Lays Gluten Free

My weekends are usually on the couch munching on a packet of Lays and watching the age-old sitcom FRIENDS. That is when an interesting question popped into my mind, 'Is Lays Gluten-Free?' And I have seen many others wondering the same, and thus I have penned down this article. Scroll more to find out the truth. 

Are Lays chips gluten-free?

When I looked for it on the internet, I found the answer to be affirmative that Lays is a gluten-free chip. But is it actually true? To get an accurate answer, I went further to check their website to find out the reality. 

Manufactured by the Frito Lay company, Lays is a potato chip, crisp, fresh, and loved by all ages. They have myriad options of flavours in every different country. From their all-time classic salty or the Lay's Sour Cream chips to cucumber flavours and BBQ chips to Thai Spicy Squid and Herbal Butter, they have stood up to their slogan of 'Betcha Can't Eat Just One'. But the primary ingredients that Lays chips hold on to make their chips are as follows: 

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Corn and/or Canola Oil)
  • Salt
  • Seasonings
  • Grounded spices 
  • Flavours

So while I was on their website, where they mentioned their views on gluten-free products. Above their views on gluten-free chips, they claim the following through labels that acclaim these things:

  1. Gluten-Free
  2. Organic 
  3. Contains Egg
  4. No MSG Added
  5. Whole Grains > 8
  6. Non-GMO project
  7. Lightly Salted
  8. Contains Soy
  9. Dairy-Free
  10. No Pork Enzymes

A kind of protein present in wheat, barley and rye is gluten. Frito Lays believes that there are people who are intolerant to gluten, and that is why they make gluten-free chips for everyone. However, their products have been validated through analytical testing that the chips contain less than 20 ppm of gluten in them. Meanwhile, they have also mentioned that this applies to products that are sold in the US and not all the other countries.  


Lays are just shaved potatoes deep fried in vegetable oil with various flavours. And potatoes contain zero gluten which makes them gluten-free eventually! So next time when you grab a pack of lays with the guilt of gluten, remember it has none!


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