Aside from being tasty, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos provide a few essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin E. However, eating a large amount of the spicy chips can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and heartburn. They also contain many ingredients that are not healthy, including monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and colors, high levels of sodium, and corn. These foods can lead to stomach pain, constipation, indigestion, and even allergic reactions in some people.
One ounce of the snack contains 160 calories, 17 percent of the recommended daily value for fat, and 10 percent of the recommended daily value of sodium. This makes it not the healthiest option for those who are trying to lose weight or manage their diets. In addition, the flavor can irritate the digestive tract and cause acid reflux in some people who are sensitive to highly spiced snacks.
Eating too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos can lead to addiction, as the flavor can trigger the brain to crave more. This is because the chemicals and ingredients in the snack can lead to dopamine release in the brain, which override other signals of fullness.
If you’re craving a crunchy, salty snack, try substituting the Cheetos for whole grains or a veggie-based chip. Or, if you must have the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, limit it to the weekends and avoid consuming them at work or school. This will help you stay on track with your healthy pregnancy diet and ensure you’re not getting addicted to the snack.