It came from the rocks

September 26, 2007 at 9:22 am | | science and the public, wild web

From a CBS affiliate on the anatomy of a Twinkie:

…Dr. Phillips says there are 39 ingredients packed into the dessert, and all but one are processed.

The ingredients cellulose gum, calcium sulfate, and polysorbate 60 are also used in sheet rock, shampoo, laundry detergent, and even rocket fuel. Author Steve Ettlinger spent five years tracking down the source of every ingredient found in a Twinkie.

“I was surprised that so many not only came from petroleum, but at least five came from rocks,” Ettlinger says.

The vitamins, artificial flavors, and colorings all come from petroleum. Phosphates from limestone make Twinkies light and airy.

“Sorbic acid is made from natural gas. That really blew my mind,” Ettlinger says…

Steve is a real winner with this alarmism. CAME FROM ROCKS, oh my God!?!


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  1. There’s an ingredient that i think should be banned from food: it’s also found in lead paint, toxic waste dumps, and decomposing corpses. It can be produced from burning petroleum. And the Nazis used it extensively. This chemical, dihydrogen monoxide (also called hydrogen hydroxide), is not regulated by the FDA as a hazardous material! Get more info here.

    Comment by sam — September 26, 2007 #

  2. So what’s the one unprocessed ingredient?

    Comment by Jordan — September 26, 2007 #

  3. No mention of the titanium oxide? or is there not enough to make the ingredient list?

    Comment by Rachael — September 27, 2007 #

  4. Do Twinkies list a best-before date anywhere on the package? I’d always assumed they had a half-life, rather than a set best-before.

    And I second the question by Jordan.

    Comment by TheBrummell — October 3, 2007 #

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