TWINKIE TRAUMA

Healthy by Nature radio show this week:  Jonathan Wright, MD one of my heroes, is a legend in nutritional and alternative medicine circles. He has been teaching doctors and innovating for decades. We discuss the use of blood thinners and his book Maximize Your Vitality & Potency…for men over 40. Click here to find podcasts, show archives and how to listen nationwide.
 
Will life go on without Twinkies?
Barring unlikely success with last ditch mediation between management and the unions, Hostess Twinkies may be gone. (Also on the chopping block: Zingers, Ho Hos, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs, etc.)  But, no need to panic. Most likely the “recipes” and trademarks will be purchased out of the bankruptcy by another company. Hostess fell victim to a variety of business issues. One of the issues is good news for the collective health of the country–the demand for this type of junk has been diminishing and the company failed to create healthier alternatives.

Twinkies are the iconic poster child of junk food. They have been the butt of jokes; used as the defense in a famous murder trial; and the subject of urban legends. Myth has it that Twinkies were used for the wedding cake at a Hill Billy wedding. It is also widely believed that they are like plastic and so will last forever. Actually, they do carry expiration dates even though the only ingredient I would consider a food is “whole eggs”.

Twinkies are mostly sugar. Each one contains a little over 4 1/2 tsp of sugar from: sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, glucose and dextrose.  Starch is also a major component in the form of white flour, modified corn starch, cornstarch and corn flour. (Note: the body almost immediately turns starch into blood-glucose-spiking sugar.) Twinkies also contain the notorious Trans fats from shortening or partially hydrogenated oils. (However, due to a loop hole in FDA requirements, a small amount (500 mg) can be listed as zero.) They also contain artificial flavors and artificial colors. Oh, and that “cream filling”? It is not cream, just a froth of shortening and sugar.

Do you still crave them in spite of all those discouraging facts? Lucky for you, it is not too late to buy a box of 10 for roughly $15.00 on eBay.
 
Last Week
LINK to Archive. Dr. Parris Kidd and I picked up where we left off last time talking about the balancing act between calcium and magnesium. Right at the end our discussion about bone health, I said I’d repeat the name of the form of calcium supplied in Doctor’s Best Calcium Bone Maker Complex–microcrystalline hydroxyapatite. It is a freeze-dried bone meal from New Zealand and is the exact form from which our bones are made. The complex also provides many other nutrients required to make bone including the most generous amount of vitamin D I’ve seen in any bone product (1,800 IU). It also contains vitamin K, which helps get calcium into the bones and keeps it from building up in arteries. We talked about Best Brain Magnesium and High Absorption Chelated Magnesium. As you may know by now, I’m a big fan of magnesium and these are two great sources. In Andy’s segment he talked about diabetes with nutritionist Muna Abu Awad from the Natural Grocers in Richardson.

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