Thursday, December 3, 2009

Daddy? Where does polysorbate 60 come from?

I just finished this book and I have to tell you I am a little bit freaked out. But not necessarily by the things I thought I would be freaked out by. Well,,, I mean I already knew that the processes used for Bleached Flour were not good and that Natural and Artificial Flavors are really neither. But Steve Ettlinger was able to scare the bejeezes out of me regarding so many other things about food and its current processes. Via his quest to identify the sources for the Twinkie's long list of ingredients. How would I have known that the waste incurred to make Vitamins in the pill form is so environmentally unfriendly no one does it outside of China anymore. Or that much of what we eat starts out either as corn or a petrochemical. Well, I think we all knew about corn. All that said, I am still going to make good on my personal reward for completing this book by actually having one of the 500 million Twinkies sold this year. Now that I'm fully aware of all that's in it, I might even enjoy it.

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