Summer is heating up and kids are screaming for ice cream. Before you purchase it, though, think about what you are feeding your children — cream, sugar, eggs and flavorings. Ice cream is a staple of warm weather and parties, but is it really worth celebrating with ice cream treats laden with food toxins?
Cream and other dairy products often are brimming with antibiotics, hormones, pus and mycotoxins. Notorious for digestive upset, dairy often is responsible for allergies, asthma and skin disorders. In addition, humans are the only mammals to drink the growth-promoting milk of another animal.
Sugar is another harmful component. Many experts consider sugar toxic, as it may lead to a variety of illnesses, including dental deformities, diabetes, obesity and learning difficulties. The addictive qualities of sugar are well-known and exploited.
Eggs are essential for the custard-like consistency of ice cream. Eggs are not inherently bad, but what do the chickens that lay them eat and under what conditions are they produced? Chickens generally are fed cheap, moldy grains under extremely overcrowded and stressful factory farming circumstances, without being able to see sunlight or even walk. Of course, consumers can locate contented, pastured chickens that produce eggs humanely, but corporations that produce ice cream use the cheapest ingredients to protect their bottom line, and these eggs are not bargain-basement priced.
Flavorings are added to give ice cream the characteristic taste we expect. Did you know one “natural” vanilla flavor comes from the scent gland located near the beaver’s tail? Other forms of vanilla come from wood pulp. Yum!
So the next time you think of taking your child’s baseball team for ice cream, think of what that treat really contains. Do you want their developing bodies to feast on neurotoxic ingredients that won’t help them, or do you want to give them the gift of mouthwatering fruit or coconut water? If you are planning a less spontaneous event, you can even purchase coconut “ice cream” or coconut ice cream sandwiches.