Flamin' Hot Cheetos (Photo Courtesy: ABC)
School districts in California and New Mexico are waging war against junk food, and one fiery, fried Frito Lay product is directly in their crosshairs.
According to ABC news, school officials in the two states are moving to remove Flamin' Hot Cheetos from their vending machines and cafeterias because the popular snacks contain high levels of unhealthy ingredients.
A single bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos contains 26 grams of fat and a quarter of one's daily recommended allowance of salt, according to school officials.
Officials are not attempting to ban the Frito Lay product entirely from school grounds. Robet Willis, Interim Superintendent in Rockford, Illinois, where they have already eliminated the product explains, ""If children were to bring in snacks that are high in fat, high in calories, that's their choice. We're not going to be providing those kinds of foods."
Also under advisory is the suggestion that Flamin' Hot Cheetos are "hyperpalatable", or addictive.
Clinical psychologist at the University of Michigan, Ashley Gearhardt, explains, "Our brain is really hardwired to find things like fat and salt really rewarding and now we have foods that have them in such high levels that it can trigger an addictive process."
Frito Lay released a statement in response, declaring they are "committed to responsible and ethical business practices, which includes not marketing our products to children ages 12 and under."