ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A popular snack is under attack by a middle school health teacher in New Mexico.
After watching dozens of students munch on Frito-Lay's Flamin' Hot Cheetos during lunch, she sent a letter home to parents asking them to leave the spicy snack at home.
Because each pack of Cheetos contains nearly 700 calories, the teacher says the snacks aren't a healthy choice for teens that often eat an entire bag instead of a healthy lunch.
The teacher also said the Cheetos are a recipe for spreading germs because some students lick the cheese off their fingers while sharing a bag between friends.
In addition to the teacher's complaints, school janitors say the students leave behind messy fingerprints of the red dye from the snack's seasoning in the lunchroom.
The teacher isn't alone in her campaign as other U.S. schools have banned snacks with high fat and high salt content from their cafeterias.