New York, NY – Social media uttered a collective “WTF” when Lil Xan claimed he’d overdosed on Hot Cheetos and needed an ambulance ride to the hospital. While Xan assured his fans he was fine, he did reveal the overconsumption of the orange-dusted cornmeal puffs “ripped something” in his stomach.
While some people called foul and concluded he was probably on drugs, the gastrointestinal consequences of eating too many Hot Cheetos is, in fact, a thing.
According to New York magazine’s Grub Street blog, consumption of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Takis are the “leading cause of gastric-related hospital visits among kids, with one Memphis, Tennessee, children’s hospital estimating this year that it sees 100-150 patients per year following overconsumption of spicy snacks.”
Overindulging in spicy snacks can reek havoc on the entire gastrointestinal system.
Billboard reached out to a Frito-Lay spokesperson who said, “At Frito-Lay, we aim to delight our consumers and food safety is always our number one priority. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos meet all applicable food safety regulations, as well as our rigorous quality standards.
“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.”
Dr. Thomas Ullman, the chief of gastroenterology at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore Medical Center, also weighed in.
“Depending on what’s in the spicy snack food, the potential for GI [gastrointestinal] intolerance could be a volume-based phenomenon,” Dr. Ullman told Billboard. “In my reading on this, it seems as though some of the complaints or some of the presenting symptoms such as red stool are people mistaking what they think is blood for what is red dyes that are in foods.
“Overeating anything can cause GI intolerance or gastrointestinal symptoms and any number of other symptoms, vomiting among them.”
Xan is adamant he’s “never been more healthier and sober” in his life. The 21-year-old just kicked off the Total Xanarchy Tour in New York on Wednesday night (September 26).
For now, he simply has to lay off the Cheetos.