Who is not familiar with Cheetos? It’s that cheese corn puff snack that is produced by Frito Lay and has Chester Cheetah as its mascot! Now I’m pretty sure that most of us have tried Cheetos at some point of our lives.
Cheetos is marketed globally and is one of the largest brands of snacks of its kind. This snack is also known for having shapes that resemble various things or people as a result of its unpredictable manufacturing process. And those unique Cheetos pieces have become sought-after collection items worth tens or hundreds of dollars.
Now, what are the health benefits of hot Cheetos? But before that, we should also know what the success behind the hot Cheetos is and also what it is made of.
The Success Behind Hot Cheetos
The hot Cheetos is actually a variant of Cheetos, the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, which is currently reaching its peak in popularity. The success of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos becomes even more viral after the success story was first initiated by a janitor in the Frito Lay plant in Southern California. The janitor, named Enrico “Richard” Montanez took the rejected plain pieces of Cheetos home because the production machine broke during assembly, hence the Cheetos pieces were not sprinkled with cheese powders like how it is supposed to be.
At home he sprinkled the Cheetos with chili powder, as he was inspired by the Mexican style grilled corn with lime and chili. He then tested it out to his family and friends, which their responses turned out to be positive before he tried pitching to his bosses. This innovation caught the attention of the Frito Lay executives, in which Montanez challenged them because he wanted to be the new executive.
Montanez then was challenged by the bosses to prepare a presentation for two weeks, and over that course of time, he enriches himself with knowledges of marketing and preparing a design of product package. His presentation to the CEO became a success and it didn’t take long for Montanez’s career to skyrocket high up across the corporate levels of PepsiCo to the executive level. Today, he often gives inspirational talks and presents to other companies on the importance of diversity in businesses.
Ingredients of Hot Cheetos
Per fooducate.com, these are the ingredients of the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos;
Enriched Corn Meal (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil, Flaming Hot Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Salt, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Artificial Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Cheddar Cheese, Whey, Onion Powder, Whey Protein Concentrate, Corn Syrup Solids, Natural Flavourings, Buttermilk, Garlic Powder, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Caseinate, Lactic Acid, Salt, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate
Nutritional Facts of the Hot Cheetos
(Serving Size of 28 grams)
(All numbers presented are based on amount per serving)
- Calories per Serving – 170Kcal
- Calories from Fat – 100Kcal
- Total Fat – 11g
- Total Saturated Fat -1.5g
- Sodium – 250g
- Carbohydrate – 15g
- Dietary Fibre – 0.25g
- Protein – 2g
- Iron – 0.36mg
Health Benefits of Hot Cheetos
Here are the information of health benefits of hot cheetos:
- Cheese as a Source of Calcium, Protein, and Some Other Minerals
As we all know, cheese is essential for strengthening our bones, thanks to benefits calcium as well as for the building of bodily tissues through protein. Not only that, cheese also contains wealthy resources of vitamins A and B12 for teeth plus skeletal maintenance and efficient metabolism respectively, riboflavin, zinc as well as phosphorus.
- Corn as a Source of Carbohydrates
Just like all cereal grains, corn is predominantly composed of health benefits of carbohydrates. Of all carbohydrates found inside corn, starch is takes up the majority of the dry weight from 28-80%. This could be wonderful for building up energy to carry out your day!
- Corn also Contains Some Protein and Fibre
Other than that, health benefits of corn also contains fair amounts if protein and fibre, reaching 42-64% and 10-15% of the daily intake respectively. On the other hand, one should take note that the protein quality of corn is of the middle-low level because it lacks essential amino acids.
- Chili, Which Has Extremely High Vitamin C Content as well as Other Healthy Goodnesses
Chili is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C and E. Chili contains up to 70% more vitamin C benefits to that of orange, which works even better in protecting the immune system against the spread of diseases. Chili also aids digestion, which can also help you to slim down because it burns calories easily. Meanwhile, among other healthy goodnesses that come from chili are stimulating appetite as well as clearing the lungs.
- Vegetable Oil and Its Numerous Healthy Potentials It Carries
Vegetable soil is extracted from oil-bearing seeds such as olives, soybeans, corn, as well as palm nuts. Despite being 100% fat, however vegetable oils are not as risky as other kinds of lipids. Vegetable oils helps to improve metabolism, decrease the risk of both breast cancer and cardiovascular diseases, contains omega-3 fatty acids.
Vegetable oils, particularly olive oil improve metabolism because it contains phenolic compounds that contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-blood clotting properties. Olive oil and other types of vegetable oil are thought to decrease the risk of breast cancer as claimed by an Italian research done in 1995. Meanwhile, omega-3 prevents cardiovascular diseases, and promotes both healthy brain and heart functions.
- Cheetos is Made of 100% Whole Grain!
Whole grains are sure a great source for fibre and other nutrients. Fibre is one of the most vital parts of our diet, that helps to process food from end to end, as well as stabilizing blood sugar levels from carbohydrates. These are also the 37 health benefits of fennel seed.
Precautions and Warnings
Just like any other junk food, the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos also contains these several disadvantages;
- Artificial food colouring that may lead to hypersensitivity in kids, cancer and allergies.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG), despite its ability to enhance food flavour a lot, it is also a major contributor to high blood pressure, obesity, and other adverse reactions.
- Beware of any trans-fats that result in an increase of heart disease risk due to an incline in bad cholesterol (LDL) and a decline in good cholesterol (HDL).
Those are the health benefits of the phenomenal Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Although apparently there seem to be more disadvantages than advantages, consumption is still fine if you do it once in a while.