Five reasons why banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos is flaming stupid

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Of all the things on the planet to get people's knickers in a twist, this week it happens to be Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Several public schools in California, New Mexico and Illinois have banned these spicy red snacks, claiming they are unhealthy, germy, messy, addictive and salty. Sure, a tiny bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos has almost thirty grams of fat and enough sodium to kill a modest-sized houseplant, but is banning chips really the solution to correcting the ills that public school children face in these complicated times?

Here are five reasons why banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos is f*cking ridiculous. And I ate an entire four-ounce bag of them while I was writing this....

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5. Flamin' Hot Cheetos are unhealthy compared to what?

While these Cheetos are probably not the most nutritionally viable snack option in the world, but if you are familiar with the current state of most school lunches, it's no surprise that kids are cramming their gullets full of bagged snack chips rather than tucking into plastic trays covered with Saharan dry turkey, corn swimming in melted margarine, concrete spheres of instant mashed potatoes and, if the children are super-lucky, gravy from a can. Yes, Cheetos are unhealthy, but at least they don't traumatize kids for years -- with the only real cure coming when they hit college and discover Cheetos all over again, hopefully future-jazzed up versions with added caffeine, blue dye and edible glitter.

4. Sharing Cheetos isn't germier than most things kids do.

Anyone who has school-aged youngsters knows the daily germ-orgies that their children actively participate in, like licking the family pets, drinking toilet water and shoving their chubby little fingers in there. One of the gripes put forth by school administrators is that kids sharing bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos are swapping germs. They are probably right about that, but kids are growing up pretty fast these days, so if sharing bags of chips is the only way these freaky little pre-adolescents are getting germs from each other, then school officials should be grateful.

3. They ARE messy, but what about job security?

Any variety of Cheetos leaves fiery fingers, stained shirts and flamey-colored powder prints on walls, desks, safety scissors and construction paper, but aside from the novel concept of asking those spoiled little bastards to clean up after themselves, maybe more red fingerprints are a good thing -- for the janitorial staff. If children stopped being sloppy, messy little sh*ts, we'd have yet more unemployed workers in our still-sluggish economy. And as much as I empathize with janitors having to polish off Cheeto-prints from the hallowed halls of educational institutions, that still beats waiting for a paltry unemployment check or standing in line at the human services offices to get food stamps. You can buy Flamin' Hot Cheetos with food stamps, so the full-circle there is depressing as hell.

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This article is flaming stupid


NPR did a story on Flaming Hot Cheetos and kids some time ago.  They say that the burn of the cheeto combined releases seratonin and gets the kids high.  Thats a stretch but hilarious nonetheless. 


Second, you must watch this fabulous music video entitled Hot Cheetos and Takis.


I only eat the regular, original Chee-tohs (I don't care for the other kinds) and can't stop once I get started.  Don't leave a "family size" bag near me because it won't be there when you come looking for it.  However, you'll find the empty bag in the wastebasket.  You can have that.

Leah Arthur
Leah Arthur

As a children's librarian, I love this idea! Too many red fingerprint-stained books!


 @steveville I still love those most of all--but my trick is to dip the hot ones in lemon juice and eat them. It sounds gross, but surprise!

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