real food abcs - v for vanilla ice cream

March 24, 2014

real food abcs - vanilla ice cream

V for Vanilla ice cream

When you think of real food, most people probably think vegetables (I debated a while on having that be my V), fruit, whole grains. Not many people would think of ice cream. But I believe that even dessert can be a part of your real food journey.

When is ice cream a real food?

A real food has real ingredients. In the last real food abc - "U" - I wrote about understanding ingredients lists. When you understand ingredients, it makes it much easier to find real food.

So here are some examples of vanilla ice cream. Would you consider all these ingredients "real food" ingredients?

Store-bought ice cream - Regular
Milk, Cream, Sugar, Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolks, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey, Buttermilk, Vanilla Extract, Guar Gum, Mono And Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Annatto Extract And Turmeric (For Color), Carrageenan.
Store-bought ice cream - Fat Free
Skim milk, sugar, corn syrup, polydextrose, maltodextrin, propylene glycol monoesters, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, cream, carb bean gum, guar gum, natural flavor, carrageenan, ice structuring protein, vitamin A palmitate, annatto.
Store-bought ice cream - No sugar added
Milk, Skim Milk, Cream, Maltodextrin, Polydextrose, Maltitol, Sorbitol, Whey Protein Concentrate, Glycerine, Vanilla Extract, Guar Gum, Mono And Diglycerides, Sodium Polyphosphate, Xanthan Gum, Ground Vanilla Beans, Carrageenan, Sucralose (Splenda Brand), Vitamin A Palmitate.

Store-bought ice cream - maybe the best of the bunch
Cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, ground vanilla beans, vanilla extract

The last example has ingredients that I am sure everyone knows. This would be the best choice of the ones listed. Even better? Making homemade ice cream with:

raw milk
pastured egg yolks
organic sugar or raw honey
organic vanilla beans
homemade vanilla extract

bourbon vanilla extract |
Bourbon Vanilla Extract
 I hope your real food journey doesn't exclude treats. Even ice cream can be real.

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