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Concepts in Fitness: Not so cool

July 15, 2019 11:36 am Updated: July 15, 2019 11:52 am


Summer is finally here and if the past few days are any indication, it’s going to be a hot one.

And there’s nothing better than sitting down on a hot summer night, spoon in hand with a pint of your favorite ice cream. It’s creamy, cold, delicious, irresistible and comforting, and before you know it, the container is empty! You try to convince yourself that ice cream is healthy; after all it’s made from milk.

But is ice cream really bad for you? Yes! And it’s important to know what you’re putting in your body; so here’s the ugly truth about your favorite creamy treat.

Warning — this post might be depressing for all you ice cream lovers!

We all know the main ingredient in ice cream is milk, but what you need to know is what’s in the milk.

Factory-farmed milk comes from cows injected with bovine growth hormones (BGH), which increases milk production. In cows, BGH causes foot problems, mastitis and reproductive disorders. And BGH is far more dangerous to humans as it may lead to higher levels of the cancer-causing hormone IGF-1. And that’s not all — most factory-made ice cream comes from factory-farmed milk that contains carcinogenic poisons such as glyphosate, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, ethyl acetate and other toxic ingredients.

Here’s more depressing news. Research from Georgia State University found that emulsifiers like polysorbate 80 and carrageenan cause cancer in mice. Emulsifiers help improve shelf life of food and prevent oil/fat in products from separating from other water-based ingredients.

Polysorbate 80 is a golden colored, vicious liquid which gives ice cream its creamy texture. And it also causes gut inflammation, which increases your chance of developing high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Carrageenan (which is extracted from red seaweed), is used as a thickening agent and stabilizer (gives ice cream a smooth consistency) in ice cream as well as many other food products.

Even though the FDA considers carrageenan to be “natural,” according to a 2016 report released by the Cornucopia Institute it causes gut tumors ulcers, digestive disorders, IBS and may even trigger colon cancer in animals.

Ethyl acetate is a chemical used to give pineapple flavor in your ice cream and is also used for cleaning leather and textiles. Its vapors can cause liver, lung and heart damage.

Diethyl glycol is used as a paint solvent, antifreeze and paint removers. It’s used as a cheap substitute instead of eggs in ice cream. According to the FDA, this substance in any amount is not suitable for use in toothpaste. So why is it allowed in ice cream?

So the next time you’re tempted to pick up ice cream, here’s what you need to know. It should be certified organic, flavored naturally with vanilla bean, lemon, cinnamon, cocoa, and made with whole-food ingredients like those found in your kitchen, not in a lab.

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