Doctor's Note

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?). Also, there are over a thousand subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Michael Gmirkin

    Wish you’d do a piece on the various gums (locust bean, guar, arabic, tara, gellan) used as food stabilizers. Vis a vis the “Wal-Mart Ice Cream won’t melt!” fiasco… As certain alterna-medicine sites Like Mercola & NaturalNews seem to
    keep banging the drums about “ooh, gums are totally dangerous!”
    Personally, I’m more concerned by the levels of sugar & saturated
    fat in the ice cream bars than the food stabilizers used to make them not run all over your hand in 2 minutes… (Not like these bars haven’t been in every gas station and convenience store freezer in nearly the same formulation since the beginning of time, with none the worse for wear.)

    http://www.theskepticsguide.org/just-chill-it-doesnt-matter-that-your-ice-cream-sandwich-wont-melt

    Have generally found that most gums are considered harmless:

    http://chriskresser.com/harmful-or-harmless-guar-gum-locust-bean-gum-and-more

    Just hoped maybe you could to some degree settle the matter with actual science…

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi Michael. Ask and you shall receive! (I just wish I could work quicker…) See if these help: http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/gum-arabic/

      I know we have some info on carrageenan, too: http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/carrageenan/

      The main point with these are not that they are healthful, but if there is a small amount in healthful products (soymllk or other fortified foods come to mind) no reason to avoid those foods completely. Check out the video I may have the message wrong. As for the others you mentioned I’ll look into posting more about stabilizers, but I agree with you “concerned by the levels of sugar & saturated fat in the ice cream bars”

      Thanks,
      Joseph

      • Michael Gmirkin

        Thankee muchly!

        Look forward to it. ^_^