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  •  Wrong place for these comments (18+ / 0-)

    Am I the only one who feels that comments criticizing the products that the diarist used to make before the company closed down are in bad taste and inappropriate?

    Yes, many of us have opinions -- maybe strong ones -- about products like Wonder Bread and Twinkies.  But in the context of this diary -- remember, the diarist is now unemployed -- those comments just seem mean.

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    by TexasTom on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 12:07:53 PM PST

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    •  It is completely insensitive and out of place. (7+ / 0-)

      The only response to what these workers are going thru is


      compassion and empathy.

      If they want to discuss nutrition they should write their own diary. And even that sort of diary is inappropriate at this time while these workers are just now beginning to deal with unemployment.

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      by JayRaye on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 12:58:51 PM PST

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      •  I disagree. (7+ / 0-)

        Twinkies were not always made of crap. The addition of extreme preservatives and HFC etc., were part of the same mechanism that enables this harvesting. It does not diminish the bakers, they don't buy the ingredients or set parameters.

        •  Agree..I worked at Continental Baking in the 80s (3+ / 0-)
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          And Hostess products are not the only "unhealthy" products.  In NYC you get to see nutritional facts when you buy similar but "higher quality" products like gourmet cupcakes.  The saturated fats and calories are high in these as well.  HFCS was introduced mainly by the beverage industry as a cheap replacement for sugar.  Sugar in the US costs a lot more than HFCS due to subsidies for the corn industry while forcing the price of sugar up.  For the most part HFCS and sugar are both simple sugars with similar physiological impacts on humans.

          Hostess/Wonder also made some fairly good products including their rye bread - but they didn't move fast enough into other health products like Arnold and Pepperidge Farm.

    •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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      Besides Twinkies are damn tasty.  They are clearly in the guilty pleasure category of food along with Pop Tarts, Cheez Its and other artificially tasty things. I'm a pretty healthy eater and occasionally I will indulge in one of these foods.

      I don't care what they are made of - could be the hearts of fallen tinker bells, at the right time they are snack nirvana.

      As long as you don't eat them all the time, they won't kill you or make you fat. So no need for the health food patrol to break out the pitchforks and torches.

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