Bye Bye Ben & Jerry’s

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I really like Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz ice cream.  I wouldn’t mind eating a quart every night.

Recently, Shana, Ashlynne and I were snacking on our favorite ice cream while planning our next trip to the grocery store when Ashlynne asked if she could get some coffee creamer.  Shana likes to avoid toxic processed foods when possible so she encouraged Ashlynne to check the food score on the Environmental Working Group’s website.

Much to her dismay, Ashlynne’s coffee creamer rated a 10. She begged Shana to “let her be a kid” which prompted Shana to tell her how she was protecting her from cancer, infertility etc. That’s when Ashlynne turned the tables and asked us how our ice cream rates. GULP!

Shana was confident her Talenti ice cream would have a good rating.  I figured mine wouldn’t have a good rating, but I was pleased to learn Shana’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip had a bad rating too!  HA!  At least she must give up her favorite ice cream too! In fact, most ice creams on the list had poor ratings. So we are going to be making our own soon.

Products are rated based on three elements:
  1. Nutrition – nutrition is scored based upon calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content.
  2. Ingredients the ingredients score is based upon the likely presence of key contaminants such as pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.
  3. Processing – scoring factors include modification of individual ingredients from whole foods, number of artificial ingredients and other factors.

Although a huge factor is the nutrition score, which is to be expected with ice cream, the ingredient and processing scores weren’t that great either.

I could continue to eat the ice cream if I was parenting from the “do as I say not as do” philosophy, but that’s not how I operate. Although I’m sad to say a tearful good-bye to my ice cream, I know it’s a good decision for my health and that of my family.

Have you looked up the score of any of your favorite foods?  Let us know the results in the comments below!

Casey Bresnahan
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