Ice cream is the most popular and refreshing delicacy in the hot summer days and everybody loves it. Different flavors, different shapes, in a cone or on a stick -- there is no such person that does not like this refreshing and sweet delight.
However, behind this mouth-watering picture and irresistible taste lies a more cruel truth when it comes to the ingredients used in the production process.
This summer delight contains harmful ingredients, also known as “secret E-numbers”. These include artificial flavors, sweeteners, color and synthetic sweeteners, emulsifiers, thickening agents and different additives which form tiny ice crystals when combined with water.
Producers still give their most common excuses: Yes, they are harmful, but still allowed and used in traces. Even though we are talking about small amounts, these ingredients are still considered as poisonous, and sometimes we consume ice cream several times a day.
We have listed some of the most common ingredients contained in ice cream. Please have in mind that these substances are never labeled on the declaration or remain hidden behind some of the E-numbers.
ALDEHID C-17 -- Used to improve the taste of sour cherry ice cream. It is actually a liquid used in the production of aniline colors, plastics and rubber.
AMIL ACETAT -- This chemical gives the artificial banana flavor. It is used as a developer for oil colors.
BENZIL ACETAT -- Gives the artificial strawberry flavor. It is also used as nitro diluent.
BUTIRALDEHID -- Improves the taste of hazelnut ice cream, and it is one of the main ingredients contained in rubber cement.
ETIL ACETAT -- Producers use it to get the artificial pineapple flavor. It is used as a cleaning agent for leather and other fabrics. This substance can cause chronic damages to your liver, heart and chest.
PIPERONAL -- Used to get the distinctive vanilla flavor, but also to get rid of lice.
We hope that this list was enough to make you reach for an organic ice cream next time you need something to refresh yourself. Be sure your ice cream does not contain any toxic additives, and always check if there is a certificate guaranteeing its high quality.
But, why should you worry about the content, when you can easily make your own healthy and delicious ice cream.