A Scoop of MSG with a Cherry on Top

As I write this entry, on a beautiful, early Spring day, faintly, in the distance through my slightly opened window, I can hear the familiar, melodic theme song of the Mister Softee truck, calling everyone within earshot to come outside for an ice cream treat.

It’s easy for me to resist the Mister Softee call to action. But it’s never been easy for me to resist the ice cream section of the supermarket — that was until I discovered that many of the most popular brands of ice cream contain MSG.

One of the WORST offenders is Good Humor. Their popular ice cream bars and sandwiches ALL contain MSG.

Next is Breyer’s. Every single variety contains MSG, with the exception of their new Indulgence Gelato brand. Breyer’s used to market their ice creams as all natural. They’ve since abandoned that position and rightfully so.

The safe brands of Ice cream:
Ben & Jerry’s
Haagen Dazs
Turkey Hill
Baskin Robbins

You should avoid Soy ice cream, Tofu ice cream, and any diet ice creams that use Aspartame, and stay far away from Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, which includes caramel coloring, Whey protein AND artificial sweeteners. Remember, if these ingredients are present, MSG is present. Whey protein, just like Soy protein can trigger MSG allergic reactions.

Also avoid, avoid, avoid Rice Dream ice cream. The ingredient list is a Who’s Who of ingredients known to cause an MSG allergy, including: Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Brown Rice Syrup, and Soy Lecithin.

Avoid ALL brands of frozen yogurt (except Ben & Jerry’s)whether in the supermarket freezer or at the local ice cream parlor.

And speaking of the local ice cream parlor, Baskin Robbins made it onto my safe list, but Carvel ice cream did not because of the inclusion of Guar Gum, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Bleached Wheat Flour and Corn Syrup on its list of ingredients. All of these ingredients are known to trigger MSG reactions.

Avoiding ice cream altogether would be a lot easier since people with MSG allergies are encouraged to avoid dairy products.

But what kind of fun would that be?

If you avoid the brands known to cause MSG allergy symptoms, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a scoop of ice cream…or two.

In the next post I’ll tell you about how some of the biggest restaurant chains in the country hide their use of MSG, and which chains to avoid altogether.