THIS MORNING, I READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE (RBGH OR RBST) IN BREYERS, HAAGEN-DAZS, AND BASKIN-ROBBINS ICE CREAM. It made me think about just how hard it is to find a good, real ice cream.
Ice cream is milk, cream, sugar, and real flavor ingredients like vanilla or cocoa (not to be confused with â€œflavoringâ€ ingredients.) As simple as the ingredients are, real ice cream is very hard to find.
Most ice cream brands contain things like cellulose gum, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, carrageenan, dextrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and dyes. Â Yuck â€“ unhealthy ingredients, some with possible negative health side effects and all with unknown side effects in the quantity and combination theyâ€™re found in our food system.
The two Iâ€™ve found to be closest to the real deal are Breyers (regular not low fat or light) and Turkey Hill Philadelphia Style (I guess Philadelphians donâ€™t like additives in their ice cream).
NOW I FIND OUT THIS rBGH CRAP.
The FDA says ingesting bovine growth hormone is safe.Â But is it?
Remember when you were breastfeeding your baby (or knew someone who was breastfeeding a baby)? Doctors recommend avoiding alcohol and being careful about what medications are ingested â€“ because everything that goes into the mother comes out in the milk. I feel certain my doctor wouldnâ€™t have recommended I take a growth hormone while I was breastfeeding. Whatâ€™s different about cows? Nothing.
- The Bovine Growth Hormone rBGH, is banned in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and all 27 nations of the European Union. Babies in China are developing breasts at seven months because of rBST in the formula.
- rBGH was developed by Monsanto. The companyâ€™s own studies found that the amount of IGF-1 in milk more than doubled when cows were injected with rBGH.Â A European Commission committee determined that excessive levels of IGF-1 in milk of cows injected with rBGH may pose serious risks of breast, colon and prostate cancer.
- Bovine Growth Hormone is also notorious for causing the cows much pain and distress because it increases diseases like lameness and mastitis in cows injected with it. Increased udder infections mean more injections of antibiotics, which also end up in the milk.
SO HOW DO I GET REAL ICE CREAM? I usually make it myself in my Cuisinart ice cream maker. Unfortunately, Iâ€™ve found it hard to find a cream thatâ€™s just cream, without carageenan, guar gum, Polysorbate 80, or other stuff. Seriously, why isnâ€™t cream just cream? But thatâ€™s another blog post.
The bottom line: Bovine Growth Hormone can cause some serious health problems. Avoid or severely limit intake of Breyerâ€™s, Haagen-Dazs, and Baskin-Robbins ice cream because the milk used comes from cows given the growth hormones rBGH/rBST. Know whatâ€™s in your ice cream by reading the ingredients. Eat wisely.