Aside from Lil Xan's lil incident, the biggest blip on the "Hot Cheetos Will Lead to Hospitalization" radar happened way back in 2012, on the precipice of FHC's popularity. But, it was really a case of food coloring-fueled misunderstanding, as many parents were taking their kids to the hospital after discovering (what they thought) was blood in their stool and/or vomit. It was just flamin' hot dust staining the bodily fluids of our children. No big deal!
Aside from that, it does seem pretty clear that the level of spice present in snacks like Flamin' Hot Cheetos can exacerbate stomach issues, and even cause some slight levels of discomfort in those without preexisting stomach issues. But this could pretty much pertain to almost any spicy food.
To be certain of the particular threat of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, I consulted Dr. Partha Nandi, the creator and host of the Emmy-award winning, gastro-centric show, Ask Dr. Nandi, who had this to say:
"Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and similar snacks can cause stomach irritation and damage in some individuals so it’s definitely possible that they affected Lil Xan. These are not great snacks with its simple carbs and artificial ingredients. It’s really high in calories as well. So, have Flamin' Hot Cheetos once in a while but don’t make it a habit."
This pretty much corroborates with what the internet -- and my intuition, which is basically the internet of my soul -- has told me. Either Mr. Xan was eating way, way too many Flamin' Hot Cheetos (like hundreds per day), or, he had a preexisting stomach condition that was severely bothered by the spices.
So the moral of the story is the same moral of so many viral, food-based internet tales of modern times: Ridiculous food is usually OK, in moderation.
Just pace yourself, kids. And if anything, let Lil Xan serve as a example of both how to live, and how not to live, simultaneously.