Are Hot Cheetos Actually Dangerous?

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Are Hot Cheetos Actually Dangerous?

Nathalie Hernandez (11th), Reporter

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Crunchy, red and definitely addicting: Hot Cheetos. Hot Cheetos are a flamin’ hot snack very popular amongst teenagers. Hot Cheetos are very cheap and accessible for all, they’re very present during parties, teenage hangouts and mid-night snacks. They may be a yummy small snack but they too can be very dangerous…

Specifically the danger of hot cheetos comes from the Xxtra Hot Flamin Hot Cheetos bag. Xxtra Flamin Hot Cheetos and regular Flamin Hot Cheetos have been known to cause diarrhea, gastritis, ulcers, and even at risk of stomach cancer.  

What may be even more dangerous is that they’re addicting despite knowing the consequences of eating this bag.

Hot Cheetos are varied in size from a three ounce bag to the largest bag size being twenty-seven ounce.

What exactly makes up hot cheetos? These are the ingredients in a bag of cheetos:

  • Ingredients: Enriched Corn Meal (Corn Meal, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil), Flamin’ Hot Seasoning (Maltodextrin [Made From Corn], Salt, Sugar, Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Artificial Color [Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5], Sunflower Oil, Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Onion Powder, Whey, Whey Protein Concentrate, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavor, Buttermilk, Sodium Diacetate, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate), and Salt.

Some suspicious or not very commonly known ingredients are used to make this addicting snack.  

Medical professionals have compared the addiction of hot cheetos to an “mild opiate addiction”, which is like a addiction that is put into drugs that have been proven to be addicting.

Apparently what makes Hot Cheetos so addicting is the satisfaction we get from eating the spicy chips, from it’s peppers which cause our brain to release endorphins ( the hormones which are responsible for making us feel good).

Because of the satisfaction we get from hot cheetos from the good feel hormones we put our hand and fingers on the Hot Cheetos one by one until they’re all gone.

On the back of the Hot Cheeto bags depending on the size of the bag it says something like this to entice the consumer:

“What’s a serving”? “Count twenty-one cheeto brand Flamin’ Hot flavored crunchy snacks for a taste that’s bold.”

Often though people don’t count how much hot cheetos they consume they only eat hot cheeto by cheeto until they’re done with the bag.

Jenna Wisler, a junior, says she does eat Hot Cheetos about twice a month. Wisler says other hot chips she eats are Takis.

Wisler says she’s heard of the negative issues affiliated with eating Hot Cheetos since she’s had friends who’ve had first hand experience with these chips.

She concluded with the feeling if Hot Cheetos cause such health issues they should be taken off the market. She says despite knowing all these issues she would not eat them so often.

Madison King, a senior, says she loves Hot Cheetos and eats other hot chips like the spicy Doritos but finds Takis to be nasty. King says she doesn’t eat Hot Cheetos very often.

King says she has heard of the negative issues affiliated with eating Hot Cheetos and she’s not allowed to eat them, she’s heard that one of the ingredients used to make Hot Cheetos are used for car engines to clean them.

She says despite knowing the negative health issues affiliated with eating Hot Cheetos she feels like she’s only here for a good time not a long time. She says after knowing all these health issues she wouldn’t eat them.

Crunchy, yummy, red, and in a fun-sized bag but harmful to your health are Hot Cheetos be careful with these chips.

Stay aware Pitman with the chips you consume!

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