A Tennessee mother is warning others about eating hot and spicy snacks after her daughter had to have her gallbladder removed.
Rene Craighead told WREG in Memphis she believes the hot snacks caused stomach problems for her 17-year-old daughter.
“She loves them. Every time I go out she says, ‘Bring me back some Hot Takis, bring me back some Hot Chips.’ I want to maker her happy, so I brought them back. She was eating big bags and would take them to school with her,” Craighead told WREG.
The teen estimated she ate about four bags of the spicy snacks every week. She then began having severe stomach pain and eventually had to have surgery to remove her gallbladder.
A gastroenterologist at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital told WREG the hospital treats a lot of kids for stomach problems caused by hot snacks like Cheetos, Takis and Hot Fries.
“We probably see around 100 kids a month, easily,” said Dr. Cary Canvender, who added that hot snacks can cause “gastritis and ulcer-related stuff.”
But other medical research shows “there are no convincing data that such specific foods cause, perpetuate, or reactivate peptic ulcers.” Instead, data from The National Institutes of Health state that “being overweight or having obesity may make you more likely to develop gallstones, especially if you are a woman.”
Representatives for Takis and Frito-Lay, the maker of Cheetos, issued statement’s to WREG-TV after the mom’s claims went viral.
Statement from Takis:
“We assure you that Takis are safe to eat, but should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet. Takis ingredients fully comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, and all of the ingredients in each flavor are listed in detail on the label. Always check the serving size before snacking.”
Statement from Frito-Lay:
“At Frito-Lay, food safety is always our number one priority, and our snacks meet all applicable food safety regulations as well as our rigorous quality standards. Some consumers may be more sensitive to spicy foods than others and may choose to avoid spicier snacks due to personal preference.”