Popular Flamin' Hot Cheetos are causing turmoil among school districts in California and New Mexico.
School officials are trying to ban the bag of chips due to the lack of nutritional value.
One particular educator, Lyndon B. Johnson from a middle school in New Mexico, has composed and sent home a letter, which outlines four reasons why the popular Cheetos snack should be banned.
Johnson explicitly states:
- Cheetos lack nutritional value.
- Students replace a healthy school lunch with the Cheetos snack.
- While sharing the snack, students are spreading germs.
- Janitors are forced to clean up red fingerprints as a result.
With the new federal guidelines that limit the amount of calories served in public schools nationwide, school officials are worried students will consume more than the new guidelines deem appropriate. One bag of the Flamin' Hot Cheetos, and an adolescent will have consumed 44 grams of fat and almost 700 calories.
Under the new guidelines middle school children are only served 700 calories, grade school children are served 650 calories and high schools students are served no more than 850 calories.
Thus far, Nobel Street Charter School Network and Rockford Public Schools have banned the Flamin' Hot Cheetos due to the lack of nutritional value.
"If children were to bring in snacks that are high in fat, high in calories, that's their choice," Rockford School District Interim Superintendent Robert Willis told ABC news. "We're not going to be providing those kinds of foods."
Some health experts believe Cheetos is a highly addictive food.
According to a Lake View High School senior, on average eight out of 10 kids bring a bag of the Flamin' Hot Cheetos snacks to school. She was so addicted to the Cheetos snack that it took her three months to stop eating them.
Furthermore, there is a YouTube video featuring kids rapping about how much they love this particular snack.