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:
Bleached wheat flour (acts like sugar in the body)
Sugar (one of the main causes of belly fat)
Caramel color (the same junk they color soft drinks with)
High fructose corn syrup (causes extreme cravings)
Corn syrup (ditto)
Modified corn starch
Mono and diglycerides
Soy lecithin (much of this has MSG hidden in it)
Corn syrup (again)
Natural flavor (this is a joke considering all the unnatural flavors)
Propylene glycol monostearate (more on this below)
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose (can you pronounce that?)
Sorbitol (a sugar alcohol)
Carob bean gum
Vitamin A palmitate
Carrageenan (a seaweed extract)
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
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.