Have a Twinkie with Your Nuggets & Tots

By Stephanie Lynn, age 22, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

What has 39 ingredients ... and, uh, also 14 chemicals? You guessed it. It's a Twinkie! Did you forget about that Twinkie you didn't eat at lunch, and now you've discovered it in the back of your messy locker? No problem. It'll still be just as tasty as it was last month.

So what is in each and every delicious bite anyway? Yellow No. 5 food dye (from Benzene, used in gasoline and plastics), cellulose gum (used to keep them moist and glossy, also appearing in denture cream, ice cream, and diapers), polysorbate 60 (I mean, why use milk and eggs which spoil when you can make a chemical creme filling good till the year 2200?), gypsum (also used in sheetrock - in other words, your bedroom wall). Mmmm.

Alas, ladies, a Twinkie won't really stay fresh till you're in a nursing home. But its 25 day shelf life is about 23 days longer than a sponge cake with cream filling you could make at home. The good news? What goes into Twinkies is nowhere near as bad for you as what goes into chicken nuggets!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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