Are Takis Bad For You?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Are takis bad for you? Takis are high in calories, fat, sodium, and it is deficient in quite a bit of micronutrients. So the essential nutrients that your body needs from foods is minimal from takis.

One ounce/one bag of Takis contains the following nutrients:

Calories: 140

Protein: 2 grams

Fat: 8 grams

Carbs: 6 grams

Sodium: 16% of the Daily Value

Calcium: 4% of the Daily Value

Iron: 2% of the Daily Value

Are takis bad for you?

One of the negative things of eating Takis is the high sodium content. 390 mg of sodium is a 1-ounce package. And that is a lot of sodium and although sodium intake is important for health reasons. But too much sodium can be linked to high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure or take high blood pressure medication it is best to make sure your sodium intake is at low levels.

Research has shown that increased consumption of sodium can lead to a higher risk of stomach cancer.

Takis are highly processed and refined. And studies have shown that eating processed foods may be linked to higher risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

There was a study that showed 184,000 people that consumed a high amount of processed food were 39% more likely to be overweight or obese. Another study showed of over 44,000 people that a high consumption of processed foods was tied to a higher risk of death over an average of 7 years.

Takis can potentially trigger digestive issues like gastritis or IBS- (Irritable Bowl Syndrome). Gastritis is a condition that causes stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. Takis is also a spicy snack that can potentially irritate the lining of your stomach.

There was another study on over 520 people who had gastritis and over 25% of them reported that their symptoms were triggered by eating spicy foods.

In some cases, spicy foods, or snacks like takis can trigger gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms such as heartburn or indigestion. So, it is important to be mindful if you experience any of these types of symptoms especially if you consume a Taki snack.

The Bottom Line is if you plan on consuming Takis you should do it within moderation. Takis is not considered a healthy snack because it is high in sodium, and it is highly processed and refined. If you look at Takis as a cheat snack, then it will put it in better perspective for you in terms of how much you should eat it.

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