The Doctors: Ice Cream Dangers
Americans eat more than a billion gallons of ice cream every year, and there are 12 pounds of milk in every gallon. Classic Vanilla is the favorite flavor, with Chocolate and Strawberry rounding out the top three. You will definitely want to add Chef Rocco’s Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe to your Pinterest Board!
Vanilla Ice Cream Contains Lice Medicine
Dr. Travis Stork said real Vanilla Beans are expensive, so the shortcut ice cream makers turn to is Piperonal, a synthetic Vanilla flavor that is also used to kill lice. Gross. I’m glad I don’t like Vanilla Ice Cream anyway.
Pineapple Ice Cream Ethyl Acetate
Dr. Lisa Masterson has a warning for folks who love Pineapple Ice Cream. It can contain a sweetening agent that might make you feel sick. Ethyl Acetate, which is sometimes used to create that tangy sensation, is a chemical also found in Nail Polish Remover, Cigarettes, and Leather Cleaner.
The Drs TV: Does Ice Cream Cause Cancer
“We’re not suggesting Pineapple Ice Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream’s going to cause cancer, like smoking cigarettes, or that you’re eating Lice Killer. That’s not it at all," Dr. Travis said.
The point is to expose the truth behind the artificial flavorings in our food. “We should know what our food’s going to do to us," Chef Rocco DiSpirito said.
Do Artificial Dyes Cause ADHD?
Dr. Travis pointed out that these chemicals are considered safe by the FDA, but “no one really knows, I think, in the end."
Dr. Jim Sears said as a pediatrician he is concerned about the effects of artificial dyes on children. He said 15 million pounds of artificial coloring are added to our food every year.
He said that chemicals such as Red Dye #40, Yellows #5 and #6, and Blue #1 have been scientifically linked to higher instances of ADHD. Dr. Jim said an FDA panel investigated but declined to recommend warning labels on dyed foods.
Natural Dye Alternatives
Dr. Jim said you could use Beet Juice or other alternatives instead of chemical dyes. But Dr. Travis said the drawback is the cost, because dyes are cheaper. “We have to figure out a way," he said.
Dr. Lisa Masterson said it’s important to look at the labels and be aware of what you could be putting in your body. She suggested choosing ice cream options with fewer ingredients.
“I don’t think the same ingredients that are in our ice cream should be in our cigarettes and nail polish remover," Chef Rocco said.
Rocco’s Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
“With about $2 worth of ingredients, we can make four huge portions of what I call Instant Strawberry Soft Serve," Chef Rocco said.
His recipe uses Stevia, an all natural sweetener he claims has no side effects or calories.
This recipe makes four servings. Chef Rocco said 4 oz. of typical strawberry ice cream would have about 300 calories, but his recipe has just 55 calories.
“Making your own, you know exactly what’s in it," Dr. Travis said.
- 2 cups Frozen, unsweetened strawberries
- 2 tsp. Stevia sweetener
- ½ tsp. Xanthan gum
- 2 tbsp. Agave
- 4 tsp. Lemon Juice
- 3 tsp. Water
- Combine wet ingredients in a blender.
- Add dry ingredients and blend together until mixed.
- Next, add strawberries, blending and stirring for about five seconds.
- Serve immediately or store in a sealed container until ready to eat.
- Enjoy your guilt-free, dye-free, low calorie dessert.