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The Dying Twinkie

The dying TwinkieRecently in the news we have heard that Hostess who creates the Twinkie and other products such as Wonder Bread, Ho-Ho’s or Ding Dongs is filing bankruptcy and will no longer exist.  However lined up is a slew of companies that want the recipes and rights to produce Hostess products we all have grown to love as Americans.   After hearing this news, I decided to do research to find out more.  All I knew about Twinkies was I ate them as a treat throughout my childhood and knew they had no nutritional value as an adult.  Twinkies in fact just like the world around them have changed throughout the years.  There is even an urban legend about Twinkies!  Scary!

Legend:

Twinkies have a shelf life of 50-100 years and contains a chemical that is found in embalming fluid.  Of course this is not true but I am sure fun to share while eating a Twinkie.

Facts:

Twinkies have 150 calories.  It takes 8 million pounds of sugar and one million eggs to produce 500 million Twinkies per year.

There are around 37 ingredients in Twinkies, the ingredients are stable enough that they may get stale but they don’t seem to rot. In fact most of the ingredients are mined from the earth!  You can check out all the ingredients here – mined ingredients to produce a twinkiehttp://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38872091/ns/today-food/t/ingredients-twinkie-eaters-ingest/#.ULi9JLRTtFI

Twinkie filling was once made of banana cream, which actually contained fruit and dairy but was replaced by other products because of shelf life.  Cellulose gum harvested from trees goes into the white filling. Corn dextrin made from maize (same as the glue you lick on the back of envelopes) gives it a sticky coating, and the Polysorbate 60 gives the  gooeyness. Sounds tasty doesn’t it?

Twinkie is a short bread similar to your shortbread you have with strawberries.

President Bill Clinton wanted a Twinkie to go in the time capsule but was refused due to mice may actually be attracted to eat it!

Twinkie no more

Actually on eBay you can purchase your own box of Twinkies for a price, I hear they are selling for $8 – $60 for a box of ten!  I doubt if I will be running to the store and buying my own box to make my fortune, however I will remember the Twinkie years… maybe.  If it does live on with another company, it still is not going to be healthy.

Now how can I relate this to our Spiritual side of life?  Everything changes with time, but it is up to us to decide if we should eat it.  What may be pleasing to the eye or look like sweetness is nothing more than fluffed up promises with negative side effects.  We must learn to be wise and learn what is good for our soul.  Eat that which is good for it produces a fruitful heart and what comes out of a man’s heart is what he has allowed to come in.

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