How would you feel about an ice cream that doesn’t melt even when left in the sun on an 80-degree day for 12 hours? You would freak out, right? This is exactly what happened to a woman in Cincinnati who bought her son a seemingly normal Walmart ice cream sandwich that refused to melt. Local news stations caught wind of this story and conducted their own experiments. They discovered the same thing: Walmart’s Great Value ice cream sandwiches are nearly impervious to the blazing summer sun.
So, why won’t the ice cream melt? In a statement to Newsday, Walmart’s spokesperson explained that the slow-melt feature is due to their ice cream sandwiches’ high-cream content, a theory disputed by Sean O’Keefe, a professor and food chemist at Virginia Tech. According to O’Keefe, ice cream with a higher cream content would in fact melt faster. “More water means the ice cream will have to absorb more energy before it can melt,” he told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, adding that low- or non-fat ice cream would take longer to melt in most scenarios.
The mystery of Walmart’s no-melt ice cream sandwich is reminiscent of the legendary McDonald’s cheeseburger that did not change in appearance after a decade. Wellness educator and nutrition consultant Karen Hanrahan has stored a McDonald’s hamburger since 1996 and a photo she took of it in 2010, showed it to look as fresh then as it did the day she purchased it. The myriad of chemical ingredients in it are no doubt responsible for its astounding durability.
Most processed foods are heavily laden with harmful preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings, texturants, and other toxic elements, which should never even be part of food. For instance, McDonald’s bun contains plaster of Paris, also known as calcium sulfate, along with ammonium sulfate and ammonium chloride, which may cause gastrointestinal irritation with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
NO to Processed, and YES to Wholesome Food
If you think that you save money and time when you feed your family cheap, processed, and prepackaged foods, think again. Imagine all the essential nutrients you’re missing out on and all the disease-causing chemicals you’re loading into your body, which sooner or later may be the primary cause for hospital bills and medication expenses.
Natural health advocate Dr. Mercola believes that committing to a clean and healthy lifestyle of eating wholesome unprocessed foods is the ultimate road to achieve the optimum health. In addition, preparing your own homemade meals is arguably the most economical and practical way to eat.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, raw organic milk, raw nuts and seeds, sprouts, eggs from pastured hens, avocados, berries, and fermented foods, which you can make at home, are just some nutritious and affordable foods.
Here are more helpful tips from Dr. Mercola:
- Create a meal plan. Plan your meals for the week. Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients for each dish within reach. By planning ahead, you’ll be able to estimate and budget how much time, money, and effort you need to spend in the kitchen for each meal.
- Be resourceful. Follow your grandmother’s old-school “nose to tail” cooking style. Use the bones of last Sunday’s roast chicken to make stock for a pot of hot soup enough for the rest of the week, or learn how to make delicious stews from leftover meats.
- Avoid wasting food. Familiarize yourself with the shelf life of fruits, vegetables, and refrigerated dishes. Don’t buy too much fresh produce if no one will be available to cook for a particular week, or better yet, learn a thing or two about proper food storage to extend their shelf life.
- Frequent farmers’ markets. It’s amazing how by going directly to the source you can get amazingly healthy, locally grown, organic food for less than you can find at your favorite supermarket. This gives you the best of both worlds: food that is grown locally, cutting down on its carbon footprint and providing you optimally fresh ingredients, grown without chemicals, genetically modified seeds, and other potential toxins.
Following this new approach may present a few challenges, but the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing that your family is well nourished and well-protected every single day is absolutely worth it.