Kids In Texoma Are Experiencing A Flamin’ Hot Problem

Spicy chips like Flamin' Hot Cheetos are popular among kids, but doctors warn the snacks can have harmful effects.

"It's not good going in nor going out," said Community Healthcare Center Clinical Nurse Supervisor Eva Pratt.

Kids love it so much, they're eating too much of it. As a result, many have ended up in the emergency room with gastritis. Over the past few years those numbers have increased nationwide and in Texoma.

"Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. Symptoms of gastritis include burning in the chest and throat area. It also includes bloating and vomiting," said Pratt.

Symptoms can appear gradually or suddenly.

The snacks are packed with spices and artificial flavoring. Pratt warns it lacks nutritional value.

"These things do affect obesity and affect the health status of our kids," she said.

Instead of snacks like Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Pratt and other healthcare experts recommend subbing it with healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, yogurt and cheese.

Texoma parents agree that children should stay away.

"We need to regulate the consumption, and not let them eat it all the time," said Ashleigh Jordan of Wichita Falls.

"They shouldn't be eating them and parents shouldn't let them eat them either," said Joe Penze of Wichita Falls.

"The redness too, it gets on their hands, on their clothes, and even on their teeth," said Wichita Falls resident Clara Veitenheimer.

Eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos and other spicy snacks periodically will not cause gastritis. However, eating large quantities of it in a day or eating it on a daily basis will.

In response to similar concerns, Frito-Lay which makes the chip has released the following statement.

"We are committed to responsible and ethical marketing practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under."

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.