Ice Cream: Why It Is Bad for Health

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Ice Cream FlavorIce cream is a treat that most of us love to eat, especially during the summer time. The addictiveness of ice cream is one of the reasons why it is bad for our health. If it weren’t so addictive, we wouldn’t have a problem of eating it in large quantities. Most ice creams found in convenience stores and grocery stores are full of harmful synthetic chemicals. It is amazing how many chemicals ice cream manufacturers will use to make their ice cream taste more addictive. Because ice cream is an addictive treat, most of us will have a hard time resisting it.

If you are going to eat ice cream on a regular basis, please eat in moderate levels or choose a healthier choice. I recommend buying organic ice cream instead of conventional ice cream. The bad thing about organic ice cream is the higher cost. Breyers ice cream is also a good choice. Even though Breyers Ice cream is healthier than most ice cream, it still contained unhealthy ingredients. The trick to maintaining a good health with ice cream is to eat in moderate levels, a few times a week or less is recommended. Ice cream is also high in calories. By cutting down on your ice cream intake, you are also reducing your risk of gaining weight.

Below are 7 of the most common harmful synthetic chemicals found in conventional ice cream.

  1. Acetiel C17: An aniline dye that is used in the manufacture of plastic, rubber and pharmaceuticals. Aniline is a colorless, oily and poisonous benzene derivative. It is popular as an additive for ice cream because it has a tasty cherry flavor.
  2. Amyl Acetate: A powerful paint solvent that is commonly used as artificial banana flavoring.
  3. Benzyl Acetate: A nitrate solvent that is widely used as artificial strawberry flavoring.
  4. Butyrlaldehyde: An ingredient that is popular in cement. It is used as an artificial nut flavoring in conventional ice cream.
  5. Diethylglycol: A chemical that has emulsifier properties. It is popular for replacing eggs. It is also found in antifreeze. Maybe this is why it has the word “die” as a part of its name!
  6. Ethyl Acetate: A chemical that is popular for cleaning leather. Its vapors are known to be harmful to the lung, liver and heart. It is common in conventional ice cream because it gives it a pineapple-like flavor.
  7. Pepernial: A chemical that is popular for killing lice. Pepernial is used in ice cream to mimic the vanilla flavor because it has a vanilla-like taste.

Before buying ice cream make sure you read the ingredients list. If it contains some of the 7 chemicals above, you may want buy a different one. You should also avoid ice creams that have gums, stabilizers, artificial flavors and strange fancy words that you can’t understand listed as ingredients.

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  1. Merrick says:

    This post is a prime example of willfully misleading readers.

    Amyl Acetate is indeed a powerful paint solvent – it’s also called banana oil because it’s a perfectly natural product of the banana plant and is largely responsible for the flavor of the banana. It is therefore ABSOLUTELY safe.

    Benzyl Acetate is NOT a “nitrate solvent” whatever that is supposed to be, but it is a solvent commonly used in the plastics and resins industries. It is also a perfectly natural compound which makes up the primary fraction of essential oils from jasmine and other flowers. It is a perfectly safe compound.

    Diethylglycol is the German form of the English word diethyleneglycol.

    Ethyl Acetate is, indeed, popular for cleaning leather. So is water. Ethyl acetate is what you get if you mix ethyl alcohol and acetic acid (drinking alcohol and vinegar). And, as such, is the single most common ester in ALL wines, and therefore the primary contributor to the smell of most wines. It is absolutely as safe as both alcohol and vinegar, if not actually safer than both.

    Pepernial is a mispelling of piperonal which is also called heliotropine and occurs naturally in plants such as dill, violet flowers, and black pepper. It is also found naturally in vanilla (which is why it is used as an “artificial” vanilla flavoring. It has no lice-killing properties and, along with the sloppy nature of the rest of this “expose” it is probably being confused with pyrethrin.

  2. Roza says:

    Thanks a lot