Here's what a Twinkie is: TWINKIE - a "Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling" created by Hostess
I needed to get small bills to put in the box at the trail head today so I stopped at a gas station and bought a pack of Twinkies. "The Artist's Way" has an exercise where you write down some of your favorite foods as a kid. Everybody loves Twinkies and AJ and I were just talking about how they are one thing that was on both our lists.
I will never eat another Twinkie. EVER.
Not only are they SO sweet that they are almost bitter, they are full of the worst junk ever known to man. Let's go over some of the ingredients:
1-Enriched Wheat Flour - enriched with ferrous sulphate (iron), B vitamins (niacin, thiamine mononitrate [B1], riboflavin [B12] and folic acid)
Basically they bleach the flour to make sure there aren't any more pesticides or any other crap in it. Then they put a bunch of things back in to try and make up for everything they killed.
The first "real" ingredient.
Sugar alone isn't sweet enough. It's also not the right texture. Corn syrup isn't too bad.
Real ingredient #2
5-High fructose corn syrup
This is the killer. Avoid this at all costs. See, sugar and corn syrup aren't sweet enough together even, so they had to add this crap. Your body doesn't know what to do with it. It's unnatural in this form. They took 2 molecules and smashed them together to make a pseudo-molecule that's extra tasty sweet. But, in that form, your body can't digest it right. It knows it's sweet, so it makes some insulin to try and break it down, but it doesn't work. Your body stores the High Fructose Corn Syrup and you get fat and the extra insulin makes you diabetic. Hello modern America.
6-Vegetable and/or animal shortening (containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed or canola oil, lard and beef fat)
This is so it tastes rich and good. The more fat in there, the more your tongue will be able to taste every morsel. Why the hell they need 5 kinds of fat... that's just insane.
This is another name for Glucose. Why change the name? Maybe to hide what it is from the public? Who knows. It's another sweetener because the other 3 aren't enough.
The 3rd real ingredient.
Then there's a bunch of extra stuff to put it in a nice little package for your enjoyment.
Contains 2% or less of:
Modified corn starch
Whey Leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate)
Corn syrup solids
Mono and diglycerides
Sodium stearol lactylate
Natural and artificial flavors
Sorbic acid (to retain freshness)
Color added (yellow 5, red 40)
Now you know.
And knowing is half the battle.
Don't eat Twinkies. They'll kill you.