I was going through yesterday’s New York Times and I came across an article about the fall off in attendance at state fairs throughout the country. I was astonished to come across a picture of a 9-year old girl eating a deep-fried Twinkie. This has got to take junk food to the ultimate extreme. I mean, a Twinkie is bad enough, but a Twinkie deep fried? In order for it to last the duration of the fair, I’m sure the oil in the fryolater contains a pretty good percentage of trans fats, which, combined with the sugar (HFCS) and trans fats already in the Twinkie, make the combination a powerful means to drive said trans fats into all the tissues. Is it any wonder that we’re all fat? What is the next vile thing someone is going to come up with to sabotage health? Maybe the ultimate would be sugar mixed with high-fructose corn syrup, rolled into balls, then deep fried. It could make someone a fortune. God help us all.
Mackenzie Intlekofer, 9, eats a deep-fried Twinkie
Photo by Mark Kegans for The New York Times