Could Flamin' Hot Cheetos be hazardous to your health? Show Notes

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Could Flamin' Hot Cheetos be hazardous to your health?

According to ABC News, some school districts are banning the snack, claiming it provides no nutritional value -- and may even be addictive.

One school district in Illinois no longer sells the snack in their schools,

Rockford School District interim superintendent Robert Willis says "If children were to bring in snacks that are high in fat, high in calories, that's their choice," "We're not going to be providing those kinds of foods."

Rita Exposito, principal of Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena, California, says her school doesn't allow candy or Hot Cheetos. If they are seen on campus, an administrator takes them from students.

Each bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos contains 26 grams of fat. But are they really addictive? 

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that new research shows "hyperpalatable foods" -- salty, fatty or sweet foods - can create a similar brain response as seen in individuals who are addicted to illegal drugs.

Ashley Gearhardt, a clinical psychologist at the University of Michigan, says "Our brain is really hardwired to find things like fat and salt really rewarding and now we have foods that have them in such high levels that it can trigger an addictive process.”

Frito-Lay, the manufacturer of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, says they are "committed to responsible and ethical marketing practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under. We also do not decide which snacks are available on school campuses and do not sell snack products directly to schools."

Mmmm! These are pretty good….I think I’ll have just one more!

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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