(The Best Years in Life)
It's almost summertime, and that
means it's time to treat yourself to
some real ice cream. What is real ice
cream? It's ice cream made the way our
ancestors made it or bought it, and it's
made with only real food ingredients
like cream, sugar and eggs.
The sad fact
is that today's conventional supermarkets do not sell real ice cream, unless
they are carrying Haagen-Dazs, the only national brand of ice cream that is made
with real ingredients. Even healthy image stores such as Whole Foods Markets and
Trader Joe's sell no real ice cream. If you think this is some kind of joke,
read the labels of the 'ice cream' the next time you shop.
between you and real ice cream is a host of chemicals, flavorings,
preservatives, and gums. A comparison with Haagen-Dazs says it all. Here are the
ingredients in Haagen-Dazs' vanilla ice cream:
Haagen-Dazs uses real cream, there is 17g of real fat in a half-cup serving. But
don't think this fat will make you fat. Fat from cream is medium chain fat, the
kind that is burned as energy rather than being stored as fat in the body. And
17 grams of the butterfat found in cream is enough to fulfill anyone's need for
cancer-stopping conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
These are the
ingredients in the vanilla ice cream our ancestors ate, and one quick look at a
few history books shows they were not overweight. These are also the ingredients
most people use today when they make their own ice cream at home.
Too bad the
makers of other brands do not have our welfare in mind. Here is the ingredient
list for Edy's Grand vanilla ice cream:
Carob bean gum
your grandad's ice cream! Total fat in half a cup is a measly 7g, because cause
most of the fat that should be there has been removed so it could be sold for
other products. In its place are all those gums, which include carageenan (the
most damaging to health of all of them).
kinds of gum come from bushes, trees, seaweed or bacteria. The important thing
about gums is that in the course of human evolution they have never been
consumed by people until now, and the human body has never learned how to
process them. Remember olestra, a fake fat that was supposed to go right through
you without being absorbed when you ate things like potato chips and other high
fat foods? That turned out to be a disaster because it gave everyone diarrhea
and other intestinal complaints.
Gums are a lot
like olestra. They have a tremendous laxative affect, so eating them leads to
flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, and other things to gross to mention here. It
can make you feel as though your intestinal tract is packed with cement. All the
gums are ingredients to be avoided whenever possible.
advertised as being a 'safe' alternative to artificial colors, but no studies
have been done to show that it's safe, so we're just supposed to take their word
for it. This is kind of like Monsanto telling us their products are safe because
they say so. There have been many case reports of severe allergic reactions and
irritable bowel symptoms in those using annato. It has also been linked to
exacerbation of autism symptoms.
ice cream is better, right? In some ways this is true because organic ice cream
does not use milk and cream from factory-farmed cows. Here are the ingredients
in Alden's organic vanilla ice cream, a national brand sold in many upscale
healthy image stores:
organic milk and cream
Organic cane sugar
Organic vanilla extract
Non-GNO soy lecithin
Locust bean gum
As you can
see, there is no escaping gums by going organic, and this too is not real ice
There may be
some startup somewhere that is making real ice cream, but as far as national
brands go, there are only two choices if you want to eat real ice cream. You can
buy Haagen-Dazs, or you can make your own. Even if you are into making ice cream
at home with all organic ingredients, it's probably still a good idea to support
the Haagen-Dazs brand. Although Haagen-Daze is a subsidiary of Nestle, a
corporate villain buying up the aquifers of the world so it can sell everyone
bottled water, there may be a day when it's too hot to make your own ice cream.
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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