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A Mother Is Warning Others About The Dangers Of Hot Cheetos After Daughter Loses Gallbladder

Rene Craighead, a 17-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, was in the hospital after losing her gallbladder. Seen for severe stomach pain, the teen ended up having an emergency Cholecystectomy.

And the overconsumption of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos could be to blame.

Her distraught mother decided to turn the incident into a public service announcement to warn others about the potentially harmful bag of hot cheese puffs.

“When my daughter had to have this surgery, I knew I had to tell everybody about it,” Renee Craighead told News 3.

Spicy snacks – like Hot Cheetos, Takis, and Hot Fries – are all the rage. The products are flying off the shelves in stores.

But the notion of “everything in moderation” couldn’t be more pertinent here.

Craighead said her daughter loved Hot Cheetos so much, she enabled her daughter’s cravings by frequently purchasing the snacks in bulk.

“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 make her happy, so I brought them back.”

“She was eating big bags and would take them to school with her.”

Rene was reportedly eating approximately four bags of hot snacks a week.

It didn’t take long for her daughter to begin to feel sick to her stomach. That discomfort eventually led to a Cholecystectomy, which is gallbladder removal surgery.

Dr. Cary Cavender, a gastroenterologist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, believes the excessive amount of the spicy snacks did the teenager in.

He would know. The hospital “easily” sees 100 similar cases a month.

“We do see tons of gastritis and ulcer-related stuff due to it.”

While the incident was undoubtedly terrible to experience, some people couldn’t ignore the fact Rene was allowed to eat as much of the addictive snacks as she did.

People debated over the reason why the teen suffered.

Someone learned their lesson early.

Did I mention Hot Cheetos are addictive?


This isn’t the first time Hot Cheetos and Takis were in the hot seat for their nutritional value.

Or lack thereof.

In 2012, the highly salty and fatty snacks were banned from schools in California, New Mexico and Illinois. The reason was not the spiciness but because of dietary concerns for middle school students.

According to the Huffington Post, each bag contains “26 grams of fat and a quarter of the amount of sodium recommended daily.”

But the snacks are not just bad for you.

Because of the food coloring in the spicy coatings, the students leave red fingerprints on everything they touch. All those red fingerprints are a nuisance for the janitors to constantly wipe off.


H/T – News3, Twitter, TheGuardian


Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1