Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Negative Effects of Regular Ice Cream

Regular ice cream is one of America’s most favored sweet treats. This product is so widely available that it’s sold even in school cafeterias where children can readily purchase it. We’ve long been eating regular ice cream making it sometimes difficult to grasp the idea that continued consumption of this product actually has profound undesirable effects to the body.

Read further and discover more about the negative effects of regular ice cream and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of dietary fats.

Regular Ice Cream Risks:

Regular ice cream, back in the day, used to feature wholesome ingredients like cream, egg yolks, sweeteners like organic maple syrup, and natural flavoring agents like pure vanilla extract. These days, commercially produced regular ice cream has become a brew of chemicals and synthetic ingredients contained in eye-catching packaging to lure people into buying the product.

Take for instance the main ingredient dairy. These non-organic dairy products like cream and milk are now harvested from feedlot-raised dairy cows. These animals are routinely injected with hormones to ensure continued milk production. One particular hormone used is called insulin-like growth factor 1 or IGF-1 and is studied to this day for its apparent link to hormone-dependent conditions ranging from acne, to serious diseases like prostate and breast cancers.

Regular ice cream also isn’t pure cream or milk anymore. Most brands now add hydrogenated fats as these are cheaper as compared to the traditional base ingredients. Hydrogenated fats started out as coconut oil or palm oil which are healthy on their own. However, these vegetable oils are subjected to high levels of heat as well as infused with metal catalysts so as to transform the oils into a solid state at room temperature to allow for easier handling and longer storage. Now nothing more than trans fats, the once healthy vegetable oils are more akin to plastics in terms of molecular structure, and wherein continued consumption may cause serious health problems like increased cholesterol levels in the blood, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.

Regular ice cream also contains sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup which is linked to diabetes, neurobehavioral disorders like ADHD in children, and decreased mental acuity in adults. No- or low-calorie versions of regular ice cream, on the other hand, contain either exclusively or a combination of aspartame, acesulfame, or sucralose. Consumer rights groups have reported various side effects of aspartame ingestion to the FDA. Acesulfame and sucralose, meanwhile, have to this day not yet been studied that thoroughly. This is alarming as both synthetic sweeteners don’t get fully processed in the intestinal tract, and we don’t know what happens with the acesulfame and sucralose that remain in the body.

Regular ice cream contains a concoction of synthetic additives and preservatives as well. Take for instance butraldehyde, a flammable liquid, and amyl acetate, a fruity-smelling alcohol. Both cause a range of symptoms such as irritation of the eyes and skin respiratory tract, dizziness, cough, sore throat, and in worst cases, pulmonary edema or accumulation of water in the lungs. Diethyl glycol, a poisonous liquid with a sweet taste, is added as an emulsifier as well. Acetaldehyde, another chemical that’s used in cherry-flavored treats, meanwhile has been identified by the EPA as a potential carcinogen and causes the same symptoms as butraldehyde and amyl acetate when ingested.

Regular ice cream with red, purple, or pink hues have most likely been colored with carmine or cochineal extract which may cause allergic reactions. Carrageenan, a thickening agent extracted from seaweeds, is a common additive, too. It is particularly unsafe for small children as they are more prone to immune system and gastrointestinal maladies which are the side effects of carrageenan ingestion.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of milk chocolate and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of dietary fats.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

Eat:

Moderate:

Avoid:

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