Eating healthy is so great.
It makes you feel awesome and helps you live longer.
But every once in a while… a junk foody snack can be pretty great too.
So a huge chip fan at SeriousEats.com broke down why specifically nacho cheese Doritos "tastes like heaven."
"I don't love Nacho Cheese Doritos because my late grandfather used to sneak them to me under the pew during tedious Sunday sermons (he didn't). And I don't crave their cheesy crunch all times of the day because my grade school crush, Bridget McElroy, sported an ever present orange film of "cheese" under her fingernails (though to be fair, she probably did). They taste like heaven because their creator, Frito-Lay, designs them to."
So he looked specifically into the oh-so-delicious cheesy seasoning.
Apparently Doritos are made with umami (savory) flavor enhancers.
Romano cheese, cheddar cheese and tomato, garlic and onion powered are all savory.
Then theres the super savory MSG! (Which isn't as bad as people think it is, just some folks are allergic to it.)
There are other ingredients that active your tongue's certain taste buds to be able to receive savory flavor better.
So remember, when you eat a Dorito, you're downing a large gulp of science as well.
Science! Science! Science!