Examples: [Collected via e-mail, June 2013]
Yesterday, I took my 10 year old daughter to Urgent Care in Lancaster with extreme stomach pain (two days off and on). After the Dr. evaluated her stomach and ran urine tested, she checked for tenderness, she found the area that was causing my daughter the pain.
The Dr. then asked about what my daughter ate on a regular basis as well as what she had had within the last few days. (Keep in mind that we are pretty consistent with eating healthy and my daughter was having about
The Dr. mentioned how she had a
PLEASE spread the word! STOP eating takis and hot chips!!! She explained how the harsh chemicals and seasoning in the chips cause corrosion in the throat and stomach. It is causing stomach ulcers in children. My daughter was given a
Origins: Takis are a brand of corn tortilla chips vended by Mexico-based Barcel and known for its spicy hotness:
Takis (also known as Taquis) are owned by the Barcel company, who are manufacturers of tortilla snacks and potato chips, as well as other confectionary and snack foods. Barcel is a unit of the famous Grupo Bimbo Company, who are also owners of many other popular Mexican brands. Grupo Bimbo purchased a snack factory in Queretaro during the late 70s which later became known as Barcel when the famous title was born in
We consulted with a few urgent care pediatricians of our acquaintance who told us that they had never treated, or heard of, any cases of children developing severe stomach pains linked to the consumption of Takis. Moreover, no credible doctor would definitively pronounce that consumption of one type of food (or any other single factor) had "caused" a particular case of cancer: although relationships have been established between certain risk factors and the onset of cancer, no given case of cancer can be relibly attributed to one identifiable cause.
Some reports indicate that cases of children developing stomach aches after eating Takis and similar snack foods are known, but that the issue seems to be linked to children consuming those snacks in immoderate and excessive amounts far beyond the "3 small bags a month" referenced in the above account:
Melissa Ortiz, a Kaiser-Fresno dietitian, said it's rare for a child to stop at [consuming a single 1-ounce bag]. Too often, children and teens are eating 2 or 3 ounces of Hot Cheetos or Takis in a single sitting, she said. At that point, "it's not a snack, it's a meal."
Gabriella Gaona, 16, of Fresno, said her mother no longer lets her eat either snack after she got sick and had to go to the hospital: "I had Takis for six months straight and that's all I would eat."
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician for Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said, "A number of patients who have consumed [Flamin' Hot] Cheetos in excess have complained of pain in their upper abdomen, rising up into their chest, likely due to due to the red peppers and spice contained in the snack."
Parents, she says, falsely believe they're seeing blood in the stool and take the kids to the ER to find out nothing is wrong.
"So even though we might eat some foods with red food dye in them regularly, our stool doesn't usually become discolored unless you eat huge amounts of it," Berchelmann said. "Flamin' Hot Cheetos is one food that people will eat enormous amounts of and will see a change in their stool."
Berchelmann says parents could use this as a teaching moment, talking with their kids about gluttony and eating things in moderation.
Takis' parent company, Barcel, did not respond to our request for additional information on this topic.
Last updated: 28 May 2015
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