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Gary Varvel

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  1. Zin Rosenblum

    Zin Rosenblum said, about 3 years ago

    I’m not sure if this is still true but the chemicals that make up the artificial butter flavor in Twinkies were derived from petroleum.

  2. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Is it true they are making them smaller.

  3. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, about 3 years ago

    Twinkies? Woof!

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    Good news: welcome back, never-spoil pack of empty calories and sugary goodness. We need to rejoice that another method of destroying our health is again available. Too bad Congress is trying to ensure that there will be no health care available to take care of your diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight-related arthritis.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    Can I get a shout-out for Pall Mall unfiltered? Easily just as good for you. Can’t someone bring it back? (I assume it’s long gone, but I could be wrong….)

  6. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 3 years ago

    They were handing out free Twinkie samples today. Gonna’ do a shelf-life test.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    Good comments. Life is always a little more complicated than one might think.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Ah come on it just a twinkie. Don’t want to eat them don’t buy them. Tell me the truth who here never eat a twinkie when they were a kid.

  9. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    @Zin Rosenblum

    “I’m not sure if this is still true but the chemicals that make up the artificial butter flavor in Twinkies were derived from petroleum.”

    It’s true. Most of the additives added to our food are derived from petroleum products. Further – many are illegal in Europe and other places we export food to, but the food refiners leave those ingredients out of food they export.

    Time to start demanding the same food quality here they are willing to sell offshore.

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “Now if you really want to go natural, botulism, salmonella, gangrene, etc., are also natural, so help yourself.”

    Not only does your body care about these toxic additives, which it is not biologically engineered to cope with, but the risks you cite are a direct result of our industrial agriculture and food refining practises.

    Poison yourself at will, if that is what you wish to do. Just don’t pretend that synthetic food is in any way comparable to natural food.

    The food industry wants you to believe all that, of course. They are finally beginning to lose some ground on their stated right to poison us.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    @jack75287

    “Ah come on it just a twinkie. Don’t want to eat them don’t buy them. Tell me the truth who here never eat a twinkie when they were a kid.”

    I have never eaten a Twinkie. One DingDong cured me of any of those ‘snack cake’ things.

    Further, my mother wouldn’t buy anything of that nature, so you might say that I lacked opportunity as a child. Our treats were overwhelmingly home-made, and extremely limited. Sugar was not a staple food in our household (nor is it in mine now), it was a seasoning. Fat was natural. Leaf lard makes the absolute best pastry, but butter is critical to most sweet baked goods.

    I have always thought that there was something wrong with the premise that only ‘natural’ food was bad for you, and heavily refined and processed non-food was ‘healthy’.

    The issue isn’t Twinkies – no, I have never bought nor eaten them, and frankly, I don’t see an issue. If you like them, I suppose their return is good news, but it seems to me to be a gross exaggeration to call them ‘food’. I’m quite sure that one wouldn’t kill you – but a steady diet of them will do you no more good than a heavy smoking or drinking habit.

    But, see – I’m old. I remember a time when all food was natural, and relatively clear of toxic chemicals. It’s quite likely that Twinkies hadn’t been invented when I was a child, though certainly they were around when I was an adult. Being raised on food, they had no appeal for me.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, about 3 years ago

    “The FDA has been weakened by underfunding and putting corporate honchos in charge of it till it is barely useful.”

    I do admire your tact. It’s not only the FDA, it’s also the USDA.

    Both agencies are positively riddled with special interests, both industrial and AR.

    What that gets us is as prevalence of industrially contaminated foods, and animal protein priced out of reach of many.

    We really do need to put an end to lobbying, and also to NPOs. Whatever the intention might have been when these were set up, they have become toxic and destructive.

    Isn’t it the road to Hell that’s paved with good intentions ..?

  13. Lamberger

    Lamberger said, about 3 years ago

    There is nothing so natural and organic as crude oil…. Would you like some on your waffles?

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    “Play one”: I smoked Pall Mall straights for over 20 years, the ads said it was the length that acted as a “filter”, yep, right. It was those free ciggies in the C rations that got me hooked, now the VA and military are all against smoking.


    Which, I quit 16 years ago when my mother in law was told she had only three months to live, we were having coffee and a cigarette together when the call came. I then gained over 20 pounds!


    Over the years, gained more weight despite a fairly decent diet, then five months ago started losing, and have lost 35 pounds. Blood glucose down in normal range, feeling much better, more physically active, and even doing better most days on neurological/physical disabling conditions.


    The ’toon does depict accuracy to a great extent. At least though obese, the guy is at least walking somewhere, instead of driving right to the door of the market and parking in a van accessible spot to avoid walking!

  15. midwest1953

    midwest1953 said, about 3 years ago

    What it comes down to.. is if you don’t like em, don’t eat em..
    And get off your high horse, cause everybody has something they indulge in that isn’t “healthy”..

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