There are two types of people in this world: those who are happy with a book on the beach and those who crave more excitement and thrill during the summertime. If you fall into the latter category, chances are we can find you this summer at an amusement park or county fair, getting your fill of adrenaline. However, adrenaline isn't all that you fill up on at amusement parks.
Amusement parks, state fairs, and local fairs are all notorious for their over-the-top foods. From cotton candy the size of your head to cheese fries loaded with toppings, being a healthy daredevil is quite the challenge. While we have a nutrition cheat sheet to help you take on amusement park eats, Hostess has just made it harder to resist those outrageous, delicious foods even if you don't step foot near any of these summery events.
Introducing the pre-packaged, frozen deep-fried Twinkie—coming soon to a supermarket near you. The deep-fried Twinkie is a much-discussed food of many state fairs and now Hostess is capitalizing on the trend by bringing it right to your kitchen. But you won't be so thrilled when you find out exactly what they're doing to your body. Let's take a closer look.
A traditional twinkie consists primarily of flour, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and additives like monoglycerides and diglycerides to enhance flavor and extend shelf life. It rings in at 135 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.3 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrates, and 33 g sugar. These are extremely high levels of fat, carbohydrates, and sugar for such a small sized treat.
Deep frying the twinkie only makes things far worse. A deep fried twinkie is traditionally prepared by battering the treat in flour, oil, milk, and salt then dunking it in the hot oil of the deep fryer. This process more than doubles the calories, bringing the calorie count to a whopping 361 calories and the nutritional values to 28 g of fat (5.3 g saturated fat), 228 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrates, and 14 g sugar. For essentially the same amount of fat, you could eat 3 ½ slices of Domino’s pizza.
When Hostess declared bankruptcy in 2012, anarchy ensued. Adults and children alike mourned the loss, Twinkie fanatics began buying up all the Twinkies off the shelves before they went off the market, and groups like "Bring Back Twinkies" began popping up on Facebook. Will this next Hostess product cause as big of a stir as the Twinkie Scare of 2012? Due to its nutrition information, we hope not.
While the ingredients and nutrition facts for the Hostess pre-packaged frozen deep-fried Twinkie has not been released yet, we can use our imagination. The traditional Twinkie already boasts an ingredient list rife with harmful additives. A recent study reported that the monoglycerides and diglycerides, (otherwise known as emulsifiers and found in traditional Twinkies) have been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, and intestinal inflammatory diseases. Frozen foods require more additives to extend shelf life and preserve flavor over time, which will make the Twinkie reboot even less beneficial to our health. It should undoubtedly be added to our list of worst packaged foods in America.
The moral of the story? Save your body from a harmful rollercoaster ride and steer clear of this new Hostess product. You're better off eating a real deep-fried Twinkie at your nearest state fair. And that's saying a lot!