Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Frozen Treat Not Such a Treat

By Kelly McNulty Valenzuela

Some of you may have seen my Facebook status a week or so ago about my experience after eating a Sonic Blast. I rarely eat ice cream, much less ice cream from a fast food joint with whipped "topping" and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup bits in it, but I thought I would treat myself to dessert while I was out running errands. A treat it was not!

Over the next few days, I broke out in cystic-type acne all over my neck, shoulders, back and chest. I got a few smaller bumps on my face as well. Many of them were quite painful and I still have them nearly a week later.

I emailed Sonic for the ingredients of the Sonic Blast since I've eaten store-bought ice cream (such as Häagen-Dazs five™) and not had this effect. I know diary doesn't cause my acne despite all the rumors about that because I eat dairy products all the time, so I wondered if it was the high sugar content or something else?
After taking a look at the ingredients (see the list below), I don't think my problem was caused by sugar or dairy. I feel fairly certain my reaction was caused by one, if not several, of the unnatural and likely toxic ingredients that made up my "treat."

The obvious lesson learned here is that there is real harm involved with eating toxins. The effect was obvious on the outer portion of my body and I don't know what it did inside my body, but it couldn't have been good. Granted, I don't eat this way all the time (well, not anymore), but even small amounts of toxins on rare occasions appears to be quite bad for me. Yes, the "treat" satisfied my rare urge to eat something sweet, but the harmful and long-lasting effects are simply not worth it in my opinion.

That being said, I would like to give credit where it's due. When I eat fast food (maybe once every 2-3 weeks or even less), I usually go to Wendy's. Their meat tastes like real meat, their chili is pretty darn good (even though it has beans), and on the rare occasion I want dessert, I've never had any trouble with their small, chocolaty Frosty. I know the Frosty has some bad ingredients, but at least they use real dairy products like milk and cream, plus they use real cocoa! The bad ingredients are the last few things on the list, so they're in small quantities. (See Junior-sized Chocolate Frosty here.)

Anyway, I thought I'd pass that along for whatever it may be worth to any of you. If I can spare just one person this annoying acne-like outbreak, I will feel better about my experience!

The ingredients in the Reese’s are:

Milk Chocolate (milk chocolate contains sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, non-fat milk, milk fat, lactose, and soya lecithin and PGPR (as emulsifiers), Peanuts, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, and TBHQ and Citric Acid (to preserve freshness).

The ingredients in the ice cream are:

Milkfat and Nonfat Milk, Water, Sugar, Buttermilk, Whey, Corn Syrup, Less than 1% of: Mono & Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Carrageenan, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Annatto (Color).

Whipped Topping ingredients are:
WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF THE FOLLOWING: *SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE), DEXTROSE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, POLYSORBATE 60, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, XANTHAN GUM, GUAR GUM, COLORED WITH TURMERIC AND ANNATTO EXTRACTS.
*NOT A SOURCE OF LACTOSE

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