Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover how the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods are Grown, Mined (yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into what America Eats

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Penguin, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 282 pages
Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he often reads the ingredients label-without a clue as to what most of it means. So when his young daughter asked, ʺDaddy, whatʼs polysorbate 60?ʺ he was at a loss-and determined to find out. From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to the vanilla harvest in Madagascar, Twinkie, Deconstructed is a fascinating, thoroughly researched romp of a narrative that demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients-where they come from, how they are made, how they are used-and why. Beginning at the source (hint: theyʼre often more closely linked to rock and petroleum than any of the four food groups), we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name-all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake. An insightful exploration into the food industry, if youʼve ever wondered what youʼre eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter, a food-grade equivalent) this book is for you. Book jacket.
 

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Ettlinger takes us through each of the ingredients that make up a Twinkie, most of which are found in other packaged food as well. It is stupefyingly boring and utterly bloodless. (Only Ettlinger ... Read full review

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User Review  - mstrust - LibraryThing

When his child asks him to decipher an ingredients list, Ettlinger realizes that he has no idea what those ingredients are and what they are doing in our food. It begins a journey around the country ... Read full review

Contents

Water
83
Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable andor Animal Shortening Soy Lecithin and Soy Protein Isolate
87
Eggs
105
Cellulose Gum
115
Whey
125
Leavenings
133
Baking Soda
141
Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate and Monocalcium Phosphate
153
Natural and Artificial Flavors
199
Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
215
Sodium and Calcium Caseinate
225
Calcium Sulfate
231
SorbicAcid
239
FDC Yellow No 5 Red No 40
247
Consider the Twinkie
257
Human Resources
265

Salt
169
Mono and Diglycerides
179
Polysorbate 60
187
Index
269
About the Author
283
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