I heard someone say that on the subway one day.
“…and it has nothing organic in it besides water and xantham gum,” they continued, “and it’s like 2 chemical compounds away from being the container that it’s in.”
When I got home, I ran to the freezer, looked at the ingredients in my container of Cool Whip and ran to the computer to research. Do not be fooled by the low-calorie count in this product. I say “product” because it’s clearly NOT food. We really have to read labels more carefully, especially in our “diet” food. (I would love to be a size 6, but not if it means I have a heart attack the next day!)
2. Hydrogenated Vegetable or Palm Kernel Oil
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
4. Polysorbate 60
5. Sorbitan Monostearate
6. Xantham Gum
Water – you should be drinking a glass while reading this.
Hydrogenated Vegetable (or any) oil – In a nutshell, are transfats. They lower HDL (good) cholesterol and an increase LDL (bad) cholesterol. They are added to foods in order to make them solid at room temperature and to extend their shelf life. The problem is they turn to sludge in your body for the same reason, and transfats clog arteries and lead to high-blood pressure, circulation problems, and heart attacks!
High fructose Corn Syrup – It extends the shelf life of processed foods and is cheaper than sugar (that’s why it’s found everywhere). It’s basically made by turning the natural glucose found in corn starch into fructose. Fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals and robs the body of micronutrients in order to be assimilated into the body. Glucose, a natural occurring sugar found in nature, is easily digested by every cell in the body. But High fructose corn syrup is ONLY digestible by the liver, and too much of it causes it to be expelled back out into the body. Causing everything from gastrointestinal problems, to diahrrea. It also messes with the liver’s ability to produce insulin properly! (Diabetes anyone?)
Sorbitan monostearate – is basically a wax. Waxes are used as an emulsifying agents. Sorbitan monostearate is also used in hemorrhoid creams, and creams to treat dry skin. (Ewwwwww.)
Polysorbate 60 – another type of emulsifying agent and member of the Sorbitan monostearate family that makes essential oils water soluble. Also found in lotions and creams.
Xantham Gum – a thickening agent and stabilizer derived from naturally occuring bacteria that functions similarly to gelatin in recipes, but it is completely vegan
I am not a doctor or a chemist, so check out these articles on the hazards of this widely used product…
I don’t like bringing up a problem without a solution, so below are recipes and a video for homemade whipped cream, try using organic heavy cream if you can. Or you can buy RediWhip, which is made from real milk and has only 15 calories a serving. There is also Soyatoo Whip, and Rice Whip for those of you (like me) that are soy-sensitive. Sexy is vegan so I’ve also included a vegan whipped cream recipe as well. Lemme know whatcha think! Just remember, the vegan/veggie versions have WAY more calories than the milk versions. Or If you can order it, mimicreme whips up well and it’s gluten, dairy, and egg free.
Note: I’ll be exploring Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and High Fructose Corn Syrup in more depth in the coming weeks