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Please Explain: What's in a Twinkie?

Friday, March 23, 2007

In Twinkie, Deconstructed, Steve Ettlinger uses the Twinkies ingredient list as a road map for exploring processed food in America. On today's Please Explain, we ask him what common ingredients like Polysorbate 60, Calcium Sulfate, and Phosphates actually are--from how they're made to why they're used in food. Call 212-433-9692.

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Comments [2]

carrie from West Village

I am certain that a Twinkie is terrible for us but saying, "Ploysorbate 60 is used to replace ingredients that spoil easily, like dairy and eggs, but it’s also used in shampoo" is misleading. Shampoo also includes water!

Jan. 17 2012 07:50 AM
Diana Manister from Staten Island, NY

I have heard that Twinkies contain an edible form of Plaster of Paris. True or not?

Mar. 23 2007 01:41 PM

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