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Ice Cream a Health Food ?

Updated on April 3, 2011

The way I make it ....

....it can certainly be called a health food. And all I do is just replace the 'bad for you things' like the sugar & trans fatty oils, with the more natural ingredients. This is very easily done if you make your own ice cream, then you know exactly whats in it. And since I use the old fashioned ice cream maker pictured here, I get an added healthful bonus. I get a work-out for my arms, shoulders and hands as I make it.

Oh, I can see you turn up your nose now, thinking that if you take away these things that the ice cream will taste 'yucky' like health food does. You couldn't be more wrong. I replace one of the worse ingredient, sugar, with honey or the natural sweetener called Xylo Sweet that I buy at the health food store. But sometimes I don't use any sweeteners at all and just use the natural sweeteners in the fruit I incorporate, and I use a group of fruit. It ends up being mostly fruit with a little ice cream on the side.

But the main ingredient I use that no other ice cream company would dare use, and this really keeps it on the 'health food shelf' is raw milk. And I swear, if you have never had ice cream made with raw milk, you have never had ice cream. The unadulterated milk or cream (unpasteurized) not only makes the ice cream taste absolutely great, or rather awesome, but it will take less time to produce your batch. I have no idea why. Maybe the natural enzymes in the raw milk, destroyed by pasteurization, speeds up the process naturally. You can not make any byproducts from milk if it is pasteurized. All those things, cream butter etc., has to be done before that process. So that might be a clue or part of the answer as to why I can make ice cream in about half the time it would normally take.

And I've gottin a little crazy in my ice cream making. One kind I make I call my 'protein ice cream' is made with avocados. But I haven't made it very often, it's an acquired taste, and is something I did when I lived alone.

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Thanks, tsmog, for passen it by. Glad I was able to turn you on to the idea. But don't tell too many people; Gov. will get wind and it will be illegal to make your own Ice Cream.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hmmmmmmmmmm I think I am going to put an ice cream maker on my shopping list , , ,very creative ideas with ingredients , , ,never thought of it being a healthy choice , , ,I am going to research a diabetic ice cream for me , , ,,

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      You're welcome. And, more people have gotten sick from pasteurized milk. And, milk has to be raw before you can make anything out of it. And, raw milk doesn't go bad, it gets sour, unlike pasteurized milk. Check out my hub 'Got Milkijuana? for more details.

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      Lee Raynor 6 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey John, I have my doubts about un-pasteurized milk in this country, I'm not ready to trust. Make my own is still a great idea, I'll give it a try

      Thanx for the idea and the info!

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Very welcome, TCM, hurry before the Gov gets any ideas.

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      TCM Specialist 6 years ago from Glassboro, New Jersey

      I'm always looking for a healthy alternative, great info. provided, I'll give it a try. Thank you

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Isn't it the best ice cream you ever had, and will have? Thanks for the visit.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      I am eating often ice cream with raw milk in my parents village...

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      I need to get back to Scotland, tell you what, I'll bring some over to you. Keep the light on. You know what Mark Twain said - “Ninety-eight percent of what I worried about never happened.”

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      Lesley Rodgers 6 years ago from Glasgow, Uk

      Hmm, I'm not sure about this John - much as I'd like to try it I'm still a little wary of unpasteurised...