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Spicy Cheetos Are Hospitalizing Kids

Spicy Cheetos Are Hospitalizing Kids

Parents, beware: the spicy snacks in your pantry may be dangerous to your kids—and not because they lack nutritional value. Emergency room doctors are reporting treating more and more kids every day who have developed gastritis—a painful inflammation or erosion of the stomach lining—after eating Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos.

Doctors say that the snacks change the pH balance in the stomach, making it painfully acidic. And it’s not just the spice content—your jar of salsa can rest easy—doctors also believe that it’s the flavor coating on the Cheetos that’s contributing to the change in pH.

Now, multiple school districts have banned the sale of the Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos on school grounds. Frito Lay, which makes and sells the snack, responded with the statement that they’re “committed to responsible and ethical practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under.” Sort of hard to believe them though, considering that the Cheetos brand mascot is an anthropomorphic cartoon cheetah.

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3:12PM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

"The news here is that PARENTS shouldn't feed this snack to their kids - not that the snack should be banned or that Frito-Lay is evil. "

YES, It should be banned as should all gmo food products. Their gmo seeds contain Bt, E coli, antibiotic, "glyphosate" and other biologicals, How is all that in each sead a benefit to a child?

3:06PM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

Doctors are such protectors of all things nasty and dangerous , it's not the heat it's genetically modified organism that lay ruin to one's gut. This is not food it's bio technology just incase the kids don't get enough of that through geo engineering of our skies which is real and dangerous to our health just as much as gmo food.

6:54PM PDT on Jun 2, 2015

wow good to know

7:55PM PDT on May 31, 2015

Thankfully, these were not the sort of thing that I ate as a child. Far too much additives/chemicals and other unhealthy ingredients in these 'chips.'

7:31PM PDT on May 31, 2015

The news here is that PARENTS shouldn't feed this snack to their kids - not that the snack should be banned or that Frito-Lay is evil. As far as marketing to kids just because they have a cartoon mascot - MetLife's mascot is Snoopy the Dog from Peanuts. Is MetLife marketing term life insurance to children?

4:56PM PDT on May 29, 2015


5:22AM PDT on May 29, 2015

That explains my stomach conditions I've had since 13 I'm now 23 been eating Hot Cheetos since I was 9.

6:54PM PDT on May 28, 2015

really? a petition to stop selling this stuff to children? how about stop BUYING it for your kids if you think it's that bad. i eat these and have since i was a kid and my kids eat these as well (one bag by the both of them gone in a day).

11:44AM PDT on May 28, 2015

The same thing happened to my little brother in June. Now he's afraid to eat anything remotely spicy.

8:23AM PDT on May 28, 2015

Well you would think that if you eat something and it doesn't agree with you people would have enough common sense to switch to something else. Judging from the comments many people enjoy this snack without any problem so why blame the manufacturer?

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