As a child, I loved ice cream so much (and I still do!)…. Whenever there was a chance to get it, I would get one of those soft serve ice creams, that was invented in the 30′ies. It was made with dairy and put in a real crusty cone with a swirl and you could get all kinds of toppings – my favorite was chocolate. Vanilla was and is still my favorite flavor of them all. I never thought that there was something wrong with eating an ice cream, as this was a real treat when growing up, but now I know it’s better to get a high quality version, which actually taste so much better too.
When I turned vegan, I simply quit eating ice cream for a long time, until I once or twice a year had a sorbet ice cream. Sorbet ice cream is really delicious, but there is nothing like a creamy, vanilla flavored ice cream. You don’t always want to make your own, so it’s great to know your options. It’s also good to investigate a little and find out what’s in those ice creams, that everyone else eat
To be honest, I was shocked to find out, that it’s not just dairy the ice cream makers add to the ice cream…. it’s actually a concoction of anti-freeze, nitrates, lice killers, leather cleaners, rubber cement solvents and other scary combinations, that are being added by uncaring mega corporations (all in the name of profit!). There are over 1375 different flavorings, stabilizers, colors, and emulsifiers used in the manufacture of commercial ice cream. And what about those delicious flavors, that we all used to cherish? Here’s a few tips of what you are getting:
STRAWBERRY – Chemical of the moment is benzyl acetate, a synthetic chemical that tastes like strawberries. This substance is a nitrate solvent and is extremely dangerous and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
VANILLA - Category III is entirely artificial. Artificial vanilla flavoring is peperonal or vanillin. Peperonal is a chemical used to kill lice. Vanillin is made from the wastes of wood pulp and has no relationship to the vanilla bean. Natural vanilla (which is pureed vanilla beans or vanilla extract) is much more expensive than artificial vanilla.
PINEAPPLE - Ethyl acetate is used to fool our taste buds. It can cause liver, kidney, and heart damage. It is also used as a cleaner for leather and textiles. Its vapors have been known to cause chronic lung, liver, and heart damage. So, as long as you don’t breathe while eating this, you should be ok.
BANANA – Apparently amylbutyrate does the trick here. This nasty chemical is used as an oil paint solvent.
CHERRY - Aldehydec 17 will burn your senses. This inflammable liquid is used as ananiline dye in the manufacture of plastic and rubber.
NUT FLAVORS – It gets worse. The chemical of choice is butraldehyde, one of the ingredients in rubber cement. Next time you are repairing your shoes, just think of the consumers eating their butternut or crunchynut ice cream.
Nearly all artificial food flavors and food colors come from coal tar! This is a substance in coal and also petroleum. Coal tar is notorious as a causative agent in producing cancer of the stomach, bowel, kidney, liver, and other organs. So how about that?
I dare you to try a real ice cream. One that won’t make you sick or overload the body with chemicals and toxins. Why not make the effort to get something great and even start to ask for other brands in you local area where you buy your ice cream? I think it’s time that ice cream shops have a make-over and follow the trends in the market and offer more and healthier choices – especially non-dairy.
By he way, do you know the story of John Robbins, the only son of the founder of the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream empire. If not you should google him and read about how he turned away from the dairy ice cream empire to fight for better choices in our society.
Ok, so you want to make an effort and step up your ice cream a notch… I have some alternatives for you. The easy one is to buy something pre-made and my favorite brand is Larry & Lunas (read my review here). The other choice is to make your own ice cream. I personally don’t prefer nut based ice creams, but thats an option too, if you like it.