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Mom Says Spicy Potato Chips Caused Young Daughter's Gallbladder Problem

A teen girl from Memphis, Tennessee had a love for a variety of spicy hot snacks. Crunchy snacks like Hot Cheetos, Takis and Hot Fries were her favorite crunchy treats, until she began to develop stomach troubles. The child ended up having to have her gallbladder removed, and her mother thinks the spicy snacks were the culprit.

Rene Craighead wants to get the word out to other parents about the mouth-burning treats, which are popular with those who enjoy spicy foods. Her 17-year-old daughter, also named Rene, was a huge fan of them. They are sold at most convenience stores.

"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," Craighead said.

Rene began experiencing stomach pain, which continued to get worse. Eventually, doctors recommended removing the teen's gallbladder. The mom was shocked and believes it was due to the spicy snacks.

"I was surprised that my daughter was sick like that," the mother said.

Rene says that she would eat about four bags of hot snacks per week. She never thought they would cause any medical problems, she just liked them. They're also inexpensive, about a dollar per bag, so they make for a low-budget snack for a teen.

Doctors say it isn't uncommon for people to suffer stomach issues from the hot snacks. Even children can suffer from digestive troubles due to these chips.

"We do see tons of gastritis and ulcer-related stuff due to it," said Dr. Cary Cavender, a gastroenterologist who works with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. "We probably see around 100 kids a month, easily."

Cavender says that many factors can result in the need to have a gallbladder removed, but Rene's choice of chips probably helped contribute to the problem.

The doctor recommends that parents encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables as a snack, rather than spicy chips.

Buchanan Public Relations released a statement from Takis defending their product. "We assure you that Takis are safe to eat, but should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet. Takis ingredients fully comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, and all of the ingredients in each flavor are listed in detail on the label. Always check the serving size before snacking."

Frito-Lay also put out a statement, saying, "At Frito-Lay, food safety is always our number one priority, and our snacks meet all applicable food safety regulations as well as our rigorous quality standards. Some consumers may be more sensitive to spicy foods than others and may choose to avoid spicier snacks due to personal preference.”

According to Medical Daily, spicy chips don't only inflame your mouth; the same ingredients inflame the stomach lining. This can cause great pain and digestive problems.

They report that schools in some states have started banning the snacks due to the complaints, and because the snacks are so high in calories and fat. Instead, they are offering snacks such as cheese sticks, apples and pretzels, and suggest that parents do the same.

Source: AOL
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