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Can I Eat Hot Cheetos While Breastfeeding

Hot Cheetos While Breastfeeding

Cheetos is one of the most popular snacks in the world. It’s a crunchy corn cheese-flavored snack made by Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo. It’s made from extruded cornmeal and it is enriched by adding different nutrients in order to increase its nutritional value. Many mothers are told to avoid spicy foods while breastfeeding. Therefore, it makes sense for breastfeeding moms to ask the question can you eat hot Cheetos while breastfeeding. Below, we will discuss what hot Cheetos are made of, how can it affect your breastmilk, and is it safe while breastfeeding.

Can You Eat Spicy Food While Breastfeeding?

The reason why many moms are told to avoid spicy foods while breastfeeding is because these foods are thought to cause colic, gas, diarrhea, and rashes in breastfeeding babies. According to BabyCenterUK, it is safe to eat spicy food while breastfeeding. In fact, one study found that babies who are exposed to a variety of flavors through breastmilk may be more open to new flavors when they start eating solids.

That being said, there are certain foods that have strong flavors that can affect the breastmilk taste. These include mint, garlic, vanilla, and other spices.

Can I Eat Hot Cheetos While Breastfeeding? Is It Safe?

Can I Eat Hot Cheetos While Breastfeeding?

Besides Cheetos’s spicy flavor that we know is ok while breastfeeding, there may be some additives preservatives, or ingredients that may not be so healthy to consume while breastfeeding.

In fact, there were some ingredients in Cheetos’s snacks that are not permitted in food products in the EU/UK. For this reason, the US Cheetos snack was banned in the UK. Although eating a few Cheetos puffs now and then will probably do no harm, to stay on the safe side, it is better to check its ingredients before eating it while breastfeeding. On Cheetos’s website, you can view their product labels in PDF form. Print out the labels of products that you’re interested in, and show them to your doctor. Your healthcare provider will give you an answer as to whether it’s safe to use their products while you’re breastfeeding. You can find all their products and the information you need on this page.

It is also important to note that Cheetos products can vary from country to country. This means that the US Cheetos edition may be different from the UK edition. So, the best way will be to read the product label.

Hot Cheetos Product Ingredients

The original Cheetos product was Crunchy Cheetos, invented in 1948 in San Antonio, Texas. They are still in production but the product line has since expanded to include 21 different types of Cheetos in North America alone.

There are about 8 total Hot Cheetos brand variations, listed here:

According to Cheetos, below are a few of the ingredients found in the hot versions:

  • Enriched Corn Meal (Corn Meal, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, and Folic Acid)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Flamin’ Hot Seasoning (Maltodextrin [Made From Corn], Salt, Sugar, Artificial Color [Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 5], Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Sunflower Oil, Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Onion Powder, Whey, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Whey Protein Concentrate, Buttermilk, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Diacetate, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Sodium Caseinate, Skim Milk).

Monosodium Glutamate During Breastfeeding

Monosodium Glutamate is another ingredient that appears in Cheetos’s ingredient label. According to the International Glutamate Information Service, MSG is considered safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms.  

Disodium Inosinate While Breastfeeding

According to Food Additives, Disodium Inosinate (E631) is generally safe while breastfeeding but it is better to consult your doctor.

Bottom Line,

Hopefully, the above information helped you learn more about hot Cheetos while breastfeeding and answer the question Can I Eat Hot Cheetos While Breastfeeding? While spicy foods are safe to eat while breastfeeding, there are some additives preservatives and ingredients that are not so healthy, especially when breastfeeding, and it’s better to check with your doctor or nutritionist. Your healthcare provider will provide you with the best advice and recommendations.


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