I’ve been going on and on about making organic ice cream and my wife found a section in a recent purchase of a cookbook that gives what I feel is important data to all you ice cream lovers. I would like you to compare our method of making ice cream in about 45 minutes, to the mass production of "ice cream" by the various manufacturers. Check out those ingredient lists!
My wife recently purchased this cookbook so that I could learn more about how to cook better or to cook different things and vary our diet. I can definitely see her viewpoint. Our diet is going to be as diverse as possible and as organic as possible. And if we gain weight, I’m going to look for the food that is lugging down our systems, not the food that has "fat" in it.
The cookbook is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.
Okay! We eat organic ice cream composed of raw cream and raw colostrum, organic vanilla flavoring, two organic egg yolks and organic agave (it’s real sweet), and make it in an organic ice cream machine (this last is a joke). We’ll add organic fruit such as strawberries, cherries, concord grapes and pineapple juice from organic pineapples, etc. So far, it’s lots of fat, and so far NOT fattening.
Conventional Ice Cream Ingredients
It turns out that ice cream manufacturers are not required by law to list the additives they put in ice cream sold in stores. Here is a partial list of some "flavoring" ingredients in store-bought ice cream:
- Diethylglycol — a chemical used instead of egg yolks. It’s also used in antifreeze and paint removers.
- Piperonal — it’s used in place of vanilla. It’s used to kill lice.
- Aldehydec-17 — a cherry flavoring. It’s inflammable and also used in aniline dye (aniline: a colorless, oily, poisonous benzene derivative, used in the manufacture of rubber, dyes, resins, pharmaceuticals, and varnishes), plastic and rubber.
- Ethyl Acetate — a pineapple flavor. It’s used as a cleaner for leather and textiles. If you are unlucky enough to inhale Ethyl Acetate vapors, well, it’s been known to cause chronic lung, liver and heart damage. One wonders what ingesting it does to one’s body and systems.
- Butyraldehyde — a nut flavoring. It’s one of the ingredients in rubber cement.
- Amylacetate — a banana flavoring. It’s also used as an oil paint solvent.
- Benzyl Acetate — a strawberry flavor. It’s a nitrate solvent.
Most of the above listed "ingredients" are real tongue twisters — literally. I’m not going into what else is in your favorite tasting ice cream because I just wanted to concentrate on the toxic ingredients and emphasize how these ingredients can lug your various body systems down.
Conventional versus Organic Ice Cream
There’s no need to state the obvious when you compare the two different ice creams. One is healthy for you and your children and the other, well, in my opinion, went off the rails as far as conforming to the definition of nutrition — that is, something that will nourish your body.
By the way, I think that the food label "organic" should be named just plain old food. While the other food label "conventional" should be renamed "unconventional food" and should carry the label:
Warning! This food can be hazardous to your health
if you continue to eat it.
Pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and paint solvent, etc., have no place in our food.
Let’s encourage farmers to grow and raise just plain food and plenty of it! And pay them well for being a healthy service to our society.
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