Food Theory: Are Doritos a RIP OFF?

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Have you ever opened a bag of chips and thoughts, why is there so much empty space? Did I just pay for mostly air with a side of chips? You are not alone! For years, I've thought I was getting ripped off with each delicious bag of chips. Today, I want to find out if that is true and I am starting with the biggest culprit of them all - Doritos!
Disclaimer: At 11:56, the Breakage Rates for the More Chips Bag and the Average Bag are accidentally swapped; the More Chips Bag Breakage Rate is actually 79.8%, and the Average Bag Breakage Rate is 74.9%.
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  • Hey Theorists! In the video at 11:56, the Breakage Rates for the More Chips Bag and the Average Bag are accidentally swapped; the More Chips Bag Breakage Rate is actually 79.8%, and the Average Bag Breakage Rate is 74.9%. Sorry for the mix up!

    The Food TheoristsThe Food TheoristsAylar önce
    • It's okay. I honestly didn't notice, thanks for letting us know though (^ー^). Keep up the good work!

      望月花望月花6 saatler önce
    • Please like so he can see and fix this mistake.

      KK GAMINGKK GAMING10 gün önce
    • 67% from 133 isnt 100 it is ~89. That means 44 are unbroken and 89 are broken.

      KK GAMINGKK GAMING10 gün önce
    • 101

      Twig mationsTwig mations17 gün önce
    • Lol

      Mats_45king 3945WRZMats_45king 3945WRZ18 gün önce
  • @The_Food_Theorists So hey one little bit to addon to this. In the Video timestamped 6:12 when you are talking about breakage and how "The chip leaves the factory" That part is a bit off. I work for Frito lay and most of the Frito lay mine included have A main warehouse, a close area warehouse, and a Production facility all within that one building. For example. My Frito Lay produces 30 different flavors of Fritos (Corn chips), Lays (Potato chips), and Popcorn (smartfood), The warehouse in Topeka produces Cheetos. I can safely state that with the way we reuse boxes time and time and time again until they are falling apart that measure of 67% breakage happens a lot before they even leave the warehouse that they were made in.

    HydeSeraphHydeSeraphSaatler önce
  • Science theory?

    JayJay12 saatler önce
  • “My favorite green food is green M&M’s” - Matpat

    Troller 9Troller 912 saatler önce
  • Untill you realize that pretty much in most foreign countries that chip bags are full and are not compressed with no where near as much air meaning yeah we are getting ripped off

    C HC H13 saatler önce
  • I worked at one of the biggest Frito Lay factories for almost 4 years and I can assure you they don't put that many chips in the bag at the time of packaging. Also, they are probably pretty broken before they even left the factory, those cases definitely weren't handled gently.

    YooniganYoonigan13 saatler önce
  • Please do a video on Chipotle!

    ftrahman Rftrahman R17 saatler önce
  • I was planning to buy doritos tomorrow but seeing it is only 84 percent I will with another brand of nachos

    Jahnavi BarlaJahnavi Barla22 saatler önce
  • I’ve never wanted Doritos so bad

    Tragicr ReyesTragicr ReyesGün önce

    Sharing SocietySharing SocietyGün önce
  • They used to have pizza Doritos a long time ago so amazing!!!😋

    Nintendo ScarletNintendo ScarletGün önce
  • Am I the only one that likes those hollow Choco-bunnies. No? Just me? Better than the full ones at least…too much chocolate

    Glitch BrineGlitch BrineGün önce
  • no

    Not EmirNot Emir2 gün önce
  • Food theory idea: What food if any, could we live our whole lives eating that one food?

    MayvenMayven2 gün önce
    • I’ve heard people say this about broccoli

      JayJay12 saatler önce
  • This just makes me wonder if a better packaging method could be used. I mean the tubes work fine for Pringles so why not something that mirrors the triangle shape of the Dorito? It seems to me that using the bags is a lazy excuse to charge customers more for less product. Surely it couldn't be that difficult to design more efficient packaging? For example imagine a Toblerone tube but for Doritos instead? If it was made from recyclable materials it could cancel out any cost/environmental factors in making it.

    Gemma RGemma R2 gün önce
  • sweatybreeze 2sweatybreeze 22 gün önce
  • I used to work at Frito Lay, trust me you should be thankful for the “air” in the bag.

    GeneDavisGeneDavis3 gün önce
  • "man this guy REALLY likes doritos" -some worker probably

    UwUUwU3 gün önce
  • DORITOS!!!

    Chris AftonChris Afton3 gün önce
  • As a kid living in Mexicali, I used to not understand why all the bags of chips in our neighbor city Calexico were so full of air, until it dawned on me that I have the privilege of living where most chips brands get manufactured. Damage by transportation is hardly an issue locally.

    Señor ZanahorioSeñor Zanahorio4 gün önce
  • Pringles are 20%air

    6 subscribers6 subscribers4 gün önce
  • Doritos bag is what doctors use when they need to give a patient air and want a snack at the same time

    The Random ChannelThe Random Channel5 gün önce
  • I’m disappointed! You completely missed the mark. You even said that none cares about broken Doritos they taste the same!!!!!

    Adán RamírezAdán Ramírez5 gün önce
  • Pringles v Doritos, which is more cost effective

    TaylormanTaylorman5 gün önce
  • If so little chips are actually able to fit in the bag, then isnt the design of the chips itself at fault? If the chips were designed to be more flat and not have many curvy weirdness, then wouldnt it take up less volume in bulk?

    The BeggarThe Beggar6 gün önce
  • In the intro why does it look like Matpat has two left hands?

    Green guy with an LGreen guy with an L6 gün önce
  • Any people that agree with me and don`t care if the chips are broken but just want a lot and just the taste?

    fpnobelisfpnobelis6 gün önce
  • Would absolutely LOVE to see a fitness theory, as not only are most “diets” you see largely sneaky ways to get you to buy into what someone is trying to sell, instead of true dietary facts, but most “workouts” are just the same way too. I feel like capitalism has clouded the scientific clarity that the 21st century can finally offer on fitness, and i think you are the perfectly unbiased person to break down those corporate walls!

    PHD In WombologyPHD In Wombology7 gün önce
  • THANK YOU for mentioning that the air is nitrogen! I saw that on an episode of How It's Made when I was a child, and I thought it was common knowledge. The nitrogen helps the product last longer. It's frustrating to see how many people don't actually know that lmao

    Accalia Murray MusicAccalia Murray Music7 gün önce
  • Me sitting on the toilet eating Doritos while watching this, also me ” are Doritos a ripoff?”

    MysticMist69MysticMist697 gün önce
  • ELMA CHIPS!!! hehe

    JoaquimOPNovoJoaquimOPNovo7 gün önce
  • I never want food theory to end!! I love this channel

    Arabella YarbroughArabella Yarbrough7 gün önce
  • It's great that I buy air and get some extra chips for free that's just awesome

    Andi euAndi eu8 gün önce
  • Pringles left the conversation.

    Elar ApostolElar Apostol8 gün önce
  • What about 164?

    Jack FureyJack Furey8 gün önce
  • They ship air so you can survive under water

    Jack FureyJack Furey8 gün önce
  • Do whisp chips the just barely full and barely broken

    Babyoda OofBabyoda Oof8 gün önce
  • More of a game theory but in GTA relative to our characters size, building size, and mountain size. How fast are we moving or how big is Los Santos because there’s no way going from the bottom of the map to the top is only about 7 miles. What’s going on here?🤔

    Famously InfamousFamously Infamous9 gün önce
  • why not just look at the gramm?

    MJ BerlinAWPMJ BerlinAWP10 gün önce
  • I think the fourth channel should be Book theory....

    Bon Bon HornBon Bon Horn10 gün önce
  • Great video Matpat!

    Mac WadeMac Wade10 gün önce
  • Fun fact:the air in the chip bags is made to presurve the chips taste and crunch(Like when you leave it out it becomes soft and bland) Edit : I writ this comment before mat said ot sorry😢

    Malwina KorgaMalwina Korga10 gün önce
  • is no one gonna talk about the fact that at the intro matpat had 2 left hands...

    Psalm Nathaniel S. BartolomePsalm Nathaniel S. Bartolome11 gün önce
  • I like Matt's humour 😀

    Eimantas SamaviciusEimantas Samavicius11 gün önce
  • This is late, but he has 2 left hands during the intro

    SuperMarioChaseSuperMarioChase11 gün önce
  • Ole and Lays in Trinidad are a scam

    Daniel RamloganDaniel Ramlogan13 gün önce
  • I really want Doritos now.

    Pro DrewPro Drew13 gün önce
  • why do ships in a bag an not some kind of box.

    Jonas HillenJonas Hillen13 gün önce
    • You have it entirely wrong. Ship are built in dock yards and they don't come in a bag nor box, rather the dock yard is flooded which lets the ship float out of the yard.

      Big ChungusBig Chungus9 gün önce
  • I’ve been watching you for 3 years

    London JomantLondon Jomant13 gün önce
  • The whole green m&m's had me laughing hardcore

    D33p Strand3rD33p Strand3r13 gün önce
  • I’d take 266 fully broken Doritos in my bags

    Frank BankFrank Bank14 gün önce
  • Is it just me or are those doritos looking kinda *T H I C C*

    Slish SlashSlish Slash14 gün önce
  • I want to see your funding 🤔😕

    D'antoinette MD'antoinette M14 gün önce
  • Honestly I'd rather have more chips with more breakage than less chips with less breakage

    PscionPscion14 gün önce
  • what about party sized bags, they seem to have the same amount of chips and more air

    Mason PredmoreMason Predmore14 gün önce
  • I’m more upset that the bags weigh 21g less than the package states! That’s 11.7 missing chips!

    Miranda Hoffman-GilesMiranda Hoffman-Giles14 gün önce
  • 9:47 I love Ben Shapiro!!

    Michael TisonMichael Tison14 gün önce
  • God bless everyone Jesus loves u

    Jose AntonioJose Antonio15 gün önce
  • Comment about the chocolate rabbits: I actually prefer the hollow ones. The solid ones are too difficult to bite through.

    darklord12345679darklord1234567915 gün önce
  • Shout-out to Pringles for not selling air and hurting my hand

    FriendFriend15 gün önce
  • Matpat just ate 100 and 60% of bags worth of Doritos I hope that sounded right

    Merv Joseph BierriaMerv Joseph Bierria15 gün önce
  • That's a good thing when easter bunnies are hollow

    Alex OkurkaAlex Okurka16 gün önce
  • Him: 78% of air you're breathing right now is nitrogen Me: *in a space suit with 100% oxygen*

    VanisherVanisher16 gün önce
    • You would literally die.

      GamerFromJumpGamerFromJump3 gün önce
    • Fun fact: 100% oxygen is actually pretty bad for you unless you're in an emergency situation like hospitalised or it's for a short time. It's technically both slightly corrosive and poisonous.

      InfinityTowerInfinityTower15 gün önce
  • Your voice helps me get to sleep 😳☺️

    MiyahMiyah16 gün önce
  • My dad used to work at frito-lay. He said that the reason that chip bags have so much air is supposedly to keep the chips fresh.

    J vidsJ vids16 gün önce
  • I ate a chocolate Bunny that is solid

    Merrill KingMerrill King16 gün önce
  • Shout out to pringel for never selling us air

    Gamer girlGamer girl16 gün önce
  • 3:14 Cries in argon

    MenacingPylonMenacingPylon17 gün önce
  • I didn’t know Matpat had two left hands

    Pan D & Fox EPan D & Fox E17 gün önce
  • 0:29 never knew Matt had two left arms haha

    Toss Me an ArnieToss Me an Arnie17 gün önce
Food Theory: Are Doritos a RIP OFF?