Schools in California and New Mexico recently removed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from their cafeterias due to the high fat and salt content. Another school district in Illinois pulled the snacks off their menus as well. In one year, it sold 150,000 bags of the cheesy hot snacks. “If children were to bring in snacks that are high in fat, high in calories, that’s their choice,” Rockford School District Interim Superintendent Robert Willis said.
According to doctors, the high fat and salt content isn’t the only thing parents should be worried about. Pediatricians across the nation believe that spicy hot Cheetos and other chips are causing plenty of unnecessary emergency room visits. Pediatricians have noticed a rise in the cases involving kids literally doubled over in pain after eating the snacks. They’ve also have parent who believe their child’s stool has blood in it, due to the dark orange and red coloring of the snacks.
“We have a population who loves to eat the hot, spicy, not-real foods, and they come in [to the emergency room] with these real complaints,” Dr. Martha Rivera of White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles told KABC-TV. “[The kids are being] set up for ulcerations, erosions and… peptic ulcer disease.”
Basically, hot and spicy foods need in mass quantities is never good. Whether it’s a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, or dousing Sriracha on everything you eat.
“It burns when it goes down, it burns when it comes out,” Dr. Rivera told KABC-TV.