A food expert has responded after Lil Xan revealed that his recent hospitalisation was due to eating “too many hot Cheetos”.
Yesterday (September 24), the rapper concerned fans by posting an image of himself in the back of an ambulance. Later, he streamed a message to his followers via Instagram Live – explaining that his hospital visit wasn’t a result of drugs.
“Ya, I went to the hospital today,” Xan confirmed during the broadcast, as he was seen preparing for his tour. “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 [laughs] something in my stomach open a little bit and I puked a little blood. So we good.”
In the post’s caption, Xan said that he’s “healthier than I’ve ever been” ahead of his upcoming live shows. “Also be careful,” he added. “Hot Cheetos are one hell of a drug aha !”
Now, his claims have seemingly been backed up by a leading expert.
Speaking to Billboard, Dr. Thomas Ullman, the chief of gastroenterology at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore Medical Center, said: “Depending on what’s in the spicy snack food, the potential for GI [gastrointestinal] intolerance could be a volume-based phenomenon.
“In my reading on this, it seems as though some of the complaints or some of the presenting symptoms such as red stool are people mistaking what they think is blood for what is red dyes that are in foods.
“Overeating anything can cause GI intolerance or gastrointestinal symptoms and any number of other symptoms, vomiting among them.”
A spokesperson for Cheetos maker Frito-Lay added: “At Frito-Lay, we aim to delight our consumers and food safety is always our number one priority. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos meet all applicable food safety regulations, as well as our rigorous quality standards. That said, we realize some consumers may be more sensitive to spicy foods than others and may choose to moderate consumption or avoid spicier snacks due to personal preference.”
Earlier this month, Lil Xan spoke about his last encounter with Mac Miller – and how his death made him consider “retiring after this contract”.
“The Mac shit is crazy,” he said. “I’ve been crying in my apartment, Mac didn’t die, Mac didn’t overdose.”
He added: “When your hero dies, fuck that shit, I don’t want to make music no more.”
However, the rapper confirmed last week that he has two new tracks on the way.
Lil Xan released his debut album ‘Total Xanarchy’ back in April. In a two-star review, NME said of the LP: “Stretched to a full album’s worth of material, Xan’s music, like a certain branded prescription drug, quickly tires those with little tolerance.”