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What does a twinkie have in common with your car?

Well, twinkies are made of petroleum (among 38 other ingredients), and gasoline is also a type of petroleum product! This gives “food as fuel” a new meaning.

Dr. Charles, a young family physician, reviews the ingredients of twinkies in his recent blog post amusingly called “Reduce Twinkie Consumption and Dependence on Foreign Oil.”

This reminded me of the shock I felt when watching a documentary about America’s oldest citizens recently. I clearly remember them interviewing a man who was about 105 years old, who lived alone and used a golf cart to get around outdoors. The interviewer couldn’t resist asking the man why he thought he had lived so long in such good health.

The man said, “Well, I eat pretty good, get enough sleep, and I don’t worry about much.”

The interviewer then asked a probing question, “What do you eat?”

And I leaned in towards the TV screen, curious as could be.

And the elderly gentleman said, “Well, I eat a bowl of cornflakes for breakfast and then I usually eat a twinkie later on…”

Either the segment didn’t plan enough seconds for further investigation, or that was the sum total of his nutritional advice.

I was dumbfounded. For some people, it seems, good genes and good luck take them a long way.

But I’m still not going to eat petroleum products.

This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.


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3 Responses to “What does a twinkie have in common with your car?”

  1. SOSme says:

    Another great reason to push for sustainable power sources like hydrogen! Petroleum down the pike is literally too much to stomach!

  2. Anonymous says:

    that is totally gross, i will never look at a twinkie again with the thought of ingesting it !!!!! and 38 ingredients, scared to ask what are the other ingredients:)

  3. Anonymous says:

    This Twinkie analysis reminds me of the early “mudrackers” series. I’ve always stated …if you need what your food was composed of you’d be fasting everyday.

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