Should Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Be Banned in Schools?
I was recently told about how a local hot sauce emporium stayed in business, at least for a while. Seems that much of the local trade in hot sauce was done by school-aged children who were looking, not for the next hot thrill but a way to spike their fellow classmate’s food with some of the hottest hot sauce on the planet. The store has since gone out of business (a few prankish kids were not quite enough to keep it in the black) and there are countless hoards of kids looking for another way to bring heat into their dull existence.
Seems there are other ways for kids to get their fix, albeit this is not about pranks as much as it is about a junk food addiction. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are the latest morsel of junk food under fire. These fiery cheese nuggets, with the crayon-red dye, are just fat, flame, and sodium delivery systems hell-bent on subverting good nutrition everywhere. One bag packs in a whopping amount of fat and salt—”26 grams of fat and a quarter of the amount of salt that’s recommended for the entire day, and because of this schools from California to Chicago are set to start a school-wide ban of the hugely popular snacks.
But as we know, when you take a flamin’ snack away from a child, you get them flamin’ angry. While reports of the Cheetos ban backlash have yet to hit the wire, you can be sure, with fan videos like the one below created by Flamin’ Hot Cheetos enthusiasts, the fiery snacks will be hitting the proverbial fan:
What is your feeling about such bans? Is this a good place to start the massive clean up that is required to improve school nutrition, or is one neon red snack unfairly being picked on? Should we target some other widely consumed food instead?