While hot cheetos and takis are some of our favorite snacks, one teenager in Memphis loved them so much that she had to have gallbladder surgery due to eating TOO MUCH of them.
WREG-TV in Memphis reports that the 17-year-old, Rene Craighead would eat four bags a week of Hot Cheetos and Takis and her mother blamed the controversial junk food behind her daughter’s stomach issues. The ultra-spicy, finger-staining, banned-by-school snacks have reportedly been the cause of many kids heading to the hospital.
Dr. Cary Cavender, a gastroenterologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, told WREG-TV that stomach issues tied to ultra-spicy snacks put kids in his hospital regularly.
“We do see tons of gastritis and ulcer-related stuff due to it,” Cavender told the station. “We probably see around 100 kids a month, easily.”
Hot Cheetos and Takis burned up the snack world in 2012, with schools in several states banning the foods as unhealthy and disruptive while confiscating them on site. That sparked a black market at some schools, with Takis becoming an underground currency.