My dad has fond memories of Twinkies from his days as a struggling college student. And my high school class mascot (not school mascot) was the Twisted Twinkies--don't ask. Well, apparently they're coming back to stores near you, and with longer shelf lives! Doesn't that excite you?? I don't know, it kind of freaks me out, and grosses me out--no offense, Hostess.
You know, I have to say that I am not so excited about the return of Twinkies, or their cousins. I don’t mean to personally attack Hostess, but for the same reasons I’m not heartbroken over Paula Deen’s situation, I wasn’t heartbroken when Hostess items first disappeared off our store shelves, because the fact is, YOU CAN HAVE ENOUGH BUTTER.
If you didn’t get that reference, well, what I mean is that there is a serious issue when obesity is a serious plague that affects the children, as much it does the adults, in our country. Of course, some kids are like my brother was—chubby and adorable his whole childhood until he hit puberty and all his fat disappeared as he lengthened out. However, that is not the case for many kids these days, and it makes me really sad every time I see a child who is not just carrying a little baby fat, but is actually obese. And it's not that I have a problem with obese people. But like I always tell my dad--if you can be fat with zero health problems, then by all means have your cake. But that's not the case now is it? We all know that obesity leads to health issues. Unhealthy lifestyles lead to health issues.
As much as it is up to parents to properly nourish their children, companies like Hostess should take responsibility for what they’re feeding the masses as well. It shouldn’t be buckets more expensive to shop for organic, natural, whole foods, but for some reason it is. So of course, not everyone can afford to shop at Whole Foods. If everyone shopped at Whole Foods, I’m sure many families across America would be forced to live like they’re on rations, because they just can’t afford to buy enough produce for their family.
I just do not understand why people think it is okay to saturate our grocery shelves with chemicals and toxins that are meant to be consumed as nourishment. Do these companies ever feel bad about feeding people what they know is harmful? Of course when I go on my health rants, someone always has to say, “Well, we’re all going to die one day, so you might as well enjoy it.” Yes, but would you rather die with all sorts of health problems and medical bills, or die peacefully—God willing. Besides that, we all know that when we eat healthy and take care of our bodies, we feel better, we feel happier, more confident, and productive. And when we eat junk food, and lots of sugars, saturated fats, and all that yucky stuff with lists of ingredients we can’t even pronounce, we feel glumpy…really glumpy, and sometimes extremely glumpy. So is eating a Twinkie really making you that happy?
And I'm not just talking Twinkies. Does it not scare anyone else that chicken breasts at Costco are nearly as big as my head. That's just not right.
I have a dream…that one day, we will stop finding cheap ways to mass produce toxic food, and instead find cost effective ways to feed everyone proper nutrition.
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS