Now doctors have accused these spicy snacks of causing even more trouble to the kids by making them visit an emergency room. Recently many doctors have seen patients coming in the emergency room with gastritis and other stomach related problems.
A kid who eats such chips
Andrew Median, a 12 year old LA native, who went through a series of stomach ache throughout last week, describes his pain as “like if you have a bruise or something. It really hurts a lot.”
Andrew is habitual of eating around 20 to 30 spicy chips packets a month.
The habit of eating highly spicy junk food among kids and adolescents is increasing furiously and it worries doctors a lot as the spice may mess with the pH level of stomach, causing it to be painfully acidic.
Dr. Rivera receives more and more patients with gastritis
Dr. Martha Rivera, a pediatrician at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, sees 5 to 6 children with gastritis every day.
Rivera said, “we have a population who loves to eat the hot spicy, not real foods, and they come in with these real complaints.”
The flavor coating is the real reason
Another doctor Robert Glatter, an ER physician at Lenox Hill Hospital (New York), thinks the flavor coating is the real reason that is causing all the problem of disturbed pH of stomach.
He said, “In the past, I had not seen any problems with snack food until spicy flavoring became more popular.”
He explained why kids are crazy for these spicy chips, “It’s almost like a food addiction. They seek out the burn. It’s a little thrill-seeking. ‘It’s like how much can I tolerate?’ and I’ve seen a number of children who eat four or five bags and come in screaming in pain.”
Parents! Take care of your little ones
Glatter advises parents to keep an eye on their kids and make sure they don’t become an addict of such chips.
“Parents should be aware of this. These products are not healthy and some children seem to become addicted.”