From Huff Po:
Twinkies are not vegan. Twinkies are not vegetarian. Twinkies are made with beef fat.
Beef fat, or tallow, is an almost-tasteless type of shortening commonly used in packaged foods as a preserver -- McDonald's used to cook its fries in a beef tallow mixture, before they switched over to vegetable oil in the 90s.
But why Hostess' Twinkies? They seem so innocent. We love them for their inimitable artificial taste, their inexplicable spongey texture and their long shelf life (a myth, but we snack post-expiration anyway).
No, Twinkies never made a promise to be healthy. With more than 30 ingredients (many unpronounceable), 33 grams of sugar and 9 grams of fat per serving, it'd be doltish to expect they'd provide any real nutritional benefit. But it does come as a surprise to any unsuspecting snacker that the little tubular treat would contain any animal derivative at all. A representative from Hostess confirmed with The Huffington Post that Twinkies are not a vegetarian food.
For anyone who has beef with the beef, it'd be wise to do a close-read on product ingredient lists: Many seemingly-vegetarian foods, like refried beans, potato chips and even orange juice contain animal products beyond milk and eggs
From Reddit: Holloween decorations at a supermarket I go to.
From Reddit: My sister in law found this dead in a bunch of bananas she bought at Safeway.
And it happened on National Coming Out Day.
Twenty-two year old Annabelle Paige had just given her girlfriend a "light kiss" at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Brighton, England when the security approached the couple and asked them to stop kissing. Paige recounted the incident to The Times of London.
"(The security guard) told us she was sorry to have said that but a customer had complained saying what we were doing was ‘disgusting’ and had claimed they were worried for the safety of their child so the security guard felt she had to come and say something to us. That word, disgusting, it really resonated and shook me."
"I get that if another customer is uncomfortable that’s a bad thing … but the problem is the other customer was in the wrong and essentially being homophobic. The guard didn’t seem to understand that, I was absolutely humiliated."
Paige also claims that the security guard asked the couple to leave the store, something Sainsbury's denies. The supermarket chain has since issued an apology to the women:
"This should never have happened - it is clear that Miss Paige and her partner were not behaving inappropriately and we are very sorry that they were treated in this way. We have called Miss Paige to apologise and will be making a donation to a charity of her choice."
According to the Daily Mail, Paige also claims that the security guard revealed to her that she herself is also a lesbian:
The security guard later apologised, saying that she herself was gay and had simply been asked to speak to us by another customer who found us “disgusting” and was “worried for her child."
I felt sorry for the guard. However, the fact is that she perpetrated a hate crime on behalf of Sainsbury’s.
Paige has accepted the company's apology as well as their £100 donation to the charity of her choice.