Twinkie, Deconstructed

There are entire companies which do nothing but break eggs open for other companies; the largest such egg-breaking company is based in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

That is from Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats, by Steve Ettlinger.  So far this is my pick for the best food book of the year.

I also learned that a twinkie is about half sugar, sulfuric acid is the most produced chemical in the world, sugar is used to clean out cement mixers, phosphate rock and limestone make Twinkies light and airy, Twinkies’ butter flavor is created out of gas, Twinkies contain only one preservative (sorbic acid), and the original 1930 Twinkies were filled with banana flavor, not vanilla.

The bottom line is that I ordered bought two more of the guy’s books.

Comments

Is it really necessary to subordinate everything to the holy grail of a low-carbon life? I would think that your health matters too. Then I would walk more, drive less by car, and not worry too much about my carbon footprint. These environmentalists are really getting annoying.

That's easily the best sub-headline I've ever seen on a book.

The reassuring parenthetical to stave off howls of incredulous protest? Brilliant!

Avoid all chemical foods.Eat vegetarian.Follow naturopathy.Practice yoga.

According to rumor, a man in Los Angeles spent 14 years on a diet consisting solely of Twinkies, hard-boiled eggs and Scotch whiskey, and was in excellent health.

No. Even I craved a Twinkie.

I don't know about you, but the extra food _I_ eat on a high-exercise day is carbohydrate, often bagels or pasta.

-dk

Is it really the case that there is more sulfuric acid produced than gasoline?

If twinkies are half sugar and you can use sugar to clean cement mixers, can you use twinkies to clean cement mixers?

Yes, but logically it takes twice as many twinkies.

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