The ever popular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are making news across the nation due to ER visits. This popular snack food is now being banned in schools.
Schools in California and New Mexico recently removed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from their cafeterias due to the high fat and salt content. The children are still allowed to bring the snack to school, but they aren’t being sold.
According to pediatricians, the fat and salt content are the least of parents worries. The spicy Cheetos are causing both necessary and unnecessary visits to the ER. The high consumption of the product is alarming parents. The dye in the Cheetos is turning kids stools red and orange. As you can image, parents are misdiagnosing the change in color, thinking that the red and oragne coloring is blood.
On the flip side, Pediatricians have noticed a rise in cases of children who come doubled over in pain after consuming Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
“We have a population who loves to eat hot, spicy, not real foods, and they come in [to the ER] with these real complaints.” Dr. 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 (source).”
This is just one more reason why processed junk food needs to make it’s way out of ours schools, our diets, and off the shelves. If this is affecting young healthy children, then image what it’s doing to adults also! If you know of someone who loves this snack food, make sure that you pass this article along. Moderation is key!