The Skinny on Skinny Cow

We often end up scanning the nutrient panels on products to see if they are a healthy choice without reading the ingredients list. Sometimes this can lead to decisions like Skinny Cow Ice Cream over our regular brand because the stats appear lower.

However, upon further review of the back of the label this small ice cream sandwich is STUFFED with chemicals.

Here are the whopping 33 ingredients and my comments after some of them:

  1. Skim milk
  2. Bleached wheat flour (acts like sugar in the body)
  3. Sugar (one of the main causes of belly fat)
  4. Caramel color (the same junk they color soft drinks with)
  5. Dextrose (sugar)
  6. Palm oil
  7. Corn flour
  8. High fructose corn syrup (causes extreme cravings)
  9. Corn syrup (ditto)
  10. Baking soda
  11. Modified corn starch
  12. Mono and diglycerides
  13. Soy lecithin (much of this has MSG hidden in it)
  14. Cocoa
  15. Sugar (again)
  16. Corn syrup (again)
  17. Polydextrose (sugar)
  18. Whey protein
  19. Cream
  20. Calcium carbonate
  21. Inulin
  22. Natural flavor (this is a joke considering all the unnatural flavors)
  23. Propylene glycol monostearate (more on this below)
  24. Microcrystalline cellulose
  25. Sodium carboxymethylcellulose (can you pronounce that?)
  26. Guar gum
  27. Monoglycerides
  28. Sorbitol (a sugar alcohol)
  29. Carob bean gum
  30. Citric acid
  31. Vitamin A palmitate
  32. Carrageenan (a seaweed extract)
  33. Salt

So as you can see, this may be a low-fat ice cream sandwich, but don’t think for a second that this “Skinny Cow” is a healthy food choice. This is a nutrient dead “Frankenfood.” By this I mean that it’s not even a real food, it’s just a chemically-altered food-like substance.

And it gets worse: Propylene Glycol Monostearate (ingredient #23) is found…

  • As a working fluid in hydraulic presses
  • As a coolant in liquid cooling systems
  • To regulate humidity in a cigar humidor
  • As the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles
  • As an additive to pipe tobacco to prevent dehydration
  • To treat livestock ketosis
  • As the main ingredient in deodorant sticks
  • As a solvent used in mixing photographic chemicals, such as film developers
  • As an ingredient in the production of paintballs


The College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State says this about propylene glycol monostearate:

“Slightly more toxic than propylene glycol in animals, and in large doses produces central nervous system depression and kidney injury.”

This is why it is extremely important to read the ingredients list when you want to know what you’re really eating. If you just look at the table, it looks like a good choice, but the fact is that it’s a terrible choice when compared to a brand that may have a slightly higher fat or calorie intake but all natural ingredients.

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