Points-of-View
3:22 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Enough About Twinkies, Do You Know What's In Them?

Yes, we all love Twinkies, but do you know what's actually in them? What is polysorbate 60, for instance? In 2009, StudioTulsa host Rich Fisher spoke with Steve Ettlinger, who made an exhaustive investigation into how the popular sponge cake was made, and how the ingredients themselves are created.  He found that Twinkies were as much a chemically created product as a baked one.

The Hostess Twinkie: Gone for Good, or Here Forever?
The Hostess Twinkie: Gone for Good, or Here Forever?

The book is "Twinkie Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats;" in it, Ettlinger explores how both food preservatives and processed foods are manufactured. So while Twinkies could be endangered by the liquidation of Hostess Foods, the book offers far more information than most of us might want to know about the other processed foods that are in our everyday diet.