Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Landing Kids in the ER

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To say that Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are addicting is nothing new — we all know those cheesy red snacks are a dream and many of us have experienced the glory of dunking an entire bag of ‘em in a tub of cream cheese. However, it appears that Frito Lay’s signature snack food is landing especially voracious kids in the ER.

ABC reports that emergency rooms are seeing an increase in the number of children and adults suffering from gastritis, an inflamed stomach lining, or other stomach issues after eating bags of spicy chips and snacks like, but not limited to, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

One boy in particular was interviewed by ABC and claimed to eat between 20 to 30 bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos per month before experiencing stomach pains weeks prior to seeing a doctor. It’s “like if you have a bruise or something. It really hurts a lot,” the 12-year-old explained.

Dr. Martha Rivera, a pediatrician based in Los Angeles, said she sees five and six children with gastritis daily, as the surrounding community she serves “loves to eat the hot spicy, not real foods.”

Dr. Robert Glatter, an ER physician in New York, said that the inflammation may be caused by the flavoring coating the snacks, rather than just the spiciness. Glatter reasons that he hasn’t seen an increase in the number of people coming in after overloading on salsa. However, most salsas aren’t nearly addictive enough to eat in the same quantity as snacks like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

“Parents should be aware of this. These products are not healthy and some children seem to become addicted,” Glatter told ABC.

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  • Dan

    white kids

    • Anonymous

      Dont dey know dey sposed to eat dem wit purple drank?

  • Ash1829

    Wusses.

    • http://twitter.com/zwei zwei

      Clearly it’s not the hotness that is the problem, or the people wouldn’t be shoveling in so many of them. The problem is that these “foods” are made with crap that our bodies aren’t built to tolerate or ever meant to ingest. Meh, why use real ingredients when you can make something taste great synthetically and also extend the shelf life at the same time. Obviously if you can’t OD on a single bag the product is safe, right?

      • Ash1829

        You’re probably right. All those preservatives and chemicals they put in our food are the main causes of indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems.

  • blkdoggy421

    Makes me want to eat a bag now.

    • http://www.thevulgarchef.com/ The Vulgar Chef

      prove it.

  • Linda Lovelush

    Well duh, no bagged snack is “healthy”.

  • Anonymous

    Caspisin, the “hot” in a pepper is actually good for you. Peppers are actually good for your digestive system, they are very nutritious, and they actually improve your gastro system. The chemicals, preservatives, filler and crap in artificially flavored snacks are the obvious culprit here. You could easily make an organic “cheeto” using natural ingredients that would actually be good for you. But its makes for a better story to blame the spicyness isn’t it.

    • Stel Perd

      You be surprised what peppers and acidic foods can do to a person, I love peppers and natural spicy foods, I ate them a lot along with lemons, oranges and tomatoes, because I knew they were good for you. But TO MUCH on daily basis will land with the problems. I was only 17 when I got it…. so I dare you to eat nothing but that, for few months. First it will be bad REALLY bad heart burn, Then you will get bad lower tummy pains. Then Oh man the vomit the uncontrollable vomit. You wish it was a hangover…. Now I can’t touch those foods one bite and I’m out.

  • Seena Amid-hozour

    Yup cheetos are the problem, not the kids eating 20-30 packs a month

  • http://www.thevulgarchef.com/ The Vulgar Chef

    annnnnnd I’m on my way to the store

  • Anonymous

    Its the FAT!

    They have a baked Flamin Hot Cheeto’s

  • Adrian

    I love them with warm nacho cheese. My cousin puts hot sauce on his.

  • SteveB

    The word is “addictive,” not “addicting.”

  • timone1002 .

    lol i used to love to eat flaming hot cheetos, i would eat an entire full size bag a day, now i cant eat a single bag because i started to get horrible diarreah and intestinal cramps everytime i ate them… i havent touched one in 10 years now…