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We were all heartbroken this morning when news came out that Hostess, the company that makes some of our favorite, most delicious treats, will be closing its doors after a dispute with the company’s workers. 

DETAILS: Nooo! Twinkies, Wonder Bread & Ding Dongs Going Out Of Business!

From Wonder Bread to Ding Dongs, Hostess made many great products, but, honestly, nothing beats a Twinkie.

Since the Twinkie was first introduced back in the 1930s, the snack has been one of the most popular treats out there. However, as the years passed, the Twinkie built a rep as an unhealthy treat.

It’s a rep that is well deserved.

Scroll down and find out exactly what is inside a Twinkie! 

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour

When you hear the word “enriched” you automatically think good stuff. This, folks, is not true. This informative blog on GlobalHealingCenter explains why:

“The reality is that many of the good things that were originally in it have been stripped out through refinement. The components added back to the flour are actually toxic!

Iron is a “nutrient” added to enriched flour, except the type of iron added is not really a nutrient at all, but is considered a metallic iron. Metallic iron is not bioavailable to the human body and was never meant to be consumed.

Enriched flour is not absorbed by the body as wheat or a grain, in which case your body could use the energy slowly and effectively, but as a starch.

That is because the wheat germ has been stripped from the flour; the FDA states that enriched flour cannot have more than 5% wheat germ.”

So, really, it’s just a bunch of starch, which turns into sugar. (Not a great start.)

 

Water

Water is the best stuff on the planet. No beef here. 

Sugar

Not very good for you, but you can’t be surprised, right? It’s a Twinkie. 

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Basically, if a food is processed, it is jam packed with this stuff, which is a sugar substitute made from corn. This stuff is brutal and one of the reasons why our obesity rate is so high in the United States. 

Partially-hydrogenated Vegetable Oil 

Also known as Trans Fats, also known as utter and complete sh*t. Basically Trans Fat is an engineered product that is unhealthier than any other real oil out there. MayoClinic says: 

“Scientists aren’t sure exactly why, but the addition of hydrogen to oil increases your cholesterol more than do other types of fats. It’s thought that adding hydrogen to oil makes the oil more difficult to digest, and your body recognizes trans fats as saturated fats.” 

 

Eggs

Eggs are high in cholesterol, but whatever. Eggs are really in anything cakey. 

Dextrose

Just a fancy way to say more sugar that’s not natural. This stuff is plain awful for you, folks. 

Soy Lecithin 

Soy lecithin is an ingredient that is found in most baked good products. It’s usually found in small doses and is shown not to have many ill effects.

Salt

Probably just a sprinkle.

Mono and Diglycerides 

Ahhhh, poison! This stuff is usually used to combine ingredients containing fats with those containing water. Apparently this stuff is important because it will extend a food’s shelf life. (You know that myth about Twinkies never going bad, right?)

Cellulose Gum

What can we say about Cellulose Gum other than that it’s a product that is commonly found in hair gels and laxatives? Yummy. 

Sodium Stearate

Sodium stearate is one of the most common ingredients that you’ll find in soap. Double yummy. Now, to be fair to Twinkies, they stress that there is less than 2 percent of this kind of stuff in the product, but, still.

Polysorbate 60

Polysorbate 60 is a product that’s found in most artificial creams (what, you thought Twinkie filling was 100 percent natural?) It is also commonly found in other delicious items like mouth sore medicine and rocks.


Calcium Sulfate

Similar to Polysorbate 60, Calcium Sulfate is found in pleasant things like rocks, rocket fuel and sheet rock.