This article reveals the differences between Lay’s Stax and Pringles:
It is a potato chip snack food that is produced by Frito-Lay (an American subsidiary of PepsiCo which produces, markets, and sells potato chips, corn chips, and other snack foods). These chips are manufactured in Mexico.
In the US, with a 65% share of the market, Frito-Lay North America is the main player in the salty snack category.
It is an American brand of potato and wheat-based stackable snack chips. These chips became nationally distributed across the US in 1975. The inventor of Pringles brand potato chips was Alexander Liepa.
In 2012, Procter & Gamble sold The Pringles brand to Kellogg’s (an American multinational food-manufacturing company) for $2.7 billion. The acquisition of the brand makes Kellogg the 2nd-largest savory snacks company worldwide.
In the present day, Pringles is worth over $1 billion a year in revenue and is sold in over 140 countries.
The Pringles slogan is “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop.”
Ingredients found in Lay’s Stax are:
- citric acid;
- dehydrated potatoes;
- vegetable oil;
- soy lecithin;
- potato starch;
- mono- and diglycerides;
- rice flour.
Ingredients found in Pringles are:
- Colour (Annatto);
- Dehydrated Potatoes;
- Yeast Powder;
- Vegetable Oils (Corn, Sunflower);
- Yeast Extract;
- Rice Flour;
- Wheat Starch;
- Emulsifier (E471);
- Corn Flour.
50 grams serving of Lay’s Stax contains:
- Iron 2%;
- Calories 250;
- Calcium 2%;
- Fat 14g 22%;
- Vitamin C 4%;
- Sodium 250mg 10%;
- Protein 3g;
- Sugars 2g;
- Dietary Fiber 2g 9%;
- Carbohydrate 30g 10%.
50 grams serving of Pringles contains:
- Calories 268;
- Protein 1.8g;
- Total Fat 16.1g;
- Dietary Fiber 1.8g;
- Total Carbohydrate 26.8g;
- Calcium 35.7mg;
- Sodium 286mg.
Lay’s Stax can be found in the following flavors:
- Korean Barbecue;
- Sweet Thai Chili;
- All-American Cheeseburger;
- Sour Cream and Onion;
- Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins;
- Scampi and Lemon;
- Salt and Vinegar;
- Buffalo Ranch;
- Cheese and Onion;
- Chile Lemon;
- Original Salted;
- Mesquite Barbecue;
- Dill Pickle;
- Hot’n Spicy Barbecue;
- Jalapeño Pepper Jack.
Pringles can be found in the following flavors:
- Cheesy Quesadilla;
- 100 Calorie Packs Original;
- Chile y Limón;
- Chili Cheese Potato Crisps;
- Bacon & Cheese Potato;
- Cheez Ummms Mild Jalapeño Cheddar;
- Bacon Ranch;
- Family Faves Cheddar BBQ;
- Baked Wheat Stix Cheese;
- Fat-Free Barbecue Potato Crisps;
- Baked Wheat Stix Honey Butter;
- Extreme Blazin’ Buffalo Wing;
- Baked Wheat Stix Pizza;
- Torchin’ Tamale;
- Blueberry & Hazelnut;
- Bourbon Barbecue Chicken;
- Family Faves Taco Night;
- Bruschetta Potato Crisps;
- Frank’s Red Hot Wing Buffalo;
- Buffalo Ranch Dip;
- Loaded Baked Potato;
- Cheddar & Sour Cream;
- French Onion Dip;
- Cheez-Ummms 4 Cheese;
- Multi-Grain Cheesy Cheddar;
- Cheddar Cheese Lightly Salted;
- Loud Mighty Margherita Pizza;
- Restaurant Cravers Mozzarella Sticks & Marinara;
- Cheesy Fries Potato Crisps;
- Pinch of Pepperjack Cheese Tortilla Chips;
- Ranch-Rageous Flavored Potato Crisps;
- Select Sun-Dried Tomato Potato Crisps;
- Cheez Ummms Cheddar & Sour Cream;
- Food Truck Flavors Kickin’ Chicken Taco;
- Loud Zesty Ranch Corn Crisps;
- Game Time Philly Cheesesteak;
- Sour Cream ‘N Onion Potato Crisps;
- Select Bold Crunch Potato Southwestern Barbecue;
- Wisconsin White Cheddar Potato Crisps.
Mono and Diglycerides
Monoglycerides and diglycerides allow ingredients which do not normally combine well, like – water and oil, to stay in a solution together as they help in emulsification.
They make up around 1% of the glycerides you consume, according to an evaluation by the World Health Organization.
Monoglycerides contain small amounts of trans fats, a form of unsaturated fat that:
- lower HDL cholesterol levels;
- raise LDL cholesterol levels;
- promote inflammation.
Trans fats are also associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and diabetes.
Dextrose is chemically identical to glucose (blood sugar) and is the name of a simple sugar which is produced from corn. Dextrose has numerous uses in medicine and food, including as a treatment for dehydration and low blood sugar as well as a sweetener.
Overconsumption of dextrose, however, can lead to many side effects, especially for people with certain health conditions, including type 2 diabetes mellitus. Possible side effects include:
- skin dryness;
- increased thirst;
- swelling of arms, lips, face, and legs;
- frequent urination;
- upset stomach;
- running short of breath;
- general fatigue.
Lecithin is a generic term for naturally occurring fatty compounds found in plant and animal tissues. Soy lecithin (produced from soybeans) can be found in everything from tea bags to salad dressing.
It is generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, but, some people can experience the following side effects:
- abdominal pain or fullness;
In addition, soy lecithin is strongly estrogenic (estrogens are a group of hormones which have an essential role in the normal reproductive development in females), according to a study that was issued in Food and Chemical Toxicology.
Annatto is a food dye derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (scientifical name – Bixa Orellana). It is commonly used to impart an orange and yellow color to foods, however, occasionally, also for its aroma and flavor.
Overconsumption may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a 2007 study done by the British Food Standards Agency.
50 grams of Pringles contains about 286 milligrams of sodium, a mineral which helps regulate the amount of water in your body. But, one of the biggest side effects of consuming too much sodium is its effect on the cardiovascular system.
Also, individuals who consume high-sodium diets generally urinate more due to the excess water. Additionally, people with a high sodium intake have a 68 percent higher risk of stomach cancer than people with a low sodium intake, according to a large review with 268,718 study participants.
Bottom Line – Lay’s Stax vs Pringles
In conclusion, both potato chips contain some ingredients that may have detrimental effects on your health, Pringles seems to be safer as it has significantly fewer ingredients than Lay’s Stax.
Also, some people reported that they cut their hand when trying to get the chips at the bottom of the container, whereas Stax is not made in the United States.
However, one plus for Lay’s Stax is that they are gluten-free. Gluten-free foods are good for people with Celiac disease, a severe gluten (a protein found in grains like wheat) intolerance.
Sources https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16438291 https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/12/e006671 https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/ https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/89/3/773/4596697