Death of the Twinkie

Millions are mourning the potential loss of their sweet, cream-filled, golden spongy goodness. Hostess, the makers of the beloved Twinkie, are closing it’s doors. People are lining up at bakery outlets everywhere, snatching up what they can. Twinkies are being sold on the internet at inflated prices. 18,000 people left jobless and you’re worried about what you’re going to do without Twinkies? What a bunch of ding dongs.

Since 1980, obesity in children has tripled. More than a third of adults in the U.S. are overweight. Obesity related conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer are on the rise. I think one less company producing sugary, fatty, chemically enhanced food would be a cause for celebration. Instead, other companies are looking into buying and sustaining this iconic “food”. I put food in quotes because it is anything but. There are more than 30 ingredients in a Twinkie including five different types of sugar, beef fat and hydrogenated oils. Twinkies also contain red dye #40, which certainly makes food pretty to look at, but if sprayed on plants will work as a pesticide. What about polysorbate 60, a cancer connected chemical used to keep the oil from separating in the “cream” filling. M-m-m-m good. NOT!

There are plenty of Frankenfood alternatives to the Twinkie but isn’t your money better spent on fresh, nourishing food and snacks? Why not send your Twinkie money to those who lost everything in the wake of Hurricane Sandy? Or better yet, to the families of the 18,000 folks who are now jobless. That would be a real zinger.

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Be Vibrant!
Tonya

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