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Why do they put whey in chips?

Asked by jdgraffam (9points) May 7th, 2008

A coworker who is vegan just bought a bag of Mrs. Vicker’s potato chips, Jalapeno flavored. They have 3g of whey powder in them. Why?

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scamp's avatar

I don’t know why it’s in that paticular product, but I found a site that lists products without whey here. I hope this is helpful.

b's avatar

Whey is a byproduct of the dairy industry and is often put into products so they don’t have to dispose of it. This is considered “recycling.”

jdgraffam's avatar

@b: what is your source? This is an interesting answer, and I’d like to research it more.

reed's avatar

Whey is high in protein, and since chips are typically devoid of much nutritional value, this helps fortify them. I have vegan friends that eat those chips to increase their protein intake which is a challenge for many vegans.

paulc's avatar

Whey the hell not?

b's avatar

@reed: then they are not vegan.
@jdgraffam: This information I got from the Monte Verde cheese factory while visiting it, but they are located in Costa Rica so sourcing them can be difficult.

jdgraffam's avatar

I don’t think it’s for nutritional value. I don’t have a reason to believe this. Does anyone have any other ideas?

chch_vegan_chic's avatar

whey is from cows milk. if your eating these for protein then your not vegan

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