Schools are declaring war on Cheetos!  Several school districts in New Mexico, California and Illinois are banning Flamin’ Hot Cheetos – the spicy red snack - because they say it’s a major health hazard to students. And just as dangerous as cigarettes or alcohol.

So, what’s so hazardous about a bag of Cheetos?  It’s basically a bag of flavored, artificially colored, fatty chemicals. Each single serving bag is loaded with sodium – and contains 26 grams of fat – that’s more than half of what a person should have in an entire day.

And research suggests the salt and fat in the snacks may create a brain response similar to what’s seen in drug addicts! And that’s why kids crave them!

School officials say that banning Cheetos is also a way to fight childhood obesity. Even though it’ll cost schools big bucks. One Illinois school district banned Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and they used to sell 150,000 bags of them every year.

But students aren’t letting Cheetos disappear without a fight! Facebook fan pages are popping up about the snack - where people post photos and videos of themselves eating it. And a lot of Cheetos-loving students are sneaking them on campus.

But it's not only the schools: Some doctors are taking issue with Flamin' Hot Cheetos - saying they’re leading to unnecessary emergency room visits! That’s because the spicy snack contains a lot of red food dye, it can turn the stools of people who eat large quantities red or orange. Parents and kids mistakenly assume that it’s blood, panic and rush to the ER! Plus, a lot of kids complain of heartburn after earing them - due to the red peppers and spice.

So, do you think that banning Cheetos is a good idea? Or will kids just start eating another unhealthy snack instead?

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