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BBQ Fritos or Poptarts: Eat this, not that?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM

The other day, I was sitting around the corner from a cafe area in a hospital, waiting for my grandmother. I heard two children walk up, and their mother(I presume) trailing behind them. She asked what her first child what she would like to eat, to which she replied "The... Frito twist things!" She was referring to the 2 portion bag of Honey BBQ frito twist chips. Her mother: "Well, how about some blueberry poptarts? Those would be healthier...". They ended up going with the chips and an apple juice.

Anyways, the point is... As I was sitting there, I wondered, "What is she talking about?". I had no idea why two pack of blueberry poptarts would seem healthier to her. Not that I really know, I've not checked out the ingredient list in a while.

So, paleo-hackers, can someone tell me, in terms of paleo-ness and whole-ness and whatever other -ness there is, WHICH IS HEALTHIER? blueberry poptarts or flavor twist chips?

I also, as a sidenote, wonder why the cafe of a hospital has such disgustingly processed foods, heavily sweetened coffee, and absolutely no fresh produce or meat snacks... At all. Job security for the doctors, maybe?

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on June 23, 2012
at 01:51 PM

"the illusion of the blueberry"--chuckling over that one.

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Anyone willing to do an n=1 on this one?

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Apple juice, not applesauce :p But yeah, I think she was trying.

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I'd rather die of frito pie.

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Or bats to a cave.

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Well the duct tape would keep them from accidentally flying into your mouth like moths to a sweater.

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Did she look happy?

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:18 PM

I love the smell of cigarettes from the butt shack across the lot from the ER.

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:45 PM

gotta eat pop tarts raw, keeps all the good digestive enzymes intact

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:45 PM

gotta eat pop tarts raw it, keeps all the good enzymes intact

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:43 PM

yes! smores were where it was at! and ice cream sundae

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:42 PM

s'mores and ice cream sundae were my favorites

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Did you toast them or eat them right out of the silver wrapping? I used to toast one and eat the second one while the first one was toasting.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 22, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Funny, I hated the ones with the frosting. And this coming from a kid with a nonstop flow of frosting in her life. My fave was blueberry with no frosting. Mmm...

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on June 22, 2012
at 04:51 PM

+1 for Doritos vs. Pop-Tarts. After the recent announcement from Taco Bell, I actually found myself thinking, "Why didn't they have a Doritos taco shell when I used to eat there?!"

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

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on June 22, 2012
at 04:31 PM

How about the chicken fingers and fries cooked in plastic oils and washed down with sprite or root beer cause it doesn't have caffeine

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Yeah, the fritos have fewer calories and are smaller/less weight so you're eating less crap by absolute volume. The poptarts are dense masses of high calorie crapaliciousness and there's more in the package.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:30 PM

I had poptarts every Saturday morning as a kid. It was my favorite thing in the whole world. Nabisco, not Kelloggs.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:36 PM

The food choice thing is funny. My kids aren't gluten-free, so occasionally they get pancakes as a treat. My rule is "no pancakes unless you eat some bacon." Went camping with a friend and overheard him say to his sons "You can't have any bacon until you eat at least two pancakes..."

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:35 PM

My mom's friend, who's been questioning me about paleo, said "But we had a workshop at work with a nurse who said we'd be deficient in vitamin B if we didn't eat whole grains." Um, yeah.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:19 PM

s'mores pop tarts were the ONLY ones I liked -- and boy were they good. props to my mama for never buying the things, though.

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on June 22, 2012
at 11:20 AM

Ahhh, I love the smell of self-righteous paleo indignation in the morning.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:42 AM

She thinks they are healthier because she believes that they have blueberries in them. Sad.

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:19 AM

i can respect that but i was pop tart guy. the crunchy frosting on the pop tarts put them in a league of their own lol

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:06 AM

I always preferred toaster strudels to poptarts.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 22, 2012
at 01:43 AM

+1 for missin the shit out of blueberry poptarts -- so doughy! So squishy! So shellacked with crunchy frosting!

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:24 AM

This is actually really terrifying, it may sound harsh but I see this as a form of child abuse. She has no understanding of the dietary requirements for her son. If she was buying it as a 'treat' due to him being 'brave in the hospital' I could of kind of understood, but the fact that she said it was healthier

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Hahahahahaha!!! Never had pop tarts but they look bright and colourful....do live trail mix though....but yeah it seriousy is due to lack of education...

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Ive often wondered the same about the cafeterias...and pharmacies often sell crap food too...makes you wonder

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Rock-->||deciding between those two "foods"||<--Hard place

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:44 AM

Rock ||deciding between those two "foods"|| Hard place

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I agree. I don't count calories, but I distinctly remember the calories in poptarts being quite high. Most of it from HFCS and white sugar of course

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Rock |deciding between those two "foods"| Hard place

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:33 AM

No, she didn't look especially healthy. Heavier-set, tired.

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

on June 22, 2012
at 02:02 AM

I pitched a couple of hundred pounds of organic produce from my farm yesterday afternoon because nobody wanted it and it finally started to turn. I suppose that the crows will eat well. I'm not exactly bullish on the future health of our society. Oh, and I had the gym completely to myself this morning - not a soul there.

To answer your sidenote question: the reason begins with government subsidies of Big Agra which produces corn and wheat, which are the sorts of things that Fritos and Poptarts are manufactured from. This is how these foods can be produced so inexpensively. Fresh produce is comparatively very expensive to produce (especially if it's organic) and the food is perishable - In fact, it's a terrible business to be in. I wish I had 5,000 acres of good farmland and a nine thousand series John Deere tractor. I would actually be making some money as a farmer and cashing some government checks. Follow the money and you???ll find the answer.

Full disclosure - I'm no saint. I loved Poptarts as a kid.

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:45 PM

gotta eat pop tarts raw it, keeps all the good enzymes intact

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:30 PM

I had poptarts every Saturday morning as a kid. It was my favorite thing in the whole world. Nabisco, not Kelloggs.

A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

(2053)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Did you toast them or eat them right out of the silver wrapping? I used to toast one and eat the second one while the first one was toasting.

Medium avatar

(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:45 PM

gotta eat pop tarts raw, keeps all the good digestive enzymes intact

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474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on June 22, 2012
at 12:57 PM

It's sad it took so long for me to figure out, but there is never any point in critiquing people's actions. They will stick to their cherished lies with maddening tenacity. And, confronting or even questioning their the smallest of actions is to call into doubt their worldview and beliefs. We live in a world where the only media we consume is that which supports our pre-existing beliefs. And, the media know it makes money by telling us what we wish to hear. So, confrontration can only lead to poor outcomes.

Each day, I watch a stream of well meaning people make poor and self damaging decisions and it makes me sad. But, it's not my place to tell when what to do.

I was never a fan of Fritos, so I'd choose Pop-Tarts. Now if it was Doritos vs. Pop-Tarts, now we're talking tougher decision...

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 22, 2012
at 04:51 PM

+1 for Doritos vs. Pop-Tarts. After the recent announcement from Taco Bell, I actually found myself thinking, "Why didn't they have a Doritos taco shell when I used to eat there?!"

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E6c676dcd53d2fceffb4533ac47cefd5

on June 22, 2012
at 01:01 AM

while i totally agree on missing the shit out of some blueberry pop tarts, long story longer, people are fucking stupid. ok, they are just uneducated. my mom is a nurse of over 45 years, never been taught a damn thing about nutrition and eats lunch every single day in a similar cafeteria. this woman, who will be 64 next month, things that the fruit, in a fruit and nut sweet and salty trail mix bar is good enough for a serving of fruit. it's a sad, sad world out there. i will give her credit where it is due, it at least looks like dried fruit compared to god knows what is in between those delicious frosted pastry sleeves. i'll have mine, buttered, and microwaved. thank you.

D7ec5ab98a0b971f9e24b4e654abfa7d

on June 22, 2012
at 01:43 AM

+1 for missin the shit out of blueberry poptarts -- so doughy! So squishy! So shellacked with crunchy frosting!

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:35 PM

My mom's friend, who's been questioning me about paleo, said "But we had a workshop at work with a nurse who said we'd be deficient in vitamin B if we didn't eat whole grains." Um, yeah.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Hahahahahaha!!! Never had pop tarts but they look bright and colourful....do live trail mix though....but yeah it seriousy is due to lack of education...

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D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:25 AM

Blueberry poptarts are made out of healthy grains and fruit! Duh.

But really probably made out of newspaper and sugar. Seriously this woman must be nuts. Did she look healthy?

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on June 22, 2012
at 12:33 AM

No, she didn't look especially healthy. Heavier-set, tired.

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on June 22, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Did she look happy?

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:29 AM

oMG the things people give their children! people come into the restaurant where I work all the time and buy orange or grape or coke soda for their 3 and 4 year olds. I keep the duct tape handy so I can put some over my mouth when this happens.

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on June 22, 2012
at 04:31 PM

How about the chicken fingers and fries cooked in plastic oils and washed down with sprite or root beer cause it doesn't have caffeine

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Or bats to a cave.

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Well the duct tape would keep them from accidentally flying into your mouth like moths to a sweater.

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Afdf5873a082cd806c4d15c456f3614f

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Sad- it is the illusion of the blueberry! People hear blueberry and automatically conjure up ideas of healthiness. Also, convenience breakfast items are really marketed towards families with children- The idea sold to you is that you can feed them a healthy wholesome meal that comes from a box. Chips overall are cast as the villain.

Most people are generally aware that chips are bad/make you fat/etc. So, in line with this thinking, the mom decided that blueberry Poptarts are healthier- and you mentioned she got an applesauce along with the chips for her child- at least she is TRYING. Some people just feed their children straight sugar all day long. I once worked for a family (single dad) where his two children had soda and popsicles for breakfast. There was not one remotely real food item in that entire house. It was pretty hard to sit by and watch them consume that stuff, their faces turning blue from the Blue#1 in their popsicles....

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on June 22, 2012
at 10:38 PM

Apple juice, not applesauce :p But yeah, I think she was trying.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on June 23, 2012
at 01:51 PM

"the illusion of the blueberry"--chuckling over that one.

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6d99825c84f631799783827341e57bc6

on June 22, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Thanks. Up until now I hadn't thought of Poptarts in forever!

Sigh.... tasty by food garbage strawberry OR chocolate poptarts...

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on June 22, 2012
at 04:22 AM

I could own Smores Pop Tarts.

To answer the question, I'd have to go with the Fritos. Then I'd probably cry.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on June 22, 2012
at 12:19 PM

s'mores pop tarts were the ONLY ones I liked -- and boy were they good. props to my mama for never buying the things, though.

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:43 PM

yes! smores were where it was at! and ice cream sundae

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I'd rather die of frito pie.

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 12:54 AM

pop tarts are probably the treat i miss most from my pre paleo days...

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:06 AM

I always preferred toaster strudels to poptarts.

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:19 AM

i can respect that but i was pop tart guy. the crunchy frosting on the pop tarts put them in a league of their own lol

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 22, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Funny, I hated the ones with the frosting. And this coming from a kid with a nonstop flow of frosting in her life. My fave was blueberry with no frosting. Mmm...

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(2338)

on June 22, 2012
at 08:42 PM

s'mores and ice cream sundae were my favorites

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(10611)

on June 22, 2012
at 09:19 PM

I suppose it's probably the blueberries that make them healthier. Antioxidants.

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Dfe1dfb34939145fe21b3d8fa6832365

on June 22, 2012
at 12:27 AM

The fritos, I would say. The poptart ingredient list is insane.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:44 AM

I agree. I don't count calories, but I distinctly remember the calories in poptarts being quite high. Most of it from HFCS and white sugar of course

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Yeah, the fritos have fewer calories and are smaller/less weight so you're eating less crap by absolute volume. The poptarts are dense masses of high calorie crapaliciousness and there's more in the package.

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