Unless you’ve been living under a rock, (as it seems I have) you are aware that Twinkies have returned. New and improved? Well, that’s what they claim.
Yes, they have 15 fewer calories and seem to have lost a tenth of an ounce, but nothing else seems to have changed. Eat one and let me know.
Whenever I thought of Twinkies, though I’ve never actually had one, I thought of a processed ‘cake’ with a chemical aftertaste. And a filling that’s similar to marshmallow fluff. So you can see why it’s never appealed to me to try one. And I can’t say I was disappointed when Hostess stopped producing them. But alas. I was pretty excited when I learned that they’ve started to make them again. My first thought: “This is going to make for a really good blog post.” I mean,…they’re Twinkies, people!
So I did a little bit of research before I actually started writing this. And much to my dismay, (I know. I’m despicable) I didn’t find a whole lot of gross things thrown into a Twinkie. Yes, there are plenty of chemical-like substances, but not as many as I had suspected, and not enough to rave a whole lot about. So here are the things that I’ve found out. Read on.
The first ingredient in a Twinkie (better take a seat, people.) is…wheat flour. (What?) Yes. You read correctly. Good ol’ wheat flour. So that’s not bad. Not bad at all. And then there’s 36 more ingredients. The second ingredient is actually folic acid. Which I found…weird. Who bakes a cake and puts folic acid in, second to flour? Continuing on, sugar is actually the 7th ingredient. (I’m saying that’s a good thing) If you don’t believe me, take a look!
But after this, things get a little dicey. At an overall look at the ingredients, five of them actually come from rocks, which come from gypsum mines and oil fields. Another ingredient is sorbic acid, which is a preservative actually derived from natural gas. The other ingredients, such as cellulose gum, Polysorbate 60, and calcium sulfate are also used in sheet rock, shampoo, and rocket fuel, all according to Divine Caroline.
Yes, there is high fructose corn syrup. But if you look a little closer, you’ll find there’s no cream listed in the ingredients. No milk, either. So what do they make the cream out of, you ask? Well,…animal and vegetable shortening mainly. Animal shortening is…animal fat. Pig mostly. So even though these puppies have no cream or milk, they aren’t quite vegan.
The last two ingredients are colorings. FD&C Yellow #5, and Red 40 to be exact. FD&C Yellow #5 is the common yellow food coloring, and is more formally known as Tartrazine. Which according to wikipedia is a synthetic organic chemical. Last but not least, Red 40. I’ve been looking forward to writing a blog post about this soon, so I won’t spill the beans by typing too much. There are two main red food colorings. The one I haven’t mentioned is made up of crushed bug carcasses. (There’s no way of sugar coating that) And Red 40 is a derived from coal. I can’t really sugar coat that either.
So there you go. If this hasn’t made you not want to eat Twinkies, then I don’t know what will. Eat with caution.
Until next post,