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Cheetos puffs contains enriched corn meal (corn meal, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), vegetable oil (corn, canola, and or sunflower oil), cheese seasoning, (whey, cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), canola oil, maltodextrin (made from corn), salt, whey protein concentrate, monosodium glutamate, natural and artificial flavors, lactic acid, citric acid, artificial color (yellow 6), and salt.
It contains 300 mg sodium or 0.8 gm salt in a serving of 28 gm pack. 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.
It contains edible vegetable oil- corn, canola and/or sunflower oil. 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.
This product is an HFSS (High Fat Sugar or Salt) product and is not suitable for people at risk of lifestyle diseases or the obese. Such HFSS products are not suitable for children. Even healthy people must consume HFSS products rarely and only in small quantities.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
This product is an HFSS product in a starchy base.
It is not recommended for children. It cannot be recommended for people who are susceptible to lifestyle diseases like hypertension, type 2 diabetes or the obese.
In addition, the oil used in the product is PUFA rich. Being a deep fried product, this makes oxidised PUFA a a possible food toxicity source and also creates a concern due to lack of balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating: 2 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
Pepsico Cheetos Puffs is an HFSS product. This food is a very poor meal replacement and is best not consumed except as a very rarely consumed snack and that too only by a healthy person.
Ingredients of concern in Cheetos Puffs With Real Cheese

Edible vegetable oil- Corn, Canola, Sunflower Oil
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, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
Salt
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.
Artificial Flavours
This product does not specify the chemical names of the flavours used and does not mention the quantity used either. While we understand that the legal labelling requirements allow this practice, we find it irresponsible that brands do not self disclose.  
Some people are allergic to some of these chemicals and others may want to avoid them. Consumers have a right to know and decide.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Enriched corn meal (corn meal, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid),
  • Cheese seasoning, (whey, cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, enzymes),
  • Maltodextrin (made from corn),
  • Whey protein concentrate,
  • Monosodium glutamate,
  • Natural flavors,
  • Lactic acid,
  • Citric acid,
  • Artificial color (yellow 6).

 
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