Cheetos are a popular brand of chips that are known for their bumpy appearance and bright orange coloring. One bite from a Cheeto will leave a telltale powdery residue on your hands for hours to come.
But would you ever imagine Cheetos could contain pork? The actual ingredients in Cheetos may surprise you.
Many cheese-flavored snacks include enzymes that come from a variety of sources, including animals and vegetables. In general, some Cheetos products may contain pork, but the majority of them do not.
In an attempt to create delicious snacks everyone can enjoy, Frito Lay has removed the pork enzymes from many of its signature products. Currently, there are several pork-free options in the Cheeto family, which include:
- CHEETOS Baked Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks
- CHEETOS Cheddar Flavored Popcorn
- CHEETOS Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks
- CHEETOS Puffs Cheese Flavored Snacks
- CHEETOS Puff Flamin’ Hot Cheese Flavored Snacks
Many varieties within these categories do not contain pork, so it is best to simply look at the nutrition label and check it out for yourself the next time you reach for a bag of these cheesy-good snacks.
Pork enzymes also referred to as porcine enzymes, have a very specific purpose in some cheesy snacks. They are used in the development of the rich cheese flavor that is so delicious in cheese seasonings that are used on popular snacks. This helps the maker to develop a flavor that is unique to each specific product.
The process of converting milk into cheese is sped up through the use of pork enzymes and enzymes from other animal or vegetable sources.
Available in bulk-sized bags miniature sacks, it is quite easy to take a Cheeto snack with you wherever you go. As a favorite snack of toddlers and adults, alike, Cheetos are a namesake product of the Frito Lay brand.
Simply put, Frito Lay is moving toward a process of eliminating pork enzymes from their cheesy good Cheeto products. This benefits consumers who have pork restrictions in their diet forreasons that are:
Products that use a rennet source that is derived from animals cannot label themselves as vegetarian-friendly products. Cheetos has eliminated its use of pork enzymes in many of its products.
Now, any of these cheese snacks without pork are considered to be vegetarian. Once again, individuals following a vegetarian diet can enjoy Cheetos snacks.
Those who are interested in the presence of pork in their Cheetos product may also wonder if they are dairy-free.
You probably are already guessed the answer to this question, since Cheetos are covered in a signature cheese powder. However, the answer is “yes,” all variations of Cheetos have milk in them.
Although Frito Lay does manufacture some kosher products, Cheetos are not on that list.