Why Roaches and Twinkies Have Ingredients That Will Out Live Us All

1x1.trans Why Roaches and Twinkies Have Ingredients That Will Out Live Us AllAccording to the Hostess website, Twinkies have a shelf life of 26 days, and contain, among other ingredients, Polysorbate 60, Red 40, mono and diglycerides and calcium sulfate — “a food-grade equivalent of plaster of Paris.”

Author Steve Ettlinger spent months interviewing chemical engineers, questioning industrial bakers and even traveling 1,600 feet below the surface of the Earth to see where Twinkie ingredients are mined.

Ettlinger claims many of the Twinkie’s ingredients are “more closely linked to rocks and petroleum than any of the four food groups.” Ettlinger’s jouney is documented in his book “Twinkie, Deconstructed”.

Ettlinger said he was astounded by what he learned — particularly that Twinkies’ ingredients are “manufactured with fourteen of the top twenty chemicals made in the U.S.”

“The unlikely food sub-ingredients sulfuric acid, ethylene, lime, and phosphoric acid top the list,” Ettlinger wrote in his book.

“That industrial aspect of our food — and Twinkies are but one among tens of thousands of processed foods — would be less troubling if it were easier to still see where it all comes from.”

1x1.trans Why Roaches and Twinkies Have Ingredients That Will Out Live Us AllIngredient No. 1
Wheat flour

Ingredient No. 2
Folic acid

Ingredient No. 3
Niacin

Ingredient No. 4
Thiamine Mononitrate

Ingredient No. 5
Riboflavin

Ingredient No. 6
Iron. (The ingredient in Twinkies is ferrous sulfate, an iron compound.)

Ingredient No. 7
Sugar

Ingredient No. 8
Water

Ingredient No. 9
Corn syrup

Ingredient No. 10
High fructose corn syrup

Ingredient No. 11
Vegetable shortening

Ingredient No. 12
Animal shortening

Ingredient No. 13
Whole eggs

Ingredient No. 14
Dextrose

Ingredient No. 15
Modified corn starch

Ingredient No. 16
Corn flour

Ingredient No. 17
Glucose

Ingredient No. 18
Baking soda

Ingredient No. 19
Monocalcium phosphate

Ingredient No. 20
Sodium acid pyrophosphate

Ingredient No. 21
Sweet dairy whey

Ingredient No. 22
Soy protein isolate

Ingredient No. 23
Calcium caseinate

Ingredient No. 24
Sodium caseinate

Ingredient No. 25
Soy flour

Ingredient No. 26
Salt

Ingredient No. 27
Monoglyceride

Ingredient No. 28
Diglyceride

Ingredient No. 29
Polysorbate 60

Ingredient No. 30
Corn dextrin

Ingredient No. 31
Soy lecithin

Ingredient No. 32
Cornstarch

Ingredient No. 33
Cellulose gum

Ingredient No. 34
Sodium stearoyl lactylate

Ingredient No. 35
Sorbic acid

Ingredient No. 36
FD&C Yellow #5

Ingredient No. 37
Red 40

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