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What's really inside a Twinkie? 

The list of ingredients is seriously long (and confusing!)

© 2005 Larry D Moore 

What's does a twinkie really contain?

If you're like us, you know that a sweet, soft and tasty Twinkie isn't exactly a health food (that's not why you're eating it, right?). But you may be shocked to learn how strange and varied the ingredients of this popular snack really are. 

a long list of ingredients... 

You might think that a Twinkie, a simple sponge cake with a creamy filling would be simple to make. You'd be wrong. It takes no less than 37 ingredients to make the snack, including decidedly un-tasty ingredients such as the mysterious Polysorbate 60, Red 40, and calcium sulfate.

And if the list of ingredinent's aren't off-putting enough, just take a glance at the Nutrition Facts to the left: a 77g serving of Twinkie contains no less than 9g fat! That's 14% of an adults recommended daily intake!

is that really cream?

The biggest shock for us was learning that the "creamy filling" of a Twinkie is probably not cream at all! According to food writer Steve Ettlinger, author of the book “Twinkie, Deconstructed,” the filling is actually very mysterious: "I think the key ingredient is polysorbate 60, and possibly cellulose gum. ...On the label they call it a “creamy filling.” They don’t actually say what it is."

Strange stuff...

What about you, will you keep eating Twinkies after this? Let us know in the comments!

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