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Teacher tries to ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos

4:31 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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By Doug Fernandez

Albuquerque, NM (KOAT/CNN) - A teacher in New Mexico is trying to cool down a hot trend.

The teacher says the snack food, Flamin' Hot Cheetos is a health hazard and a mess and they want it banned from school.

The popularity of Flamin' Hot Cheetos has fired up a health teacher at Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School.

That teacher is taking a stance to douse student snacking on the teen favorite.

A letter to parents urges them to keep the Cheetos at home for many reasons: poor nutritional value, students eat Cheetos instead of a good lunch, plus the sharing of Cheetos spreads germs. The last and messiest reason is that janitors have to clean up red fingerprints everywhere from the dye in the Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

LBJ parents admit they are guilty of feeding the habit.

"My daughter brings snack packs to school, I don't have her bringing a family size pack of Cheetos to school. Just because I know my child and I know she would eat the whole bag in one day," said Chante Coleman.

On bag usually has four servings, but administrators are concerned many students will eat the whole thing, chomping down 44 grams of fat and nearly 700 calories at once. That's about half the caloric intake a teenager needs in one day.

"I do appreciate that the school is trying to take charge in that way to keep the kids healthy and active," said Coleman.

The bottom line: the school is encouraging kids and parents to put down the Flamin' Hot Cheetos and pick up a healthier snack.



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