Sunday, 20 May 2012

Doritos and Dips – A Guide to Calories

Doritos – the UK’s number one tortilla chip! That’s according to the Doritos website and who am I to question them. Doritos dominate the supermarket snack shelves. Their tortilla corn chips are available in no less than seven varieties with seven types of dips and salsa to choose from.

They also come in different sized packs ranging from the popular sharing sized 225g bag, to smaller 175g packs and individual serving sized 30g bags.

Doritos are the ideal snack to sit down and enjoy a movie with. But if you’re not careful, you could find yourself clocking up an enormous amount of calories.

There’s not much difference in the calorie count between the various flavours of Doritos tortilla chips, but eating more than a single serving (so easy to do) is where you’ll start gaining calories.

The recommended serving size of Doritos tortilla chips is 30g. This provides 155 calories. But if you’re munching through a 175g pack on your own, you’ll be eating 885 calories. Or worse, if you get carried away with 225g bag, then be prepared to consume 1,138 calories. And that’s not counting the dips!

A 30g serving size of Cool Original Doritos
Tortilla corn chips are just made to go with salsa and dips, but these too can make a big difference to the overall calorie count. The recommended serving size for dips is 40g which is just over 1/7th of a 300g jar.

Here’s a look at the calories per recommended serving size (40g) of different Doritos dips

Calories per 40g

Mild Salsa
Hot Salsa
Flamin BBQ
Red Pepper & Paprika
Red Pepper & Pepperoni
Nacho Cheese
Sour Cream & Chives

Just quarter of a jar of Nacho Cheese dip with a 175g bag of corn chips comes to over 1,053 calories. This is around half the recommended daily calorie intake for the average women.

Instead, stick to the portion size of 30g and opt for any of the ‘red’ dips. These all have tomato as the main ingredient which dramatically lowers the calories. Sticking to the serving sizes of 30g of Doritos and 40g of Mild Salsa and you’ll be consuming just 168 calories!

Nutrition Information for Doritos Cool Original Corn Chips per 30g serving: 152 calories, 2.5g protein, 17.1g carbohydrate, 0.8g sugar, 8.1g fat, 0.9g saturates, 0.9g fibre, 0.55g salt

Doritos Varieties available: Tangy Cheese, Cool Original, Chilli Heatwave, Jalapeno Fire, Lightly Salted, Hint of Lime and BBQ Rib.

Calories in a 175g bag of Doritos = 885
Calories in a 225g bag of Doritos = 1,138 (One pack contains 7-8 servings).

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