>> Sunday, December 6, 2009
Ice cream should be an occasional treat and we can probably all start in agreement on that point. It's typical high in calories considering the concept of it is frozen, sweetened cream. In America it's probably eaten more often than it should. Working in a downtown area, it is unsurprising to see people eating as they walk down the skyways at any particular time of the year. So what exactly are we eating when we devour this evilly-delicious stuff?
bought out by Unilever, which is coincidentally before they started churning out new flavor after new flavor. Previously they had about three flavors; vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Obviously, if you go to the store to examine their products now, it's hard to count how many there are. I'm sorry to say that Breyers has gone the way of so many other "natural" or "organic" products out there: adulterated and not worth your dollar. They do still sell their original vanilla with minor modifications, now. Their vanilla is now made from "milk, cream, sugar, natural vanilla flavor, and natural tara gum" Before Breyers, I had not heard of tara gum, so I looked it up, and it turns out to be a thickening agent and stablizer when used in food. This, then, is added so that the ice cream maintains a specific texture for a longer period of time in the freezer. Obviously, since they didn't have it before, they don't need it now - and you don't need it in your body. The only other thing wrong, besides sugar which of course is always bad, is the milk and cream that are listed. If a product doesn't specify that its dairy comes from cows that are not treated with rBGH (growth hormones) then you should assume that it IS. Thus, my verdict is that you should simply stay away from Breyers.
Cold Stone Creamery's ingredient lists are huge paragraphs full of unpronounceable and unrecognizable things. If for some strange reason you hold any faith that their products are even remotely healthy, I'll come back and detail some of what's wrong with them, but if you value your life, or your health at least, please stay away from the Stone.
Jumping over to Maggie Moo's, the vanilla, or Udderly Cream, is only slightly worse than Breyer's so on a day when you're really in the mood you could probably break down & eat it without too much concern for your health.
promotes heart disease and cancer!
So, after the milk, Maggie Moo's has listed sugar, which I should not need to explain is bad, and then corn syrup. You should be working to remove corn as an ingredient in your processed foods, if for no other reason than that it is in nearly everything already. 70% to 80% of all corn in America is genetically modified, which makes it allergenic and generally unhealthy for your body. I cannot say anything yet as to mono- and diglycerides, but since (again) they are not needed in the creation of ice cream, they do not belong there. Carob bean gum and guar gum are processed thickening agents. They're not going to kill you but you don't need them. And carrageenan, a seaweed extract, while natural is also a glutamate, which has similar properties to MSG.
The rest of Maggie Moo's products, although on occasion contain amazingly-good ingredients such as coconut oil or real fruit, are riddled with everything from artificial colors and flavors to trans-fats. With snacks like these, who need doctors? Oh wait - everyone.
If you would like to have your ice cream and eat it, too, what you can do is just make it yourself. There's a point of pride to be cherished when your batch of home-made ice cream turns out a picture of perfection. And sometimes it's the easiest thing in the world to make. The only downside is that you will need some kind of kitchen equipment like a really good blender (Vita-mix!) or an ice cream maker.
To make a delicious Mango ice cream, just blend all these together and serve:
- 1 lb of frozen mangoes
- 1 cup of milk (coconut milk or almond milk are options)
- a splash of vanilla
- sugar to taste (from none to 1 tbsp)
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- up to 2/3 cup sugar
- about 2 tsp vanilla