HIDDEN NASTIES IN ICECREAM

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Sometimes we barely look at the ingredients, or just glide over the numbers assuming that because it is in food, its safe and probs will be fine for us. Think again people. Here are some of the hidden nasties we want you to become aware of! These long names shouldn’t scare you and at the end of the day it’s all about awareness.

Sodium Metabisulphite (223)

Potential effects – hay fever, asthma, irritant, prohibited in foods for infants, suspected respiratory, kidney and immunotoxicity, eczema, dermatitis, itching, hives, rash, migraines, hyperactivity, gastrointestinal ailments
Derived from -synthetic materials
Also found in – bread, cheese, dried fruit, jam, wine, cosmetics, hair spray, moisturiser, sunscreen

Annatto Extracts (160b) 

Potential effects – A headache, hypotension, may cause irritability, restlessness, sleep disturbance, nettle rash or hives
Derived from – GMO plants
Also found in – cosmetics, soap, beverages, cereals, dairy products, icing

Processed Euchema Seaweed (407a) 

Potential effects – it is a form of carrageenans, gastrointestinal system and liver harm
Derived from –  plant
Also found in – other processed foods

Vegetable oil
You can read about vegetable oil here 

Sugar in different forms:

There are many different ways of labelling sugar to try and make it harder for consumers to understand the ingredients list. Some are:

  • Agave nectar
  • Barley malt
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Carob sugar
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Dextrin
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Glucose
  • Golden sugar
  • Grape Sugar
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Palm Sugar
  • Raw Sugar
  • Sucrose

What can you have instead?
– Try freezing some natural greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt and serving it with some fresh fruit.
– Try Cocofrio’s ice creams which use rice malt syrup instead of sugar (this is fructose free  – fructose is the sugar you want to avoid)
– Make our pops 
– Alternatively, choose the ice-cream with the least amount of sugar per 100g

 

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