What Happened To My "Lay's" POTATO CHIPS? Somethings Wrong!

United States
March 7, 2007 1:25am CST
Today I bought a bag of my favorite potatoes chips - Lay's Classic. I finally opened it tonight put some into a bowl. After snacking on a few, I noticed something different. They seemed harder and tasted different. So I got the bag, thinking that the chips had past it's expiration date. The date said April 24th, so that wasn't the problem. So I ate more and noticed the difference even more. I looked at the bag again and the answer was written at the top of the bag. (O grams Trans Fat) Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat that has been recently been regulated here in the United States. The claim is that trans fats increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Potato chips and french fries have been cooked in trans fats such as Crisco Oil since the early 1900s. Now the government has stepped in and regulated it and banned it in some cases. Well I think the government should stay out of my business and let me eat what I want to eat. It's not like I'm going to eat 10 pounds of potato chips a day. Anyway my favorite potato chip now has the texture of Doritos and taste bland. I sure wish they would give us a choice instead of just banning it. After all, some of us know how to do things in moderation. What do you think? Lloyd
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26 responses
• Canada
8 Mar 07
When I was in Weight Watchers many years ago, I remember vividly that we had a potato chip discussion one evening. We were told that Pringles wanted to jump on the "low fat" bandwagon and produce a chip that would appeal to that market. Evidently, the chip that resulted by cutting the fat tasted so bad that they knew it would fail. So, they supposedly INCREASED the fat in their regular, original chip so that they could market the "old original" as now being lower in fat! I don't promise this is accurate... but I'm just relaying what we were told. I think you're right, Lloyd... I feel quite capable of making my own food choices and deciding what's right and wrong for me personally. I don't need someone to decide for me!
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I wouldn't put it past them that the would do something like that. Marketing people can be sneeky sometimes. I agree, we are capable of making our own food choices. We know what's right or wrong. Diet and excersise is the key. I try to eat fruits and vegables everyday. Thanks. Lloyd
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@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Yeah, its definately those trans fats. I think they have been trans fat free for a while though, which is still disconcerting because they are some of the greasiest things you can eat! I agree that the government shouldn't be involved in what we can or can't eat, look at NYC where the entire city banned trans fats... What?!
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I think that allowing the government to be so involved in our daily lives will be a disaster. We better watch out. Who knows where they will stop? I'm amazed that so many people think that it is ok for them to look after us. Not me. Lloyd
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I've heard of this card. How far away are they from implimenting it? And is it for a speific state or the whole United States? Thanks. Lloyd
@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Great point! I've noticed that certain things are tasting different also. Now not everyone is overweight or obese and some people CAN control what they eat...so I don't see how they can just get all these people "addicted" to these things, and then take them away!?! Whats next?? ....
• United States
7 Mar 07
I think the government would be better off focusing on the 45 million Americans without health care. Or how about providing better care for the wounded soldiers coming back from all these wars we are fighting? It seems like their priorities are out of wack. Lloyd
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Yes it certainly does! I'm not even going to get started on all the questions I have for the government....I'm to the point right now that I could move somewhere far far away and be perfectly content to be miles and miles and miles from the nearest person! lol This world is going down hill rather quickly and the ones leading us down the hill are the rats that are robbing us blind...Our Great Leaders....YEAH RIGHT!!
@JBTECH (26)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I love the original Lay's chips. You have a great point. I have also noticed that. I thought that I was the only one that has noticed that. That sucks with the regalations about how the way things are done now. They really need to stay out away from the classics. It's crap what they are doing. They need to LAYOFF! Big time!
• United States
8 Mar 07
Many people here have said that they've noticed the change also. Hopefully they will rethink this decision. Thanks. Lloyd
@moonmagick (1458)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I think that they should make 2 versions. Much the same way they did when they had the WOW ones a while back. The ones that gave some people very negative side effects. I mean when I got to buy cheese for instance, I get to choose if I want whole fat, reduced fat, low fat or no fat. It is much the same way with just about everything out there. I think that you should have the same choices for chips.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
You are right. We should be able to make our own choices. Could you imagine if they decided to only sell low fat milk? I don't think the public would go for it. Thanks. Lloyd
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• United States
8 Mar 07
In my opinion, I think that we should have the choice, as we are the consumers of the products.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
I agree with you. Big Brother should be taking care of more pressing issues. How about providing health care to the 45 million American who are uninsured? I want the same insurance coverage that my Congress Person and Senators have. Lloyd
@KrisNY (7593)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I didn't know that the government stepped in on this issue too. OK so I'm a Wavy Lays eater- I like the consistency-- I haven't noticed any change in them yet.. It seems like everything is changing- McDonalds fries, Lays chips.. I agree America has a weight problem.. But I think it shouls be up to us- as parents or adults on what we want to eat. I hope you find another favorite chip. Try the Wavy kind!
• United States
8 Mar 07
I just might give a Wavy kind a chance. I like snacking on some chips every so often. Right now I'll stick to my sunflower seeds. I don't think that they can mess with them. Lloyd
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Before writing this response I went and check my bag of chips (Lay's Classic is my favorite) and they tasted just as good as usual, actually I am eating some now and they taste yummy and also have 0 grams trans fat.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Well I did notice the difference. That's why I went back and checked the expiration date. They just seem harder and taste a little bland to me. I'm glad you still enjoy them though. Thanks. Lloyd
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I too wish they had left them alone! They were one of the few chips I could eat. They have lost my business. Maybe if enough consumers stop buying the new ones they will change them back!
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I really don't wish them bad, however I'm not buying them anymore. I just don't like the way they taste anymore. They are harder and taste pretty bland to me. Thanks. Lloyd
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
Personally I don't think companies should be allowed to put poison in food, no matter how good it makes the stuff taste.
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• Canada
7 Mar 07
You hit the nail on the head with your last sentence. "Some of us know how to do things in moderation." The problem is that most of us don't. There are many overweight people out there and the key to changing this kind of lifestyle is Education. The goverment don't do enough in the way od educating the masses about healthy foods and what certain chemicals and preservatives are good or bad for us. It's not just about eating fruit and vegetables a couple of times a day. It's about consistently making changes and also about exercising, and thats where people go wrong. I'm not stick thin, nor am I fat, but I eat healthily and am saving for a 3 in 1 rowing machine. I'm doing this in order to be healthy, and to take care of myself while I still have the opportunity.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I believe the government should do more in the case of educating the the amsses about healthy foods, but because of the lobbying of these huge food and chemical companies they look the other way. The bottom line is that we have to make our own choices. When you go to the doctor and he tells you to cut back on this or that , that should be your warning. Banning certain things for all of us because of a few is not the American way. Thanks for you opinion. Lloyd
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@classy56 (2884)
• United States
7 Mar 07
sounds like the goverment needs to leave potatoes chips alone.lol.an put back the trans fats.{the trans fats is what makes them taste so good"..i think the goverment should let the makers of product make 2 kinds of each thing 1 with trans fat,an another 1 without trans fat.then we can choose wich one we want to eat."than if we get fat an have heart desease that its our own fault,,but we should have the right to choose what we eat.without the goverment telling us.what good an what not good for us.
• United States
7 Mar 07
Thanks for being a voice of sanity here. You are correct. It should be our choice. Those of us who can use moderation should be able to choose what we want to eat. If it doesn't work out, then oopps.lol Lloyd
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Actually, I like the new Lays Classic with 100% pure sunflower oil. I am allergic to some types of oils, but sunflower oil is one I can have without making myself sick. So now I can finally eat Lays potato chips again!
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Thanks for your reply. I forgot to say that they were cooked with sunflower oil. The ironic thing is that I eat sunflower seeds like a squirrel and I love them. I just can't get used to having my Lay's Potato Chips cooking in sunflower seed oil. I glad that you can finally enjoy Lay's Potato Chips again. Lloyd
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@knockout (99)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Well look at it like this. More then half of america doesn't look out for what they eat. So someone has to do it you know?
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Thanks for your response. I just wonder how far the government is willing to go. Should they check to make sure we brush our teeth everyday? That could cause teeth and gum problems. How about making sure we clean our ears everyday. Don't need any ear problems. Lloyd
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Many people have noticed the flavor change in snack food and cookies because the makers have changed the way they are made. When they took out the trans fat from the ingredients some of the flavor changed. Trans fat is bad. You have to look now at almost every food you buy, especially processed food, to see what type and amount of fat is in it. All to try to make people healthier.
• United States
7 Mar 07
I understand that it's an attempt to make people healthier. But everyone knows that you should do everything in moderation. I thought I was the only one who noticed the change in snack foods. Thanks. Lloyd
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I too wish to have my junk when I want it. However like in most things the few, some, or alot make it so those of us that can handle it are left wanting. It is easy to make your own potato chips. I collect recipes for the things that are junky so that if they are ever banned or eliminated I still have them and can make them. Maybe I will be able to start a black market for junk? lol I am with you my friend. However, we must adjust the best we can.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
There would be a tremendous black market for illegal foods. lol I can see it now. "makeyourownjunkfoods.com." That would be awesome. If they get crazier with these junk food laws, we might have to look into that. lol Lloyd
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I was in your shoes at subway the other day. I can't stand the now. I am very happy that they did that so now I can stop eating chips. I also don't buy too much cereal any more. They did something with that too. After while I'll be as healthy as can be. Now I wish they just change the sugar they use for kit kats. I do think we need some sort of choices. I also know the world is to darn over weight. So for this reason alone I am all for it.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I am not for it, but I'm glad to see an opposing opinion. I get a bag of chips about twice a month, so it really wouldn't bother me. I'm surprised they don't already have sugar-free Kit Kats. I love Kit Kats. Haven't had them in a while though. Lloyd
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
7 Mar 07
I think that you got it right there at the end of your post. "Some of us know how to do things in moderation" Most don't, IMHO and health problems result with knock on effects when men die before there time from heart disease leaving behind families who then might have to be supported by the state = the taxpayer. Then again there is the extra burden on health services of diseases which are largely preventable. Having said all that, I do think that there is far to much government interference in peoples lives and in that respect, I agree with your comments.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
What I don't understand is how we became so dumb overnight? My grandmother lived to 92 years old without anyone telling her what and when to eat. I see people in their 70s and 80s everyday. I think a lot of decisions are fostered by companies who lobby to get their products into marker. Now that trans fats aren't being used, some company has to fill that void. I don't mind the government putting out the information, but they shouldn't force their beliefs on us. Let us make our own choices. Lloyd
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@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Everything you lok at now days mostly says no trans fat. Evidently more people can't eat in moderation then people who can so they decided to take things into their own hands and change things. Maybe it isn't really their rights to control what people eat and stuff but they are trying to make America healthier one step and day at a time.
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• United States
24 Mar 07
I don't think anything the government does will make any difference. It's up to the individual. I had a supervisor at a previous job who would order a large cheesesteak sandwitch, large french fries and a diet coke. He thought he was doing something good by ordering the diet coke, not realizing that it didn't offset the sandwitch and fries. What good is it is they remove the trans fat and someone eats a large bag of chips in one setting? Lloyd
@ondo1015 (1885)
• Philippines
14 Mar 07
Maybe it has a hole or torn wrapper. Or maybe expired or factory defected. Any way not all of them are just like that.
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• United States
15 Mar 07
I checked the expiration date. It was in April. And I'm not the only one here who has said that it taste different. I think I'm going to try another brand. Lloyd