Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Would You Like Astroglide With That?
It's amazing how much useless, but interesting, trivia I've acquired by reading old magazines in the bathroom. My most recent find is discovering that the concoction known as Cool Whip, one of my favorite dessert toppings since childhood, is actually just one step up from eating condom lube. Gross, and here all this time I thought it was a version of real whipped cream. I've even eaten it on it's own right out of the box with a big spoon!
According to the article in the April 2007 issue of Wired magazine (yeah, the magazine's been sitting in the bathroom that long!) Cool Whip is nothing but air, water, and sugar, rolled in with wax (yummy!), and a lubricant called Polysorbate 60, better known as a sexual lubricant and a key ingredient in Astroglide.
What else is in there besides this? Here's a list of the main ingredients in Cool Whip, as detailed in the article:
Natural and Artificial Flavorings (more artificial than natural, I'm guessing)
Corn Syrup and High-Fructose Corn Syrup (refined sugars guaranteed to make you fat)
Hydrogenated Coconut and Palm Kernel Oil (trans fats, not good for you)
Polysorbate 60 (hello astroglide)
Sodium Caseinate (a milk protein found in non-dairy creamers, not real cream)
Sorbitan Monostearate (sometimes used as a hemorrhoid cream)
Xanthan and Guar Gums (to keep it fluffy, like it was just whipped fresh when it really wasn't)
Umm, yeah. Aside from the water, not one ingredient on this list is something I'd like to consume on it's own, especially the hemorrhoid cream part. Ewww. I kind of regret having this newfound knowledge of Cool Whip, ignorance was bliss. Now that I know what it can double for, I'm going to have second thoughts before I ever make that "Pudding in a Cloud" recipe again. I think I'll just stick with Reddi Wip from now on. Even though Reddi Wip comes out of an aerosol can, at least it's made out of real cream.
photo credit: Thomas Hannich, Wired Magazine