FACT CHECK: Spicy snacks, like Takis and Hot Cheetos will cause ulcers in children?? [#FactCheck #SpicySnacks] 05/31
A claim with a history on social media has again gone viral after a warning posted to Facebook last year:
“IF YOU OR YOUR KIDS EAT TAKIS, READ THIS!” Ashley Kimberly wrote in December.
The post, which claims the spicy tortilla chips are toxic to the stomach, includes a picture of a sick-looking young child next to an image of a bag of Takis snacks. “He loved eating takis. They were his favorite treat. We would let him get them a few times a week,” the post reads.
Several other people posted the same text, with notes such as “If you have kids please read” and “If you and your kids eat Takis, read this.”
This claim is PARTLY FALSE.
Though it is true that spicy snacks can cause gastrointestinal distress, it is false to say they are toxic or cause cancer or ulcers.
Fact check: Spicy snacks, like Takis and Hot Cheetos, won’t cause ulcers in children