Why you should always make your own ice cream (or understand the labelling well!)


I hate to be the bearer of bad news but propylene glycol, a cosmetic form of antifreeze, is added to commercial ice cream.

Yes that’s right antifreeze (ethylene glycol) that is put in car engines is a variation of propylene glycol!, but the fact is that propylene glycol is a related chemical that is known to cause heart, kidney, liver, and central nervous system damage if sufficient quantity is absorbed by the body.

This doesn’t even need to be listed as there is such a thing called “Industry Standard“, which means that if everyone does it, you don’t have to label it!  

A side Effect of Propylene Glycol is loose bowels, even diarrhea.   Propylene glycol is even used to clean out the bowel before surgery and is a primary ingredient in some over the counter constipation meds! (How do you react to commercial ice-cream?)

Bad news doesn’t end there for ice cream; have a read of the other ice cream additives you may encounter:

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.

Banana flavoring is amylbutyrate, which is also used as an oil paint solvent.

Cherry flavour is Aldehydec 17 an inflammable liquid which is used as aniline dyes, and the manufacture of plastic and rubber.

Nut flavour is butraldehyde, one of the ingredients in rubber cement.

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.

And then my personal favourite—- BEAVER BUTT!  Yes folks you read that right the castor sacs which are glands located at the base of the beaver tail, or, in other words glands on both the male and female beaver bottoms.  It is often referenced simply as a “natural flavoring” in products’ lists of ingredients. While it is mainly used in both foods and beverages as part of a substitute vanilla flavour, it is less commonly used as a part of a raspberry or strawberry flavoring. The annual industry consumption is very low, around 300 pounds, whereas vanillin is over 2.6 million pounds annually.

Wouldn’t you rather make your own ice-cream and know exactly what’s in it?

FOODElla Doyle