year-olds and more than three-quarters of 1-3-year-olds in the United States get too much sodium. This nutritional habit increases notably their risk of hypertension.

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer usually added to canned vegetables, Chinese food, processed meats, chips, and soups.

Frequent side effects associated with a regular consumption of monosodium glutamate, include – eye damage, obesity, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, depression, disorientation, tingling, gastrointestinal problems, rapid heartbeat, and numbness. Other reported adverse effects of consumption of foods containing monosodium glutamate include – swelling of the skin, skin rashes, and nasal itching, congestion, and sneezing.

Monosodium glutamate is also an excitotoxin, which means that this flavor enhancer overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, may lead to brain damage, and potentially even worsening or triggering learning disabilities.

Canola Oil

Canola oil is a genetically modified product and is a Canadian invention which is backed by Canada’s government. It is cheap to manufacture and you can find it in various processed or packaged foods.

Although canola oil is high in polyunsaturated fats (fat molecules which have more than one unsaturated carbon bond in the molecule), the majority of them have already turned into trans fats or gone rancid. Moreover, this oil is even more dangerous when hydrogenated (hydrogen is added to it), that is usually found in processed foods.

Note – manufacturers hydrogenate the oil since it prolongs the shelf life of processed foods.

Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Consuming partially hydrogenated vegetable soybean oil negatively impacts the health of your heart. It is believed that these types of oils may actually be worse than consuming fully hydrogenated oils or saturated fats.

Sodium Diacetate

It is a colorless solid that is usually used as an antimicrobial agent in seasonings. It is a salt of acetic acid. Side effects of eating foods with this food additive include – excessive hydration, nausea, dizziness, and sodium overload.

References

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/food-safety/article
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20968043

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