"The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?"
"We have to confess: When we heard that Twinkies will have nearly double the shelf life, 45 days, when they return to stores next week, our first reaction was -- days? Not years?"
"Urban legend has long deemed Twinkies the cockroaches of the snack food world, a treat that can survive for decades, what humanity would have left to eat come the apocalypse. The true shelf life -- which used to be 26 days -- seems somewhat less impressive by comparison.
While the Twinkie is indeed a highly processed food -- its three dozen or so ingredients include polysorbate 60, sodium stearoyl lactylate and others that could only come from a lab -- it isn't any more so than thousands of other food products out there."
SEE ALSO:Source: NPR, 07/11/2013