It’s guess the “food” time!! Here’s a snippet from a long list of ingredients… You may need your encyclopedia for this one:
nonfat milk, corn syrup, water, high fructose corn syrup, sweetened condensed whole milk, cocoa processed with alkali, modified corn starch, hydrogenated coconut oil, salt, potassium sorbate and propyl paraben – as preservatives, carrageenan, propylene glycol alginate, natural and artificial vanilla flavor, soy lecithin), sugar, brownies (sugar, wheat flour, cocoa processed with alkali, water, eggs, egg whites, dried apple powder, nonfat dry milk, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, vanilla extract, soybean oil, salt), cream, corn syrup, macadamia brittle [sugar, macadamia nuts, corn syrup, butter (cream, salt), coconut oil, molasses, soy lecithin, salt, sodium bicarbonate], cocoa powder and chocolate liquor processed with alkali, stabilizer (modified whey, maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, locust bean gum, carrageenan), whey powder, brown color (blue 1, red 40, yellow 5), vitamin a palmitate
This is something being marketed to us as “a healthy choice”.
How can this be?
It’s a frozen yogurt called “Aloha Brownie Madness” with only 150 calories per 125 ml serving. Delish no?
Baskin Robbins contacted me wanting to offer a ‘desk side’ tasting of this new product, which they deem to be a “better” choice. Their selection offers a variety of options that are “dairy-free”, “fat-free”, “no-sugar-added”, and “calorie-reduced”.
Baskin Robbins hoped that I would try their new products and do a review on them. These PR companies ought to do better research, before sending out crappola like this.
You know me well enough to predict how I responded to this offer. I said no to the product because waste is waste and asked simply for the full ingredient list.
This is what I refer to as HealthWashing– the practice of a company labelling something as a healthy choice when really it is a toxic pile of poop. Though a pile of poop might be healthier. I just grossed myself out.
Why on earth does a calorie count matter when what is needed to produce that low calorie count is toxic chemical waste? It’s safe to say that we should be weary of foods advertised on television. If we followed what TV told us to do, I think we’d have nine cars, 16 credit cards, be horribly overweight, have an overload of toxins in our body from all the perfumes, hair dyes and cosmetics, yearn to be thin as a rail and be in diapers (why do so many meds have loss of bladder control as a side effect?). Wait… we kind of are!
Unfortunately, with so much media being thrown at us, we fail to see the importance of ingredient quality. Is “propylene glycol alginate” even a food? It came from food, kelp actually, but as the emulsifier in this ice cream, I’m not sure you’d be eating that on its own. Most of this ingredient list sounds like something used to fuel airplanes.
Think about this for a second. One food I love to its and bits is the coconut. I use coconut oil abundantly. The stuff I use is virgin cold-pressed. What this yogurt treat is using, hydrogenated coconut oil, is a beat-up version that the coconut goddesses would not appreciate. When an oil is partially hydrogenated it means that after it is first extracted, it is processed further in order to increase its melting point. In this process, some fats are also converted into trans fatty acids, which can actually be deadly.
My advice? If you want ice cream, eat the real thing. Enjoy it, love it. It’s a treat meant to be savoured. Don’t pretend like it’s a health food. If you want frozen yogurt, than freeze your yogurt.