Doctors warn about dangers of spicy snacks for kids

Published: Feb. 21, 2019 at 5:04 PM CST
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"Kids will come in with chest pain," said Dr. Kathryn Greiner, family medicine practitioner with Baylor Scott & White Health, "and it turns out to be acid reflux from eating a bunch of spicy snacks."

Greiner joins a chorus of doctors asking parents to limit the amount of spicy snacks their kids are eating. She says that all the spice creates too much stomach acid, leading to extreme discomfort or pain for children. Over time, it can even lead to gastritis or ulcers.

"Try instead a nice fibrous snack, like fruits or vegetables with a dip," said Greiner. "Kids shouldn't be eating a lot of pre-packaged chips and snacks anyway, so this is a good reason to change your family's habits."

Frito Lay released a statement regarding its "Flamin' Hot Cheetos," one of the alleged culprits behind affected kids' belly-aches:

"Flamin' Hot Cheetos meet all applicable food safety regulations. That said, we realize some consumers may be more sensitive to spicy foods than others and may choose to moderate consumption or avoid spicier snacks due to personal preference."

Greiner agrees, to a point, saying some people can handle the spice better than others, but "it's really not good for adults, either."

For the full conversation with Greiner, see the video player above.