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Lay’s Maxx Macho Chilli Flavour is a product from PepsiCo India.
It is a potato based product, deep fried in an unspecified vegetable oil and is high in simple starches, fat, salt and devoid of any significant nutritive value.  It is disappointing that the 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 and certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess.
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: 3 (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The salt content in all snack foods sold in India is high and it is a matter of concern as people consume them in large quantities, we are alarmed why the brand does not mention the exact quantity of salt in it. 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.
This product is not recommended for obese people and those with lifestyle diseases.
Lay’s Maxx does not specify which edible vegetable oil is used in the preparation of the product, consumers have the right to know what ingredients are 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: 3 (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 as also toxicity from oxidised PUFA from high heat frying.
Ingredients of concern in Lay’s Maxx Macho Chilli 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.
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.
Other ingredients that are in the product but not a major source of concern in our opinion are:

  • Potato
  • Sugar
  • Spices & Condiments: Chilli powder, onion powder, ginger and garlic powder
  • Spice extract
  • Citric acid
  • Tomato powder
  • Tartaric acid

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