(CBS News) It’s not only the schools: Some doctors are taking issue with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos because they are leading to unnecessary emergency room visits.
Several school districts in New Mexico, California and Illinois have made the move to ban the snacks from their campuses because they lack nutritional value, and research suggests the snacks may create a brain response similar to what is seen in individuals who are addicted to illicit substances. But, medical professionals are saying there’s other health fears associated with the snack that are leading to doctor’s visits.
Because the spicy snack contains a lot of red food dye, it can turn the stools of people who eat large quantities red or orange. Parents and kids may mistakenly assume that it is a sign of blood in the stool, leading to panicked trip to the hospital.