Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Antifreeze & Seaweed in Your Ice Cream? Oh, It's in There

Cherry ice-creamCherry Ice Cream Image via WikipediaAlthough I am trying to stick to water ice (which has its own set of issues when you eat out, especially with artificial colors and flavorings), I thought, given the heat and the tendency to increase eating ice cream, that this article was timely.

"Does your ice cream contain seaweed? Sounds like an ice cream flavor for Oscar the Grouch, but if your ice cream contains carrageen, it's got seaweed. Carrageen is a food additive derived from seaweed to keep ice crystals from forming and to give ice cream that thick, silken texture we all know and love. It replaces more expensive -- and fattening -- ingredients.

But seaweed isn't the only weird ingredient lurking in your ice cream. It also contains beans ...

Guar gum, derived from guar beans, is another common thickener found in ice cream, chocolate milk, buttermilk, and other thick 'n' rich dairy treats.

And while I'm at it, I might as well mention that there could be antifreeze in your ice cream as well. Propylene glycol is actually the less-toxic cousin to ethylene glycol (antifreeze), but it's often used to keep ice cream a little soft.

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