July 1st Begins National Ice Cream Month

Posted by: “cohensmilk1” cohensmilk1@yahoo.com   cohensmilk1
Thu Jul 1, 2010 1:29 am (PDT)
July 1st Begins National Ice Cream Month

“Indigestion is charged by God with enforcing
morality on the stomach.”
– Victor Hugo

Bad news for ice cream fans. Early in 2010,
researchers (Zhou G, Zheng D, et. al.)
identified viable samples of Bacillus cereus
in 40 ice cream samples. Their work was published
by the International Journal of Food Microbiology
(Int J Food Microbiol. 2010 Feb 28;137(2-3): 143-6).

One to six hours after eating bacillus cereus,
infected ice cream lovers experience nausea,
vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

I can think of no unhealthier substance eaten by
so many people than ice cream. Picture the Japanese
cuisine, and sushi immediately comes to mind.
Imagine a representative Korean food and you think
of kim chee (spicy/pickled cabbage). Italy is pasta
or pizza, although after their recent loss to Slovakia
in the World cup, their national dish might be crow.
France is snails (yeech). Germany is beer. The United
States of Atherosclerosis? Ice cream.

From an International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)
press release:

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“In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as
National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the
month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice
cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed
by a full 90% of the nation’s population. President
Reagan called for all people of the United States to
observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and

The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21
billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands
of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S.
dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing
significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s
dairy industry.”

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Two Question for the dairy industry based upon
their ice cream press release:

1) What did President Reagan mean when he called ice
cream “nutritious? ”

2) Since 1 slice of Armour bacon contains 3 milligrams
of cholesterol, and since there are 392 milligrams
of cholesterol in one pint of rich vanilla ice cream,
wouldn’t I be getting the same cholesterol contained
in 131 slices of bacon if I consumed that pint?

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I challenge you to replace cuisine’s worst possible
food with some of the best alternatives.

If you visited my home and opened the refrigerator,
you would find it filled with containers of freshly
cut fruit.

At this moment there are quart containers filled with
strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pineapple and
cantaloupe. Let’s compare one-pint portions of some
of those fruits each to one pint of rich vanilla
ice cream.

(Fat, sugar, and fiber are expressed in grams.
Cholesterol levels are in milligrams. All data
is derived from USDA’s Nutrient Database.)


Ice Cream…..1064- –69.32– -88.40— 0.0—-392
Strawberries. .0092—00. 86—14.08- –5.8—- 000
Blueberries. ..0168— 00.98—29. 48—7.2- —000
Cantaloupe.. ..0106— 00.60—24. 52—2.8- —000

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk. com