Twinkies have Beef in Them.

Via elephant journal
on Feb 23, 2010
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There’s an awesomely simple site called Visual Ingredients. Here’s what a yummy-as-heaven-when-you’re-a-kid Twinkie looks like:

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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))
    Corn syrup
    High fructose corn syrup
    Vegetable and/or animal shortening (containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed or canola oil, and beef fat)
    Whole eggs
    2% or less of:
    Modified corn starch
    Cellulose gum
    Leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate)
    Corn flour
    Corn syrup solids
    Mono and diglycerides
    Soy lecithin
    Polysorbate 60
    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.


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

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

Or, as he famously put it:

eat food not too much mostly plants


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6 Responses to “Twinkies have Beef in Them.”

  1. Doug says:

    great use of visuals to tell the story

  2. […] eat any foods that won’t rot…if bacteria won’t eat, say, a twinkie, then you shouldn’t either—they trust their instincts, we’ve forgotten how to do […]

  3. Aunty Liz says:

    Once upon a time, my friend AZ Val and I were only about 14 years old and we went to the National Marijuana Day rally in Central Park. We joined an anti-war march to David Rockeller's apartment building because he had something to do with ITT which made Hostess Twinkies and napalm which burned innocent Vietnamese & Combodian villagers. When we got there we did the usual protest-y chant-y thing, but then it got ugly. People started taking glass soda bottles (we had those back then) and Twinkies out of their knapsacks and started throwing them at the building. Some NYC cops came by and one of them saw us, huddled together, sorta freaked out. He helped us get out of there before they started busting heads. That's the end of my Twinkies story. Food for thought…..

  4. JaoNegro says:

    Ad just to "gild the lilly", as it were, you can get that Twinkie battered and deep fried at the state fair! (Wonder if they use lard…)

  5. […] 37 ingredients in total…bleh. […]

  6. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a top notch article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole
    lot and don’t manage to get anything done.