Eating healthy and nutritional food starts at an early age. It’s important to create a habit where fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and other foods are part of the daily intake. Lowering or eliminating completely saturated fats, salt, added sugar, cholesterol, and trans fats will decrease the chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and an array of other health issues. Still, it is tempting to reach out and grab a bag of salty and crunchy chips to fill you up until your next meal. It’s only natural to give into cravings as long as it’s not frequently. Unfortunately, kids and young adults have not developed the discipline to choose what is right for them. Schools and hospitals across the country are growing concerned with kids’ love for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.Doctors are concerned this snack gives the same response in the brain as addiction to substance.
Kids complain of blood in their stool when in reality it’s just the dye from the Cheetos.
“Even though we might eat some foods with red food dye in them regularly, our stool doesn’t usually become discolored unless you eat huge amounts of it,” Berchelmann told CBS news. “Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is one food that people will eat enormous amounts of and will see a change in their stool.”
“A number of patients who have consumed these Cheetos in excess have complained of pain in their upper abdomen, rising up into their chest, likely due to due to the red peppers and spice contained in the snack,” Glatter said.
Glatter believes the flavoured coating not the spices may be the culprit behind the pH change. He points out that hospitals don’t see patients doubled over in pain over eating spicy salsa.
Although, Glatter believes the addiction lies in the feeling as opposed to the flavour. “It’s almost like a food addiction. They seek out the burn,” Glatter explained. “It’s a little thrill-seeking. ‘It’s like how much can I tolerate?’ and I’ve seen a number of children who eat four or five bags and come in screaming in pain.”
Lay states they are “committed to responsible and ethical practices, which includes not marketing our products to children age 12 and under.”
They are choosing spicy snacks over real, nutritional food.
“Parents should be aware of this. These products are not healthy and some children seem to become addicted,” Glatter said.