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Will You Be Eating Real Ice Cream this Summer?

by Barbara Minton
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(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.

What stands 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:

  • Cream

  • Skim milk

  • Sugar

  • Egg yolks

  • Vanilla extract

Because 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:

  • Skim milk

  • Cream

  • Sugar

  • Corn syrup

  • Whey

  • Molasses

  • Acacia gum

  • Guar gum

  • Carob bean gum

  • Carrageenan

  • Xanthum gum

  • Natural Flavors

  • Annatto color

Definitely not 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).


The different 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.

Annato is 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.

Surely organic 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:

  • Pasteurized organic milk and cream

  • Organic cane sugar

  • Tapioca syrup

  • Organic vanilla extract

  • Non-GNO soy lecithin

  • Guar gum

  • Xanthan gum

  • Locust bean gum

  • Vanilla

As you can see, there is no escaping gums by going organic, and this too is not real ice cream.

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.

See also:

Best Ever All Vegan 'Ice-Cream'

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

The Many Health Benefits of Goat’s Milk

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About the Author:

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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