It’s official. Twinkies, those concoctions made of white flour, white sugar, saturated fat and a heck of a lot of preservatives, are set to return to your supermarket’s shelves in mid-July, reported AdWeek on June 27. And because so many of us mourned the reported demise of those Frankenfood treats, Hostess “is expecting a blockbuster return next month for Twinkies and other sugary treats, such as CupCakes and Donettes,” according to AdWeek. Just to tempt you further, Hostess even has added a tag line to its boxes: “The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever.” However (and you knew that a caveat was coming), the damage done to your diet by these cakes is considerable.
The ingredient list on Twinkies, reports Fooducate, reads like this: “Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Reduced Iron, B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Whole Eggs, Dextrose. Contains 2% or Less of: Modified Corn Starch, Glucose, Leavenings (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sweet Dairy Whey, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour, Cornstarch, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), Yellow 5, Red 40.” Gulp. Here’s the damage done to your body:
- Flour, dextrose, corn syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup: These simple carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to spike, giving you about 30 minutes of energy followed by a sag that will leave you craving more (good news for Twinkies’ health; bad news for your body).
- Shortening, whole eggs, beef fat: Did someone say saturated fat? You’ve got it…and it’s not good news for your cholesterol level or belly fat bulge.
- Yellow 5, red 50, artificial flavors: There’s a reason we call these Frankenfoods. Do you really want to eat ingredients concocted in a laboratory?
Now that we’ve attempted to ruin your appetite for Twinkies, here are four flavorful substitutes that are good for your health and won’t send you derailing from your diet:
- LARA Bars: These all natural treats are made of simple ingredients like almonds without either artificial sweeteners or sugar. Try the cherry pie flavor by clicking here.
- Nuts: A handful of nuts provides you with healthy fats. For the perfect snack, try a 90-calorie packet of Barney butter spread on half an apple (click to order).
- Popchips: Popped, not fried, these treats make a fabulous snack. Try them by clicking here for Popchips 6-Flavor Variety Pack.
- Enjoy Life SunButter Crunch Chewy Bars (click to buy) are ideal swaps: They contain good-for-you ingredients like quinoa, flaxseed and rice bran.