Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Banned as Unhealthy Snack
Bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos may be one of the most popular snack items among students, but don’t expect to see them being offered by many school lunchrooms in the near future.
An increasing number of school district foodservice departments are banning the crunchy snack item from their menus and vending machines, claiming the crispy snack has almost no nutritional value, reports CBS.
“We don’t allow candy, and we don’t allow Hot Cheetos,” Rita Exposito, the principal at Jackson Elementary School in Pasadena, California, told the Chicago Tribune.
“We don’t encourage other chips, but if we see Hot Cheetos, we confiscate them — sometimes after the child has already eaten most of them. It’s mostly about the lack of nutrition.”
The popular snack contains high amounts of fat and sodium. In addition, many school districts are claiming that kids have begun to eat a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in place of a well-balanced lunch in addition to leaving them with red seasoning on their fingers that is then transferred to desks, seats, lockers and other places where school janitors must then clean up.
So far, school districts in California, Illinois and New Mexico are taking steps to ensure that their students won’t have access to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos anywhere on their campuses.