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Doritos Aren't Just Delicious, They're Addictive

As any snack lover can tell you, it's tough to put down a bag of Doritos. And that's not just because they're delicious — the tasty chips are specifically engineered to make you feel like you haven't had enough. See? You're not the only one.

Food scientist and author Steven A. Witherly explained to The New York Times that these popular, cheesy chips are the archetype of addictive processed foods. Witherly said that Doritos perfectly balance two strong types of flavor: savory umami, and a long-lasting garlic-type flavor. Put the two together, and BOOM, a deliciousness you cannot deny.

The recipe for Doritos involves an almost-sneaky trick: it carefully blends the two flavors in order to ensure your mouth is not overwhelmed by either one. For instance, it'd be easy to get sick of strongly flavored rosemary chips after just a few. Surely you've had a similar experience. According to Witherly, Doritos' addictive combination is even more pronounced when you lick the Dorito dust on your fingers, as there are no chips to dilute the flavors (been there).

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Written by Joanie Faletto August 4, 2016