New Twinkies and Quality Calories
April 1, 2014
American’s are consuming more calories year after year. Empty calories are hidden in just about every processed food. In fact, as the graphic shows, 60% of Americans consume 20% of their daily calories from snack foods.
Snack foods like chips, crackers, cookies, and candy are very low in nutritional value. Your body needs vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats in order to be at your healthiest. If you are giving away 20% of your calories to foods that do nothing for your body, you are throwing your health down the drain (literally).
If you think that eating poorly “once in a while” won’t really impact you, think again. Not only are fast food meals high in calories, they are chocked full on the wrong kind of calories. Many of the calories in a fast food meal come from trans fats, sodium, high fructose corn syrup, and sugar. All of these “dirty” ingredients lead to obesity related diseases like, heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic disorders. These ingredients are added to virtually all processed foods in order to extend the shelf life.
I heard recently that the Twinkie has been re-formulated to have a longer shelf life. The original Twinkie could sit on store shelves for up to 26 days – almost a full month! The new “improved” Twinkie can now be sold for up to 45 days. Wow, why is that good? I am not sure.
If a food can sit for that length of time without rotting, what is it doing to the inside of our bodies? I have heard many parents say, “I don’t eat that stuff! I just buy it for my kids”. While we may think that kids “burn it off” or have a higher metabolism, that is simply not true. Processed foods are just as damaging, if not more damaging for kids. In fact, children have smaller bodies that are less equipped to process the same levels of toxins as adult bodies.
Eating healthy needs to become a family affair. We will all enjoy life more, save money, and live longer. So, the next time you are tempted to stop by the drive thru, remember your health and your kid’s health is worth the extra time and money to purchase real food.