Nestle Zero Fat and No Added Sugar Mango Ice Cream

Craving for ice cream but dying to loose fat? Oil is one of ice cream ingredients so gaining fat from eating such is likely. The non-fat or the zero fat alternative might be right for you, like this one!

nestle zero fat ice cream

How true? The nutrition facts clearly states that it really contains no fat. As added bonus, it has no added sugar either. The 14 grams of carbohydrates might came from the flavor itself (mango and milk). Ignore the value and eat the ice cream. Do not expect the manufacturer to remove those carbs – it cost a lot.

ice cream nutrition facts

Carbohydrates are source of energy. Avoiding too much is bad. Doing daily routine might be hard if you do.

Instead of using table sugar or aspartame, the product has inulin and sucralose as sweetener. Inulin. Can be 10% as sweet as sugar. Helps increase calcium and magnesium absorption. Can replace sugar, fat or flour. Contains 25-35% less energy than carbohydrates. Sucralose. It is 600 times as sweet as sugar. Could be a healthier alternative cause health issues regarding this sweetener is rare. Popular brand is Splenda.

Time to eat.

scooping ice cream

This ice cream is awesome. I feel like eating real mangoes.

Like other foods, some ingredients are declared in their generic names. Is it hard to list the specific names of the following? 1) bulking agents, 2) stabilizer, 3) emulsifier, 4) food colors, 6) food acids, and 7) nature identical flavors.

ice cream ingredient list

The product is exclusively available at Mercury Drug for 153 pesos per 450 ml cup.

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Sugar is Not a Necessity!

a pack of white sugar

Human are born with a sweet tooth, we love all sort of sweet stuffs. We love eating ripe mangoes, apples, watermelons, ponkan, lychee, rambutan and jackfruit. Sugar production technologies was invented due to human love for sweet.

The first sugar are the traditional muscovado sugar and the brown sugar. Purification technologies make the sugar white and pleasant looking, the famous white or refined sugar.

Then we started making a lot of sweet products. Many food commodities taste better when sugar is added. Cassava is processed to sweet cassava cake. Eggs to leche flan. Fruits to candies, ice cream, sweet preserves, jams, jellies, marmalades and dried sweet products. Most of us only drink sweet milk, sweet coffee, sweet tea and sweet juice.

Sugar can be compared to addicting drugs. We feel that we cannot live without it. Due to this, we patronize sugar and continue to patronize it even if the price is skyrocketing. We continue to consume excessive amount of sugar even if we know it side effects, especially to diabetic individuals.

a pack of white sugar

People will continue to buy rice even if its price reaches 500 pesos per kilogram. Rice is a necessity, we will continue to eat it no matter what the cost. On the other hand, what if sugar cost reaches 500 per kilogram. Anyone will think thrice before buying a kilo.

Unsweetened milk, coffee and tea may not be good to drink but it just a matter of adaptation. Try to drink black coffee everyday, you will notice that it becomes delectable day after day. Sugar is not a necessity, we can live a healthier life without it.

Are you Getting The Real Brown Sugar?

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Many health conscious individuals are starting to use the brown sugar because it is claimed to be healthier and safer than its refined  counterpart.

After harvesting of sugar cane, raw or brown sugar is made as follows:

Extraction.The cane is crushed in a series of large roller mills: similar to a mangle [wringer]. Evaporation. The juice is cleaned with slaked lime which settles out a lot of the dirt so that it can be sent back to the fields. Once this is done, the juice is thickened up into a syrup by boiling off the water using steam in a process called evaporation. Boiling.The syrup is placed into a very large pan for boiling, the last stage. In the pan even more water is boiled off until conditions are right for sugar crystals to grow. In the factory the workers usually have to throw in some sugar dust to initiate crystal formation. Once the crystals have grown the resulting mixture of crystals and mother liquor is spun in centrifuges to separate the two, rather like washing is spin dried. The crystals are then given a final dry with hot air before being stored.

The resulting sugar in the above mentioned procedures can be sold as  brown sugar or can be further processed to partially refined sugar (segunda) or fully refined sugar (white sugar).

Sometimes manufacturers add back the molasses (by product of sugar production) to white sugar to produce brown sugar.

Now, the question is – Are you getting the real brown sugar? Maybe its better to use the more expensive muscovado.

real-brown-sugar

How to Make Muscovado Sugar (Mascabado)

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A procedure described in making of coconut sugar and kaong sugar can also be applied in processing of  mascabado.  This sugar is healthier than white sugar, see details.

cafe-amadeo-muscovado-sugar

Procedure:

1. Get freshly extracted sugar cane juice .

2. Boil the juice to evaporate the water under moderate heat with occasional stirring until the sap thickens at 115 degree centigrade.
3. Turn off the heat when it become very sticky.
4. continue stirring until the sugar become granular.
5. Air dry the sugar and pack.

Acesulfame-K Sweetener – Good or Bad?

acesulfame-k

I have the habit of reading the ingredient list of every food items that comes into my hand. This acesulfame-k caught my curious mind.

acesulfame-k

Defenition
Acesulfame potassium, acesulfame K or Ace K is a calorie-free artificial sweetener. Marketed under the trade names Sunett and Sweet One. Also Known under the E number E950

Properties
1. It is 180-200 times sweeter than sucrose, as sweet as aspartame, about half as sweet as saccharin, and one-quarter as sweet as sucralose.
2. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, especially at high concentrations.
3. Often blended with sucralose or aspartame to give a more sugar-like taste whereby each sweetener masks the other’s aftertaste or exhibits a synergistic effect by which the blend is sweeter than its
components. This mixing is usually done in carbonated drinks.
4. Acesulfame K is stable under heat, even under moderately acidic or basic conditions, allowing it to be used in baking, or in products that require a long shelf life.
5. It is also used as a sweetener in pharmaceutical products, especially with chewable and liquid medications. It can make the active ingredients more palatable.

Applications
chewing gum
instant coffee and tea
gelatin
desserts
puddings and nondairy creamers
carbonated drinks
baked goods

Benefits
1. Has zero calories. It will not add up to your daily calorie intake
2. Does not promote tooth decay

Possible Hazards
The additive causes cancer in animals, which means it may increase cancer risk in humans. Acesulfame K does contain the carcinogen methylene chloride. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects and visual disturbances.

Sting Energy Drink – Is it Effective?

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I was really fascinated by these Sting Energy Drink commercials. A low battery car and broken conveyor belt was fixed instantly by a man after drinking the energy drink.


How to energize low battery car.


How to run the conveyor belt

Before, energy drink cost 35 pesos and up. Now, I can have energy drink for only ten pesos. The price is so affordable but how about the effect. Is it effective?

sting-energy-drink

During a busy night. I was able to stay awake until 4 am. You gonna regret it if you drink it just before going to bed. My head gets achy by drinking Sting and doing nothing.

My friend work in a graveyard shift. But he can still play billiards and mahjong from morning till the next shift by drinking Sting. He eats his regular meals of course.

My uncle is an automotive mechanic. He frequently feels sleepy during work. Sting keeps him awake.

I don’t wanna talk about its taste. Its too sweet and I hate it.

A piece of advice, pushing your body beyond limits is not a good habit.