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Lay’s American Style Cream & Onion flavour from PepsiCo India, along with other flavored of Lays, is  consumed frequently and regularly  by many kids and adults in India.
It is a potato based product, deep fried in an unspecified vegetable oil and is high in simple starches, fat and calories and devoid of nutritive value. Starchy, salty, deep fried foods are  best avoided as they can cause  obesity and heart disease if consumed regularly.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The salt content in all snack foods sold in India are high and it is a matter of concern as people consume them in large quantities, it is not recommended for obese people and those with lifestyle diseases.
The Brand does not specify which edible vegetable oil is used in the preparation of the product and it is not responsible behaviour as the consumers have the right to know what ingredients is present in the product. Oxidized PUFA from heated vegetable oils is a serious food safety concern as it could lead to a range of lifestyle diseases including cancer.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product has no balanced nutritional value in it and cannot be a substitute to a wholesome meal. Consuming calorie dense and fatty food  with excess salt on a regular basis can cause the onset of lifestyle diseases and should be avoided to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The main component of this product is potato which is of a starchy base, which is then deep fried in vegetable oil. The macro or micro nutrient profile of this food is fairly one dimensional and devoid of nutritive value expected from a wholesome meal. In addition, as the vegetable oil used is not clearly specified, we  believe that it contains an Omega 6 rich oil which creates dietary balance problems of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Ingredients of concern in Lay’s American Style Cream & Onion flavour

Edible Vegetable Oil
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA. In addition, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.
High sodium diets have been known to be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. The recommended daily intake of salt is between 1-3 grams.
Added flavour (Nature & Nature Identical flavouring substances)
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Potato
  • Milk Products: Milk solids, cheese powder (1.4%)
  • Spices & Condiments: onion powder, parsley powder, pepper powder
  • Starch

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