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Tennessee Mom Blames Spicy Snacks For Daughter's Emergency Gallbladder Surgery

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Medical professionals says gallbladder issues are not caused by any one specific food, but that isn't stopping one mom from taking a guess as to what caused her teen daughter's recent surgery. She places the blame squarely on Hot Cheetos and Takis. 

Rene Craighead's 17-year-old daughter, also named Rene, recently had to have her gallbladder removed. Rene Sr., who lives in Memphis, told WREG-TV she believes it was all the spicy chips her daughter was eating that led to her health issues. Rene Jr. says she was consuming nearly four bags of the spicy chips a day, right up until she began having stomach pains. After being taken to the hospital, Rene Jr. underwent surgery and her gallbladder was removed.

Not everyone agrees with Craighead's Cheetos diagnosis. 

Frito Lay, the manufacturer of the spicy chips, said:

At Frito-Lay, food safety is always our number one priority, and our snacks meet all applicable food safety regulations as well as our rigorous quality standards. Some consumers may be more sensitive to spicy foods than others and may choose to avoid spicier snacks due to personal preference.

The makers of Takis weighed in with a statement of their own, saying:

We assure you that Takis are safe to eat, but should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet. Takis ingredients fully comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, and all of the ingredients in each flavor are listed in detail on the label. Always check the serving size before snacking.