NEW MEXICO -

The popularity of Flamin' Hot Cheetos has fired up a health teacher at Lyndon B Johnson Middle School in New Mexico. That teacher says the snack food is a health hazard, a mess and they want it banned from school .

A letter to parents urges them to keep the Cheetos at home for many reasons: poor nutritional value, students eat Cheetos instead of a good lunch, plus, they share the Cheetos, spreading germs.

And the last and messiest reason, janitors have to clean up red fingerprints everywhere from the dye in the Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

Parents admit they are guilty of feeding the habit.

"My daughter brings snack packs to school, I don't have her bringing a family size pack of Cheetos to school. Just because I know my child and I know she would eat the whole bag in one day."

This bag has four servings ---but administrators are concerned many students will eat the whole thing, chomping down 44 grams of fat and nearly 700 calories at once.

That's about half the caloric intake a teenager needs in a day.

"I do appreciate that the school is trying to take charge in that way to keep the kids healthy and active."

The bottom line here, the school is encouraging kids and parents to put down the Flamin' Hot Cheetos and pick up a healthier snack.

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