It May Be Tasty, but Is It Worth It?

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Led by a deep-fried version of the Twinkie, a fad of deep-fried desserts has swept across the country. This wave of decadence reinforces the need to communicate to clients the importance of resisting such temptations, however attractive or “innovative” they may be.

A classic example of junk food, an unaltered Twinkie is unhealthy enough; St. Petersburg Times staff writer Janet K. Keeler writes that one Twinkie contains 150 calories and 5 grams of fat. According to Keeler, the deep-frying treatment increases its calorie content by approximately 160 percent and its fat content by 560 percent! According to MSN WomenCentral, these are the durations of various basic activities that a 150-pound woman would need to burn the amount of calories in one deep-fried Twinkie:

These activities may seem doable. However, keep in mind that, whereas the daily 60 minutes of physical activity recommended by the government take into account the entire daily schedule and diet of the average American, each of these activities would be needed to burn the calories in just that one treat.

IDEA contributing editor Susan Kundrat, MS, RD, LD—owner of Nutrition on the Move, a sports and wellness nutrition consulting business in Urbana, Illinois—certainly doesn’t think highly of the deep-fried Twinkie. “I’d categorize deep-fried snack cakes as a ‘few times in a lifetime’ thing,” she says.

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Sean White

IDEA Author/Presenter
January 2003

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