Takis Blue Heat contains TBHQ and blue #1 which are included in our list of food additives to avoid for keto. Food additives are potentially harmful to health and should be avoided as much as possible.
Some of the original flavors include fuego, nitro, and guacamole, but the new limited-edition chips come in volcano queso and scorpion BBQ. The chips change color with every bite, and they warn on the bags that your tongue will most definitely change color too.
Takis, along with other spicy snacks like Hot Cheetos or Spicy Nacho Doritos, can irritate the lining of your stomach if you consume large amounts of them ( 11 , 12 ). This can sometimes contribute to gastritis, a condition characterized by stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting ( 13 ).
The good news is that — as you can see — most Takis are vegan! At least five of the most popular flavors don't contain any animal ingredients or byproducts! And these vegan flavors are also free from allergens such as dairy and eggs.
We also dreamt up all sorts of crazy things to make with them (Takis-crusted fried chicken?), but they're truly best eaten straight up. At most, a good ranch dip or anything creamy would be a good accompaniment to mellow out the sour spiciness.
Unlike Takis, the heat from Cheetos builds over time. Before you know it, the spice is tickling your throat. Some people say Takis are hotter, but in our view, you just taste the spice more quickly. Cheetos might actually deliver a purer spiciness.
“It isn't directly related to chips, but more the lifestyle and eating pattern,” said Raja. For some people, the spicy snacks can trigger feel-good brain chemicals. “They can be addictive. Your taste buds' pleasure centers react to them in a very positive way,” said Raja.