Spicy chips, like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Takis, are extremely popular foods that add a little kick to snacktime, but could they result in major health problems?

According to 22-year-old rapper Lil Xan — they can.

Lil Xan, who rose to stardom with breakout hit “Betrayed,” posted on Instagram on Tuesday that he’d been hospitalized.


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But he wanted fans to know it wasn’t drugs to blame. The rapper said in a video:

“I just want to let everybody know that I was in the hospital, not due to any drugs but I guess I ate too many hot Cheetos and it ripped … something in my stomach open a little bit and I puked a little blood. So we good.”

Though the 22-year-old seemed to be recovered and in good spirits, he warned fans that “Hot Cheetos are one hell of a drug.”


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Just wanna let everyone know that I’m good,healthier then I’ve ever been and ready to kick of my third Tour in NY ina couple days ! Also be careful,Hot Cheetos are one hell of a drug aha ! ? love you all ! ?“Be Safe” Coming soon !????

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The rapper isn’t the first in recent months to be hospitalized for eating too many spicy chips. It’s a growing trend among teens and young adults, Dearly previously reported.

Dr. Cary Canvender from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital told WREG:

“We probably see around 100 kids a month, easily.”

In July, a Tennessee mother said her 17-year-old daughter had to have her gallbladder removed after consuming four bags of spicy chips a week.

Canvender said that consuming the snacks can result in stomach issues, including “gastritis and ulcer-related stuff.”


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After the Tennessee teen’s mother spoke out against spicy chips, Frito-Lay issued a statement about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos:

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.

It’s unclear exactly how many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Lil Xan was consuming before his hospitalization. But hopefully, he’ll be laying off the spicy snacks for some time.

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