Takis Causing Children to Get Sick With Ulcers And Cancer.
A 39 year old Lancaster, California mother, Rita Johnson, rushed her 10-year-old daughter to an urgent care with extreme stomach pain over the weekend. The child was experiencing these stomach pains off and on for about two days.
During the examination, E.R. Doctor Robert Matthews, evaluated her stomach, ran blood tests and urine tests. He also check for tenderness and found the area that was causing her daughter’s pain.
Dr. Matthews questioned the mother about the girls eating habits. Johnson assured the doctor that they had a very consistent and healthy eating pattern, but she would allow her daughter to have about three bags of Takis per month. As soon as the doctor heard this, he warned her right away about the dangers of that snack.
According to recent reports, a 16 month old patient was also admitted to the hospital for throat cancer due to eating these chips. The child’s teeth did not even grow because his gums were affected by eating Takis and he is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment in LA Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Matthews warned Johnson not to allow her daughter to eat any of those chips again. “These chips have been proven to be extremely harsh on the throat, stomach and mouth. The chemicals and seasonings in the chips cause corrosion in the stomach and the throat,” said Dr. Matthews. “I have seen an increase in stomach ulcers in children who have been eating these chips.”
Johnson’s daughter was treated for 10 days for her stomach pain and monitored for ulcers. Spicy chips should not be included in the diet of 16-month-old children, I don’t think you need a doctor to tell you that.
Parents with children of all ages need to know there is a risk in allowing your children to eat this spicy snack. Beware and share!