Buying Ice Cream and Soft Serve
Safe or Toxic - You Decide
A sweet flavored frozen food containing cream or butterfat and usually eggs.
Or is it? Unfortunately, it appears the vast majority of ice cream available in your local ice cream parlor, supermarket, ice cream truck, and restaurants are made with a starter-mix of chemicals. Yes, even your local sweet shop is probably making their ice cream using a chemical ice cream starter-mix.
On a hot summer day is there anything that tastes as good as ice cream? Traditionally, ice cream has been a delicious summer treat made from ingredients such as cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks, and flavoring such as vanilla or cocoa.
Today, many ice creams are a concoction of chemicals churned and formed to resemble ice cream from days gone by.
Ice Cream made Fresh in Store
Does your ice cream shop say: "Our ice cream is homemade in the store", leading us to believe the ice cream is fresh, natural and without chemicals?
The truth is that perhaps it's made daily in the store, but it is probably not ice cream our grandmothers would recognize. With few exceptions, today's ice cream is made with "emulsifiers that replace the surface proteins and aids in forming the network. Egg yolks were originally used as this destabilizing emulsifier, but now, ice-cream manufacturers use toxic substances such as mono- and diglycerides as well as the sorbitan ester Polysorbate 80." by preventdisease.com
Is your Ice Cream cheap? - Ask why
Often, the cheaper your ice cream, the less the ice cream contains ingredients such as cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks. Before buying any ice cream for your child or yourself, be sure you're eating real ice cream.
Evidence shows that our local ice cream store and food conglomerates alike are doing everything they can to reduce their cost of production and increase profits.
Always Check Ingredients
Before eating ice cream or soft serve in your local ice cream shop ask to see the ingredients for the ice cream flavor you are buying.
Before you buy a carton of ice cream, check the ingredients on the carton.
"These ice creams often include chemicals like caroxymethyl cellulose, butyraldehyde, and amyl acetate, additives used in some commercial ice creams. How about some diethyl glycol - a cheap chemical used to take the place of eggs, which is also used in anti-freeze and paint removers. There is a long list of chemical ingredients littering many of today's most famous grocery store ice creams. Here are just some of them: Mono and diglycerides, disodium phosphate, benzyl acetate, mono stearate, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate, polysorbate 80, potassium sorbate, modified corn starch and soy lecithin."
Global Health Renegade
Safe Ice Cream
A few companies still pride themselves on offering "old fashioned ice cream with old fashioned ingredients". The following ice cream brands do not use preservatives or chemicals in the flavors listed below. Check other flavors to ensure they do not contain chemicals that may endanger your life.
Häagen-Dazs Products and Ingredients offering healthier ice cream options.
Häagen-Dazs philosophy: Find the purest and finest ingredients in the world and craft them into the best ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt available. It is a way of doing business that is as demanding as it is uncommon and it is the reason why the Häagen-Dazs brand has epitomized fine ice cream for half a century. Healthy ice cream flavors include the following, but are not limited to these flavors.
Find Haagan-Dazs Ice Cream
at supermarkets, grocery stores, and CVS Pharmacies.
Häagen-Dazs Chocolate: Cream, skim milk, sugar, cocoa, processed with alkali, egg yolks
Häagen-Dazs Vanilla: Cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract
Häagen-Dazs Strawberry: Cream, skim milk, strawberries, sugar, egg yolks
Häagen-Dazs Coffee: Cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, coffee
Häagen-Dazs Rum Raisin: cream, skim milk, rum raisins (raisins, sugar, water, rum), sugar, egg yolks, rum
Häagen-Dazs Pistachio: cream, skim milk, sugar, Skim Milk (Lactose Reduced), corn syrup, egg yolks, salt, natural flavor, pistachios roasted in safflower oil
Häagen-Dazs Cups and Cones: Cup and cones are prepared with ingredients similar to those above (Cream, skim milk, strawberries, sugar, egg yolks)
TEA·RRIFIC! ICE CREAM offering healthier ice cream options.
All Flavors are made from pure ingredients: Fresh hormone free cream from local New England farms, non-fat dry milk, eggs, and organic evaporated cane juice or locally sourced honey. We then infuse it with the best specialty blends of loose leaf and herbal teas we can find, imparting all the goodness nature intended. To that we add only the finest all-natural ingredients to deliver a truly gourmet experience. All flavors have the same basic ingredients as listed above and
stabilizers, gums, corn syrup, preservatives, or artificial colors and flavors. TEA·RRIFIC! ICE CREAM flavors include:
CHAMOMILE Notes of apple and honey from Egyptian chamomile flowers
MASALA CHAI A warm blend of Assam black and rooibos teas with sweet aromatic and peppery spices
LONDON MIST The malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea enhanced with a hint of vanilla
GINGER MATCHA A sweet bite of fresh ginger perfectly balanced with delicate grassy notes of premium Matcha green tea
CHUNKY LONDON MIST The malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea with a hint of vanilla, rich semi-sweet Belgian chocolate flakes and buttery roasted pecan chunks
Visit TEA·RRIFIC! For the founder's complete story and more about TEA·RRIFIC! Products and where to buy this ice cream.
Breyers for Natural Vanilla, Chocolate, and Coffee Ice Cream offering a healthier ice cream option. The following Breyers flavors are made with basic ice cream ingredients, however Tara gum was added after Unilever bought Bryers:
Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream: Milk, cream, sugar, tara gum, natural flavors
Breyers French Vanilla Ice Cream: Milk, cream, sugar, egg yolk, tara gum, natural flavor
Breyers Coffee Ice Cream: Milk, cream, sugar, whey, coffee, tara gum, caramel color
Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream: Milk, cream, sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), whey, tara gum, natural flavor
Breyers also produces flavors that have chemical ingredients such as mono and diglycerides found in Breyers Extra Creamy Vanilla, Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Before buying Breyers Ice Cream, check the flavor to ensure pure ingredients are in your ice cream selection.
Trader Joes offering healthier ice cream options.
Trader Joes offers many different flavors of ice cream - before you buy any ice cream, be sure to check ingredients on side of container.
Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream: Cream, Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Coffee, Espresso Beans, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Coffee Extract, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum
Vanilla Ice Cream: Cream, Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum
Whole Foods Market offering healthier ice cream options.
Whole Foods Market Vanilla Ice Cream: PASTEURIZED MILK, PASTEURIZED CREAM, CANE SUGAR, EGG YOLKS, CAROB BEAN GUM, VANILLA EXTRACT.
Whole Foods Market Coffee Ice Cream: PASTEURIZED MILK, PASTEURIZED CREAM, CANE SUGAR, COFFEE, EGG YOLKS, CAROB BEAN GUM.
Whole Foods Market Chocolate Ice Cream: PASTEURIZED MILK, PASTEURIZED CREAM, CANE SUGAR, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), EGG YOLKS, CAROB BEAN GUM.
Costco Wholesale offering healthier ice cream options.
In addition to
Haagen-Dazs and Kirkland, Super Premium Vanilla
, Costco carries additional ice cream brands that may not be chemical and preservative free.
check the carton for ingredients before buying any ice cream.
Kirkland, Super Premium, Vanilla Ice Cream: Fresh cream, skim milk, sugar, pasteurized egg yolks, natural vanilla, carob bean gum and guar gum
Haagen-Dazs: Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bars: Vanilla ice cream: cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract. Milk chocolate and vegetable oil coating with almonds: milk chocolate (sugar, whole milk powder, chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), almonds roasted in vegetable oil (almond, safflower), coconut oil
The word is
If you're in an ice cream shop; ask to see a list of ingredients before buying ice cream. If you are buying packaged ice cream to take home, read the ingredient label on the ice cream box before purchasing the ice cream.
If you find any ice cream in a store or ice cream shop that has NO CHEMICALS, please let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to our list of
Safe Ice Cream.
Ice Cream and Soft Serve Safety
When ice cream is cheap, it is often made with a starter mix of chemicals that replace the few natural ingredients (cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks, and a flavor such as vanilla or cocoa) needed to make real ice cream. Before buying any ice cream for your child or yourself, be sure you're eating ice cream and not a frozen mixture of chemicals. Follow these ice cream safety tips:
Any Ice Cream Shop that says
Ice cream made fresh daily in the store
should either display a list of ingredients or have the ingredient list available for you to see. Once you've decided on a flavor, ask for the ingredient list before you buy the ice cream.
If the ingredients are healthy and natural, the ice cream shop will be proud to give the ingredients to you.
Look out for potentially toxic chemicals such as
mono and diglycerides
. See warnings below for these chemical ingredients often used in ice cream and soft serve.
Dangers of Carrageenan by Dr. Andrew Weil
"All told, I recommend avoiding regular consumption of foods containing carrageenan."
". . . Dr. Tobacman said that her research has shown that exposure to carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. She explained that all forms of carrageenan are capable of causing inflammation. This is bad news. We know that chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and cancer.
"Dr. Tobacman also told the board that in the past, drug investigators actually used carrageenan to cause inflammation in tissues in order to test the anti-inflammatory properties of new drugs. And she reported further that when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop 'profound' glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes."
Soft-serve ice cream: What's in there anyway? by www.canada.com
Dangers of Polysorbate-80 by Livestrong.com
Polysorbate 80 is found in hard and soft ice cream, including Carvel Soft Ice Cream.
Polysorbate 80 Side Effects
"Polysorbate 80 is also known by the generic name darbepoetin alfa, and is used in treating chronic kidney failure and some kinds of cancer. It stimulates bone marrow to make red blood cells. It is similar to the naturally occurring human protein erythropoietin, but has some side effects that can be life-threatening."
Side Effects include
Headaches and Dizzyness
Infertility - Linked in numerous studies to infertility in mice.