Ice cream. Our god given right to enjoy and delight in, right?
As with everything these days, it’s best to read the ingredients before you indulge, because it might shock you to know that the average supermarket ice cream is a frozen chemical poop storm – and sadly, i’m not exaggerating. If you think you can trust luxury ice creams, sadly some of the most beloved, iconic ice creams are still using loads of additives in the manufacturing process, because one simply must, to create a long lasting, non icey, not-too-hard, flavour punch packed, commercial ice cream – apparently!
Real ice cream with eggs, cream and sugar consumed every now and then is the least of the world’s trouble, when you look at a few things you might find in modern, commercial ice cream. I’ve taken this list directly from Nourishing Traditions, page 551, and the book’s information on this came from the PPNF Health journal. Check out these terrors:
- Diethylglycol – A cheap chemical used as an emulsifier instead of eggs and is the same stuff used in anti freeze and paint remover – yum! NOT.
- Piperonal – A vanilla substitute which is also a chemical used to treat lice
- Aldehyde C-17 – Used to flavour cherry ice cream. It’s an inflammable liquid and used in dyes and plastics.
- Benzyl Acetate – Used for its strawberry flavour. It’s a nitrate solvent.
- Amylacetate – Used for banana flavour. Also used as a paint solvent.
thanks for the post Alexx! is gelato better to give to the small people?
Hi Kath. You’re super welcome. Gelato is often a little lower in fat and by consequence often higher in sugar. It does, however, come down to the brand and the ingredients they use. If you buy gelato in a public place, how about trying to ask: artificial colours? flavours? additives? If they’re sheepish, I’d say that means yes to some of the above. Be an ingredient hound and read the back and you’ll find something fab, no doubt. Don’t ever let milk fat put you off though. As long as there’s no allergy, it’s often the best thing for the little ones in the whole tub! 🙂
Hi Alexx, One ice cream I adore is Homer Hudson chocolate rock, and someone told me about an ice cream at About Life that is over 90% cocoa. What do think about these? Cheers! I really love what you do. 🙂
Hi Frederick, Nice to hear from you. Haven’t tried that intense cocoa one although have seen it – It’s the Kohu Road Dark Chocolate one. So easy to make your own once you know, and fab for the little ones to see the real stuff be made. Let me know if you try it – If I don’t try it first! 🙂