Nothing is free in the profit driven world. But if you are not educated in what food is, you lose twice: when you pay your own money for a marketing trick and when you allow the pesky food additives to eat away your health. Corporations don’t hesitate to exploit your ignorance to pack their deep pockets with profit. It’s good to remember: often when you choose sugar free products you swop sugar for one or two synthetic sweeteners and a bunch of other chemicals which cannot be good for your health. All natural products with stevia as a sugar substitute are one of a few rare exceptions.
I tirelessly keep warning the public that “diet” and “zero” drinks are nothing else but chemically polluted water. Now here is a container of sugar free Popsicle: the chemically polluted ice. As you see below, the DyeDiet risk diagram is way too red.
DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!
These Popsicles eat away your health by exposing you to the unacceptably high chemical risk of DDFI = 50/12 ~ 4.2 and by giving you the nutritional value which is next to nothing, DDNF = 12/57~ 0.2. Although the amounts of detected artificial colorants may look low, the problem is that Popsicle is not the only source you get them into your blood (read PDF file Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks).
- Red 40, an azo dye
- Yellow 6 another azo dye
- Blue 1, an aniline dye
- Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, a dipeptide of phenylalanine and aspartic acid with a highly controversial history. Recent extensive studies demonstrated that, unfortunately, aspartame produces multi-potential carcinogenic effects in rats even when administered in as low a dosage as 20 mg/Kg, that is 2.5 times lower than the 50 mg Acceptable Daily Intake in the USA! Also, significant dose-related increases of malignant tumors in rats were found. Please watch a video: Aspartame. Here is a special report on Aspartame.
- Acesulfame potassium is another synthetic sweetener. Despite poor-quality toxicity tests, acesulfame potassium was approved by FDA. Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends to avoid acesulfame potassium. So by consuming this and other sugar replacements you pay for long-term toxicity tests on yourself.
Natural and artificial flavors, perhaps, are limonene to mimic orange, benzaldehyde to fake cherry and methylanthranilate to fake grape for you. Enjoy! But I wouldn’t recommend. Why anyone in the world would allow all these chemicals into his or her bloodstream just to get less or no sugar? Isn’t this crazy? The solution is simple:
We all overeat. We need to eat less and we need to eat even less sugar!
I have learned these lessons from my experience of periodic fasting on water only for 8 to 10 days.
Better alternatives. The good news is that Natural Colors and Flavors version of Popsicle made from juice concentrates is sitting right next to the sugar free Popsicle for the same $3.48.
I would certainly recommend the natural one over the “sugar free” frozen pollution. Also, here are easy homemade Fruit Popsicle and another Frozen Fruit Pops recipe. Make your informed healthy choice! And yes, eat less Popsicles too.