‘Unhealthy’ Cheetos Is Banned In California, Illinois, New Mexico Schools
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos has been declared a health hazard in several schools of California, Illinois, and New Mexico and banned, as a result. While the kids may not like that, a health teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School in New Mexico would surely be happy with the ban. This teacher had been running a campaign for the past some time to drive home the point that Cheetos were an addictive treat, high in fat and salt.
The teacher had also sent a letter home to parents outlining four reasons why Cheetos should be abandoned – poor nutritional value, poor replacement of lunch, facilitating the spread of germs (with students sharing it), and red fingerprints everywhere on school walls. The school administration is also worried that though a bag of Cheetos contains four servings, students end up eating all of it alone, consuming 44gms of fat and 700 calories in the process.
Some of the schools, which have banned Cheetos, will even confiscate the packs if a student brings it for lunch from home. The attitude of the schools is understandable in light of the fact that “hyperpalatable foods” (which Cheetos is) can create addictive response in the brain, akin to drugs and alcohol.
Cheetos is a highly popular American snack and parents, apparently, do not have any problem in their children being addicted to it. This can be gauged from the videos uploaded on YouTube, where parents film their child trying Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for the first time. In this scenario, do you think the decision to ban Cheetos is the right decision? Will it save our children from an unhealthy future.
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