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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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9:51AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

I have been eating hot cheetos since I was 7 and I ate up to 3 bags a day everyday and thats not over exaggerated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me and im 20 years old now. Maybe the problem is letting too young of kids eat them im not sure but me and my sisters are living proof that this is not true.

1:10AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Read some of your comments. How ignorant some of you can be.
My son loves eating these chips they are his favorite snacks..
He has been have these symptoms. I am grateful for this article, not exactly blaming cheetos tho not ruling this out.

5:21PM PDT on Jun 18, 2014

I'm sure these kids have stomache problems due to stress that they our outted to now a days rather than from some spicy cheetos

6:41PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

This be such horse shit I eat at least 1 big ass bag of hot cheetos a day. And I'm healthy as can be.

6:41PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

This be such horse shit I eat at least 1 big ass bag of hot cheetos a day. And I'm healthy as can be.

7:57AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

So a problem caused by overindulgence by the the manufacturer's problem to solve? Or the merchant's? No. Overindulgence is a choice made by the consumer. They got what they earned by their actions. Teaching kids (and adults) moderation is an actual solution instead of being an immature, blame-shifting reaction that will solve nothing.

7:42AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

This can only happen if you eat excessive amounts I'm pretty sure. Like a whole big bag of Hot Cheetos per day or something.

4:38AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

What would our future be like?

9:27PM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

omg! really? There are tons of advertisements on snack bags, on cereal boxes, on sodas, on fruit punch!!! What about jello? Does this mean that people will feed their kids tons of cereal just because Tony the Tiger says "Their GRrrrrrreat!" or if the leprachaun on Lucky Charms says 'Their magically delicious' or how about the Teddy Grams?? Or even Warheads candy?? Or how about Hostess Twinkies?? This is ridiculous!!

5:12AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Seriously? I've been eating these things since I was a kid. And I can eat those things like crazy. You know how many stomach problems I have? Zero. You know how many stomach problems my children have? Zero. People believe anything they ready. Ridiculous

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