In a news report this year, it was reported that a woman in Cincinnati noticed that her son’s brand ice cream sandwich didn’t melt when he accidentally left it outside for 12 hours, in 80-degree F weather! The ice cream was bought in Walmart.
The woman was extremely surprised by this ice cream so she decided to try the “experiment” again and ended with the same result. Other brands melted completely, but the Walmart ice cream remained eerily intact. She then called a local news station and they conducted their own test that you can see for yourself in the video.
After an hour and 15 minutes outside in sunny, 80-degree F weather, Walmart’s ice cream sandwich is still remarkably solid! Next to it is a scoop of another brand’s vanilla ice cream which turned into the soup after only 30 minutes!
Why Won’t Walmart’s Ice Cream Sandwiches Melt?
It was told by a spokesperson for Walmart that their ice-cream sandwiches’ high cream content is responsible for the slower melting time. The spokesperson said that ice cream with more cream, such as Walmart’s Great Value ice cream sandwiches, will generally melt at a slower rate.
In comparison to other brands, it’s unclear exactly how much cream these sandwiches contain, but it is suspected that the spokesperson made no mention of the long list of “gums” and additives, like corn syrup, that might as well contribute to its odd inability to melt.
These food stabilizers are designed to help food keep its shape.
Here’s an ingredients list for Walmart’s “Great Value Vanilla Flavored Ice Cream Sandwiches”:
- Ice Cream (Milk, Cream, Buttermilk, Sugar, Whey, Corn Syrup, Contains 1% Or Less of Mono-and Diglycerides, Vanilla Extract, Guar Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Carob Bean Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavor, Annatto For Color
- Wafers (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Cocoa, Dextrose, Caramel Color, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt Soy Lecithin, Baking Soda, Artificial Flavor).
It’s also strange that Sean O’Keefe, a professor and food chemist at Virginia Tech, said quite the opposite thing of what happens if ice cream contains more cream. He said that ice cream with more cream will actually melt faster, which contradicts Walmart’s spokesperson. This means ice cream that’s low- or no-fat would take longer to melt, as it was reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“More water means the ice cream will have to absorb more energy before it can melt. Also, low-fat ice creams tend to have more air whipped into them, which allows them to keep their shape longer.”
Many Processed Foods Seem to Last ‘Forever’
A rather unsettling and unnatural fact about an ice cream sandwich that doesn’t melt on a hot summer day is equally unsettling as a hamburger that doesn’t go bad when it’s left on the counter for over a decade!
Karen Hanrahan, a wellness educator, and nutrition consultant have kept a McDonald’s hamburger since 1996, pictured on the left below. When this photo was taken in 2010, the more than 10-year-old burger still looks the same as the fresh one on the right next to it!
The embalmed-like feature of the meat patty can be explained by the fact that it certainly contains excessive amounts of sodium (salt), which is a natural preservative that has been used throughout history. The patty is thin and it will also lose moisture quickly. That means it may dry out rather than grow mold or bacteria.
And what’s the case with the bun? What kind of bread can lie out for years on end without developing so much as a trace of mold? It’s probably a “bread-like” concoction that bears no real resemblance to natural bread. A McDonald’s hamburger bun contains:
- Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Dough Conditioners
- (May Contain One or More of Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Calcium Propionate and/or Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin.
We all know that real bread should only have several ingredients like yeast, flour, eggs, butter, and milk or water. McDonald’s bread, which contains plaster of Paris, aka calcium sulfate, along with ammonium sulfate and ammonium chloride, may cause gastrointestinal irritation with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and even some more!
So that Walmart’s “ice cream” can be labeled as ice cream, it must contain at least 10% milkfat. It can also contain any number of additives that many would argue are not actual “food.” Real ice cream also contains several ingredients only: milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla bean and it bears only a little resemblance to Walmart’s ice cream concoction. You all know that if you want to taste the best ice cream you’ve ever had and it’s definitely going to be the healthiest one, prepare your own at home and use raw milk. It will definitely melt if you leave it on direct sunlight after a while!
Why Eating Heavily Processed Foods Will Probably Lead to Premature Death
If you value your health, Walmart is the prime example where not to shop for food. It certainly is possible to find some healthy foods at Walmart, but the vast majority of their food is heavily processed. That is probably why Walmart grocery stores are linked to obesity. An additional Walmart Supercenter per 100,000 residents increases average BMI by 0.24 units and the obesity rate by 2.3% points.
Ever since Walmart decided to significantly increase their organic offerings, they have been bombarded with accusations of selling substandard organic food, produced at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or imported from China, not grown on small, US organic farms like consumers are led to believe.
They’ve also been accused of posting signs in their stores that mislead consumers to believe that non-organic items are actually organic. It’s worse than Walmart’s biggest sellers are heavily processed junk foods. The unmeltable ice cream sandwiches are one of the most popular items in the dairy case, according to the company’s spokesperson. Processed foods may contain dozens of artificial chemicals that are in no way real “food.” These definitely include:
- Artificial colors
- Artificial flavors (the term artificial flavor on a label may include 10 or more chemicals)
- Texturants (chemicals that add texture to food)
It’s true that food manufacturers typically claim that artificial food additives are safe, but research says otherwise. Preservatives are known to have been linked to health problems such as cancer, allergic reactions, and more. Processed foods often have the real nutrition processed right out, then sometimes added back in in the form of synthetic vitamins and minerals. These synthetics do not fool your body, however, and will not provide the whole, synergistic nutrition that eating whole food will. Most processed foods are primarily composed of refined carbohydrates, which quickly break down to sugar in your body.
This signifies that there are an increase in your insulin and leptin levels, and contributes to insulin resistance, and that is the primary underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain. Processing then modifies or removes important components of food, like fiber, water, and nutrients, changing the way they are digested and assimilated in your body. Whole foods contain a mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, and water to help you feel satisfied, processed foods stimulate dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, making you feel good even though the food lacks nutrients and fiber. This artificial dopamine stimulation can lead to excessive food cravings and food addiction that further leads to obesity.