Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Could Your Favorite Ice Cream Be Killing You ?

Could Your Ice Cream Be Killing You

Did you realize that many ice cream brands in America contain an ingredient that is already banned in many countries around the world including Canada, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand. 

Ice cream is a perennial favorite among people of all ages all over the world. But in America several well known brands are using milk ingredients contaminated with a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone known as RBGH. These brands continue to use milk from cows injected with rBGH, engineered by Monsanto. This hormone is marketed to dairy farmers to increase milk production in cows by artificially altering the cows hormone levels. 

The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) approved the use of rBGH back in 1993 and continues to allow its use despite being banned in all the countries mentioned above. 

However the use of this artificial growth hormone also leads to more udder infections (mastitis) in cows. To avoid spoiled milk or diseased herds, the cows are therfore pumped full of antibiotics to clear the infections, which in turn can weaken their immune systems. This results in the excessive use of antibiotics in the herds, triggering the creation of antibiotic-resistant super-bugs and leaving residues of antibiotics in your dairy foods as well as traces of the rBGH (i).

Milk from cows treated with rBGH also contains higher levels of an insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), a hormone which has been linked to breast, prostate and colon cancers in humans. Studies have indicated that pre-menopausal women exposed to regular sources of IGF-1 are up to seven times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with less IGF-1 exposure (ii).

Worryingly rBGH affected milk in found in most supermarkets in America today, and is therefore also in ice cream, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, and many any other dairy products. The government, unsurprisingly, has bowed to industry lobbyists and, amazingly, does not require this fact to appear on the label. Instead we have to rely on the fact that as increasing number of dairies choose to actively avoid rBGH, you can see “rBGH-free” labeling becoming popular. Of course organic milk is rBGH and antibiotic free.

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