Flamin' Hot Cheetos Are Sending Kids to the Emergency Room

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It's been more than a year since schools in California, Illinois and New Mexico banned the sale of Flamin' Hot Cheetos on campus, but the pungent Plano-made snack food is still the source of trouble for kids. New evidence suggests that eating several bags of the stuff can cause, along with all the other things that make doing so a bad idea, gastritis, a painful inflammation or swelling of the stomach lining.

ABC News reports that more and more emergency rooms are seeing children and adults come in with gastritis after eating bags of spicy snacks like but not limited to Flamin' Hot Cheetos (did you know there are spicy Funyuns?)

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The boy interviewed by ABC claims to eat 20 to 30 bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos a months, a fact that by itself is stomach-churning. Dr. Robert Glatter, an ER doctor in New York, said he believes the inflammation is caused by the flavoring itself that covers the chips and snacks and not simply the level of spiciness. As an example he explains that there are no cases of people coming in after eating too much salsa, but then again salsa isn't addictive enough to get kids to eat it in as much volume as snacks like Cheetos.

Los Angeles-based pediatrician Dr. Martha Rivera sees five to six children with gastritis daily, saying she serves a community that loves to eat "the hot spicy, not real foods" that cause these kinds of problems.

Plano-based Frito Lay, which produces Cheetos, responded to the initial school ban saying that the company is committed "committed to responsible and ethical practices, which includes not marketing our products to children age 12 and under." Cheetos ads have certainly taken a drier tone lately. But it's hard to imagine what market a cartoon cheetah is meant to cater to besides 12 and under.

"Parents should be aware of this. These products are not healthy and some children seem to become addicted," Glatter told ABC, firing the starter pistol for Internet commenters to decide who's most to blame. Is it Frito Lay for making the product? Parents for not teaching moderation? Or it is the kids for not knowing how to nut up and take the heat? You tell us, Internet.

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megan.laut007
megan.laut007

I had gastris from a bag of cheetos 2 weeks ago yesterday. It was not pleasant. I think I ate them a bit too fast, but it was a pain that was awful (& I've had 2 kids!). It definetely burned coming back up!

UGuest
UGuest

How do you stop a sneeze while chewing a mouthful of fiery cheetos?.

chicana5
chicana5

I think the parents have blame for not controlling how much of it there children eat...period...

barf
barf

I blame it on the kids.  They're slow learners.  My kid threw up after downing hot chocolate this evening.  I think she was already a bit under the weather, but she downed it none-the-less.

shawn4848
shawn4848

are they sticking them up their rectums or something? 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

For fucks sake people, 20 -30 bags of any chips in a month is terrible, but fucking spicy cheetos?  God damn, someone introduce this kid to doritos or pringles

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

If you had told the teenage me that there was a flavor of cheetos that was so intense that kids were ending up in the emergency room from eating them, me and my friends would have lined up for blocks to buy them.

Just sayin.

hayleegill
hayleegill

Kids get tummy aches and parents sue Frito Lays. You know what this teaches your kid? To put your responsibility on someone else. The kid said he was eating 20 to 30 bags of hot cheetos a month. To me, that's where a parent needs to step in because that not only leads to a stomach ache but obesity as well.

kaspreen
kaspreen

Non-parenting, not Frito Lay.   Kid eats 20-30 bags a month?  

I prefer the crunchy over the flamin' hot.  That puffy, crunchy, fake cheesy, died-orange fingers guilt.  Yes, the most addictive snack I've ever had. My 102-year-old grandmother loves them too. 

Nictacular
Nictacular

I made a Frito Pie with Flamin' hot Frito's once.

I woke up a week later in Pleasant Grove wearing a dry cleaning bag.

AreaMan
AreaMan

Once you pop you can't stop.

AreaMan
AreaMan

Once you pop you can't stop (til you get gastritis)

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I dare not eat even one.  They are wildly addictive.

barf
barf

Good one.  Since I can't like my own comment, I will reply to it instead.

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