Hot Cheetos may be to blame for teen having gallbladder removed

Henrietta Strickland
July 27, 2018

But that was before the teen started feeling "sick to her stomach" and needed gallbladder surgery, WREG reported.

The senior at Craigmont High School says she was likely eating four bags of spicy chips - including Hot Cheetos, Takis and Hot Fries - per week.

Rene Craighead said her 17-year-old daughter, also named Rene, loves Hot Cheetos and spicy Takis so much so that she eats whole bags of them. She says her daughter loves the snacks, and asks for them every time she goes to the store.

A teen's gallbladder was removed because she ate hot snacks and her mother has warned against it. In a report published Thursday, the mother told the station in a report last week that her child "was eating big bags and would take them to school with her".

Dr. Canvender says parents need to monitor their kids' diets to make sure they're being healthy. Craighead said she was "surprised" that her daughter eventually became ill.

Rene Craighead said, "When my daughter had to have this surgery, I knew I had to tell everybody about it".

'For some people it can come on fairly suddenly, Dr Jonathan Buscaglia, division chief of gastroenterology at Stony Brook School of Medicine in NY, told Daily Mail Online. Surgery to remove it is common, but means patients may struggle to process fatty foods as easily afterwards.

Dr. Carrie Firestone Baum, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami who wasn't involved in Rene's case, said it's unclear whether eating spicy snacks can lead to gallbladder problems.

Dr Buscaglia said there is now no medical evidence to support that spicy foods causes a number of diseases including gall stones, pancreatitis and infalammatory bowel disease.

"I've had patients go to the ER because of it", she told the newspaper.

However, research suggests eating specific foods will not cause gallbladder problems. But she said that spicy snacks can cause gastritis, or irritation of the lining of the stomach, and stomach pain. "Always check the serving size before snacking".

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