PepsiCo commits to reducing palm oil in Lay’s; social media celebrity ‘Food Pharmer’ celebrates

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New Delhi: Social media influencer Revant Himatsingka, better known as "Food Pharmer," has hailed Lay's chips maker PepsiCo's commitment to reducing the use of palm oil in its chips. Palm oil, commonly found in chips and biscuits, is associated with adverse effects on heart health if consumed excessively. It is used by dozens of industries as it cheaper and relatively easier to obtain.

In a social media post on platform X, Himatsingka expressed excitement over Lay's India's decision to initiate the process of replacing palm oil, following public pressure highlighted in a video comparing Lay's India to Lay's USA. In the United States, PepsiCo uses "heart-healthy" oils such as sunflower, corn, and canola oil for Lay's chips.

Himatsingka's advocacy played a pivotal role in urging Lay's India to take action towards healthier ingredients. Meanwhile, PepsiCo India has embarked on trials to modify Lay's potato chips, aiming to offer customers a healthier option. 

According to an Economic Times report, the company is experimenting with replacing palm oil and palmolein with a blend of sunflower oil and palmolein in Lay's chips, signifying a positive step towards promoting healthier food choices and addressing concerns about the impact of palm oil consumption on health.

Lay's is the most popular chip brand in the world, with a wide range of flavors and varieties. It has a wide customer base in India, the world's most populous nation.

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