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February 23, 2010

Twinkies have Beef in Them.

There’s an awesomely simple site called Visual Ingredients. Here’s what a yummy-as-heaven-when-you’re-a-kid Twinkie looks like:

Here’s the complete ingredient list:

  1. Enriched Wheat Flour (enriched with ferrous sulfate (iron), B vitamins (niacin, thiamine mononitrate [B1], riboflavin [B2] and folic acid))
    Sugar
    Corn syrup
    Water
    High fructose corn syrup
    Vegetable and/or animal shortening (containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed or canola oil, and beef fat)
    Dextrose
    Whole eggs
    2% or less of:
    Modified corn starch
    Cellulose gum
    Whey
    Leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate)
    Salt
    Cornstarch
    Corn flour
    Corn syrup solids
    Mono and diglycerides
    Soy lecithin
    Polysorbate 60
    Dextrin
    Calcium caseinate
    Sodium stearol lactylate
    Wheat gluten
    Calcium sulfate
    Natural and artificial flavors
    Caramel color
    Sorbic acid (to retain freshness)
    Artificial color (yellow 5, red 40)

Source: Wikipedia.

Yummy!

By comparison, here’s what Broccoli looks like, on Visual Ingredients:

So simple. Reminds me of Michael Pollan’s rule for what constitutes food.

Or, as he famously put it:

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