Spicy Snacks Blamed For Tennessee Teen’s Gallbladder Removal
A mother in Memphis, Tennessee is speaking out after her daughter had to undergo surgery to remove her gallbladder. Rene Craighead says that too many spicy snacks caused the problems.
"She loves them," Craighead told WREG about her 17-year-old daughter's snacking habits. "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."
The doctor told Craighead that the hot chips left behind in her daughter's stomach were causing the stomach problems. Apparently it is not uncommon for doctors to see children in the hospital for eating too much spicy food.
Takis released the following statement:
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.
Frito-Lay released the following statement regarding Hot Cheetos:
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.