Monday, October 05, 2009

When Peanuts Aren't Peanuts

I was eating some Southwest Airlines peanuts on Sunday and watching Rachel Maddow on my iPod, and was persuaded by this segment to take a look at the ingredients list. My bag of airline peanuts contained the following: "Peanuts, Honey, Sucrose, Wheat Starch, Maltodextrin, Peanut and/or Canola Oil, Salt, Molasses, Brown Sugar."

What I want to know is, is there a reason a bag of peanuts can't just be, you know, a bag of peanuts? Maybe rinsed with water and covered with just a touch of salt, okay, but in the end, just peanuts? I mean, maltodextrin? Really? What the hell?

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