Ask any pig farmer, how they fatten up their pigs before slaughter and they will tell you, “feed them grains and skimmed milk.” Funny, that’s just what most modern dieticians will put you on to lose weight!
While dairy farmers of bygone days always kept pigs and fed them the skimmed milk left over from butter and cream making, this is no longer the case. Now dairy corporations pick up the milk from the farmer and take care of the rest at their factory.
So we have a problem. What do dairy factories do with the skimmed milk after thay make butter and cream? They don’t have a quaint little pig sty out the back that’s for sure. Dairy corporations, with the help of some friends in government nutrition departments, have invented a way to get rid of ’skim’ milk as they slyly renamed it. “Sell it to the fatties” as a diet food.
So after a week of trying to be strong and drinking skimmed milk, fattie begins to crave for what is missing from ’skim’ milk - the fat. They find themselves at the freezer section of the supermarket, guiltily salivating over the brightly coloured packaging of litres upon litres of delicious ice cream. Unfortunately along with the cream, comes refined sugar, highly refined wheat (maltodextrin) and a whole host of scary chemicals.
If you want to keep enjoying your commercial ice cream treats, please do not read any further.
There are over 1,400 flavorings, stabilizers, colors, and emulsifiers used by commercial ice cream manufacturers.
Why do manufacturers use artificial flavours? They cost less. Duh!
Vanilla, Category I is commercial vanilla flavoring made entirely of vanilla. Natural vanilla (which is pureed vanilla beans or vanilla extract) is much more expensive than artificial vanilla. Vanilla flavored, Category II is a combination of natural and artificial flavors. Artificially flavored 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.
Strawberry flavor is benzyl acetate, a synthetic chemical that tastes like strawberries. According to the Merck Index, an encyclopedia for chemists, this substance is extremely dangerous and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is a nitrate solvent.
Pineapple flavoring is Ethyl acetate. 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.
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.
Propylene glycol (also used in antifreeze), glycerin, sodium carboxyl methylcellulose, monoglycerides, diglycerides, disodium phosphates, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, polysorbate 80, and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.
Ok It’s time for some good news to stop your stomach churning, our home made ice cream recipe doesn’t include petrol or coal, anti freeze or any other chemical belonging in some toy factory in China! It does include egg yolks to thicken the ice cream. Manufacturers use diethyl glycol instead. This is the same chemical used in antifreeze and paint removers. Manufacturers pump air into ice cream so it weighs about 1.8 kgs for a 4 litre container. Homemade ice cream weighs 3 to 4 kgs for 4 litres.
That’s it though, I promise, except for the sugar. Don’t get me started…
About the Author...
Joanne Hay, Editor of Nourished Magazine, Chief Nourisher and Mother of three is very grateful to live in Byron Bay and be able to share all she has learned about Nourishment. She has trained as an Acupuncturist (unfinished), Kinesiologist (finished) and parent (never finished). She serves the Weston A Price Foundation as a chapter leader. She loves sauerkraut, kangaroo tail stew, home made ice cream, her husband Wes and her kids Isaiah, Brynn and Ronin (in no particular orderâ€¦well maybe ice cream first).