Pop-Tarts vs. Pop-Farts


Disclaimer: I do not presuppose any harm of munching Pop-Tarts in your oh-so-happy snack time. If this article makes you feel uncomfortable, go blame on your mama who first bought you that.


      Before I came to America, I had absolutely no clues about what Pop-Tarts really were. Were you told me them exist, I would have thought that they were delectable French cuisine since the Americas love it, in spite of its dear price. Not until the second week my couch fellow Andy mentioned it, I got my first impression of that product, and it sounds a good idea to me. Legit gingerbread face, then no need for a wheat bread. Sweet fruit puree heart, then a great substitution of real fruits. Tasty flakes on the face of the gingerbread add real bonuses to this enough good magical bread.

       Last weekend, I went to Weis for some apartment essentials. Fresh-new year, literally no foods had been stocked at the pantry, let alone the fact that no furniture were there. As I sashayed down the foods aisle, a wacky idea flitted across my mind, so I paid my first visit to this old friend of the new school year. They've got some new flavors again. I murmured to myself, God knows one day Pop-Tarts family will defeat our school creamery to have the most flavors in this snack industry. "Wild! Fruit Fusion", is the one I was holding. It appears to me as a piece daring collision of postmodern graffiti art. Wait a second. Gingerbread evolves? To me it's truly a visual feast. The bread has been toasted to a golden delight, with the cover so enticing that you could not resist kissing them with a bite. The image also comes with an open view of the filler. Pretty cool still. As it was demonstrated, the frosted fruit consists of cherry, strawberry and lemon, which boosted my favor to another level. I got them back home, along with a pack of "Wild! Grape". 

      This course does help me realizing a long-forgotten fact. Barring the good taste and lovely looking, are Pop-Tarts really healthy to us? What assort of nutrition it covers in each piece? Ultimately, does this local American brand really deserve the cherished value of the Americans who apparently punctuate more on the quality of foods? You miss Pop-tarts when your snack box goes empty, but reversely, does Pop-tarts "miss" you in some ways?

       Then I drew out a piece of nutrition facts on my "Wild! Fruit Fusion" and the picture is shown as below.

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               After a few calculations, the results struck me. The calories of a single piece are 200, and the calories from fat amount to 45. The flashback brings me to many scenarios that students dashed to the vendor machine and pulled out two packs, sometimes even more, of the Pop-Tarts.  As evident as it appears, those students most probably skipped the meal for their own reasons, and chose to enjoy these wonderful pastries. From my experience, on the condition of empty belly, it will take at least 6 pieces of Pop-Tarts to stuff my stomach. You may raise a doubt that girls are not that voracious at all. That's a great argument. But generally, if a girl eats less, she also has a lower calorie requirement likewise. Thus, the virtual effect of how hard Pop-Tarts make you full is not so different by gender, or namely, the shape of body. So keep going with my 6 pieces story. An easy math tells you that I will absorb at least 1200 calories to satisfy my belly, and at the same time, 270 calories from fat has tossed on me. How grisly the fact is that? According to caloriesperhour.com, a 150-pound person will burn nearly 800 calories by running 7 mph for an hour--a brisk jogging pace. One has to run continuously at the given standard for 1.5 hours to burn all the calories acquired by taking 6 pieces of Pop-Tarts! Read more at:


      "I take Pop-Tarts seriously. Those are my real meal." I heard a grouse from somewhere around the corner. Challenge accepted. As you shoot at the nutritional angle, I will then shift my eyes to the nutrition Pop-Tarts have. On the package of my Pop-Tarts, it boasts that those tarts are good source of 7 types of vitamins and minerals and 5 types of B vitamins. After analyzing the data carefully, I realize that these claims are no better than sugarcoated bait to customers. Based on the facts, it accredits you 10% of Vitamin A and 10% Vitamin B6 apiece. Bravo? No. It does impress me from the start. However, when I look at two of the most crucial substances for survival---Vitamin C and Calcium, it gives me nought. Kellogg's, the manufacturer of Pop-Tarts, may have noticed this ungainly slip, so the company played a trick. For the following part of the list, it gives you 10% of many obscure substances, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid. Though I am wise enough to know what the last two items are, but who will ever rely on Pop-Tarts to replenish folic acid instead of green veggies?  It is almost as ridiculous as you order a deluxe Phillip Beef Sirloin to complement minerals rather than the protein wherein.

        As a closing word, I want to yank myself out of the swamp. I am a big fan of Pop-Tarts. It looks like a 100% hand-woven artifact at your palm, and it tastes like honey-sweet bonbon in your mouth. Especially for teens, college kids included, Pop-Tarts offers a fascinating option for our snack boxes. For the further consideration, I honestly don't want to see those gingerbreads evolve as supplants of daily meals, in other words, life-savers.

       One day, John Doe entered the classroom and farted. He blushed, unable to conceal his embarrassment," Six Pop-Tarts are not that much, huh?" After that, many students looked into their own colorful boxes---even more embarrassing---to see how many were left there.


I knew pop tarts were bad for you but did not realize how many calories all of that is. I never knew how to read a food label so the fact you did that math really stood out to me. Here is an app i saw on apples website and it tells you how many calories you take in for each specific food you eat...http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8

Same as Ariel, I never noticed that Pop Tarts were 200 calories. And TWO come in a pack. That's one "snack" worth 400 calories.
I'll be limiting my pop tart intake from now on!

It really is very alarming that a food so often eaten by children or the starving college student is that bad for you. Its no wonder that obesity has become such a common problem among children and young adults in the last decade.

When reading your blog, I noticed that the Pop Tart serving size is 1 pastry, but there are two per pouch and you cannot just get 1 pastry, even at a vending machine. This raising an important point of reading serving sizes correctly. Most people will not eat only 1 pastry. I would not say that people will eat 6 at every sitting, but 2 is more reasonable. Big companies playing with the serving size is not helping the obesity issue our country faces.

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