Sunday, February 5, 2012

Product Review: Frito Lay

I was contacted a while ago by Frito Lay asking if I would be interested in receiving a few products in exchange for doing a review on my blog about what I received. I've been saving this post specifically for Super Bowl Sunday. I feel like the Super Bowl is almost like an American holiday. Even if you don't watch or care about football, it's sort of a traditional party day filled with yummy snacks. 

The chips arrived in a reusable bag and unlike most free green bags, it's easily one of the sturdiest and useful bags that I now own for grocery shopping. 

Onto the snacks! The chips they sent me were Hint of Lime Tostitos, Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips, and Classic Lays. 

First of all, Hint of Lime Tostitoes and Cheddar Sun Chips are not vegan. Based on that, I have to give them a big thumbs down on principal. However, they were eaten up by non vegan law school students in my apartment who, in their expert opinion, said they tasted "good." Haha, so much for that. Aside from the fact that they sent me the Cheddar kind, I do enjoy Sun Chips and I applaud their efforts to make biodegradable bags despite being thwarted by an idiotic general public. 

As for Classic Lays...oh man. They are crispy, salty, and ADDICTIVE! They are the most simple, perfect chip. Sure sometimes I want a nice kettle cooked or fancy Maui Onion or some other such thing, but nothing beats a simple Classic Lays.

Here's a few bits of info from Frito Lay about their products:
  • Many of our chips are made with three simple ingredients: potatoes or corn, oil and salt.
  • We use all-natural oils, such as corn and sunflower oils, so our chips have 0 grams trans fat.
  • Most of our chips contain less salt than you think!  A 1-oz serving of Lay’s® Classic potato chips has about the same amount of sodium as a slice of white bread.
  • We offer a Lightly Salted line of chips -- available in Lay’s® potato chips and Fritos® corn chips, which contain 50 percent less sodium than their regular counterparts.
  • All Lay’s® Classic potato chips, SunChips® multigrain snacks and Tostitos® tortilla chips are made with all natural ingredients, meaning they don’t contain any artificial flavors, artificial preservatives or MSG.
  • Many varieties of Tostitos® tortilla chips contain 8 grams of whole grain corn per serving, and SunChips ®multigrain snacks have 18 grams of whole grain and 2 grams fiber per serving.
  • Frito-Lay supports American farmers and buys the potatoes we use to make potato chips from 80+ farms across 27 states.
  • We use technologies that create renewable energy, such as solar panels and biomass boilers, in some of our manufacturing plants. 
  • Frito-Lay has the largest private, all-electric fleet of delivery trucks in the U.S.
  • All Frito-Lay manufacturing plants are taking measures to divert at least 99 percent of waste from landfills. One way we’re doing this is by reusing our shipping cartons up to six times before recycling them, helping reduce cardboard waste.

I'm always really hesitant about snack food companies labeling themselves as being healthy or environmentally forward thinking especially because it's really easy and highly unfortunate to get away with misleading labels. And apparently Frito Lay is even currently being sued over falsely labeling their products as being "all natural" while actually containing genetically modified ingredients. Personally, I think when it comes to junk food, it's all bad for you. But you know what, everyone likes to have an indulgence and dive off the deep the end now and then. I'm a big fan of everything in moderation and very little holds up to a nice salty chip. 

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