The TRUTH About Skinny Cow Ice Cream… Don’t Eat This

Over the weekend while out with a buddy, we stopped in a local convenience store in an attempt to find a healthy snack (tall order, I know).  While I made my way over to where the pistachios and other nuts were, he reached inside the frozen food case and pulled out a Skinny Cow vanilla ice cream sandwich made by Nestle®.

Skinny Cow

“Hey this is healthy,” he said. “It’s only got 140 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber. It says it right here on the label.”

However, upon further review of the back of the label (there was a convenient fold covering up all of the unflattering nutrition information) this small ice cream sandwich is STUFFED with chemicals I call “obesity additives.”

Here are the whopping 33 ingredients and my comments after some of them:

  1. Skim milk
  2. Bleached wheat flour (acts like sugar in the body)
  3. Sugar (the main cause of belly fat)
  4. Caramel color (the same junk they color soft drinks with)
  5. Dextrose (sugar)
  6. Palm oil
  7. Corn flour (most likely from genetically modified [GMO] corn)
  8. High fructose corn syrup (causes extreme cravings; most likely GMO)
  9. Corn syrup (ditto)
  10. Baking soda
  11. Modified corn starch (most likely GMO)
  12. Mono and diglycerides
  13. Soy lecithin
  14. Cocoa
  15. Sugar (again)
  16. Corn syrup (again)
  17. Polydextrose (sugar)
  18. Whey protein
  19. Cream
  20. Calcium carbonate
  21. Inulin
  22. Natural flavor (this is a joke considering all the unnatural flavors)
  23. Propylene glycol monostearate (ugh… more on this below)
  24. Microcrystalline cellulose
  25. Sodium carboxymethylcellulose (that’s a mouthful)
  26. Guar gum
  27. Monoglycerides
  28. Sorbitol (a sugar alcohol)
  29. Carob bean gum
  30. Citric acid
  31. Vitamin A palmitate
  32. Carrageenan (a seaweed extract)
  33. Salt

So as you can see, this may be a low-fat ice cream sandwich, but don’t think for a second that this “Skinny Cow” is a healthy food choice that’s going to help you or your family lose flab. This is a nutrient dead “Frankenfood.” By this I mean that it’s not even a real food, it’s just a chemically-altered food-like substance.

They should call it “dead meat” instead of “skinny cow.”  Really, really, bad.

And it gets worse: Propylene Glycol Monostearate (ingredient #23) is found…

  • As a working fluid in hydraulic presses
  • As a coolant in liquid cooling systems
  • To regulate humidity in a cigar humidor
  • As the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles
  • As an additive to pipe tobacco to prevent dehydration
  • To treat livestock ketosis
  • As the main ingredient in deodorant sticks
  • As a solvent used in mixing photographic chemicals, such as film developers
  • As an ingredient in the production of paintballs

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State says this about propylene glycol monostearate: “Slightly more toxic than propylene glycol in animals, and in large doses produces central nervous system depression and kidney injury.”


So while my friend wolfed down this artificial piece of toxic waste, I stuck with all natural pistachios.

All that said, if you REALLY want to know how to lose fat quickly, I’ve put together a step-by-step fat burning meal plan for you at this link:

==> Exactly what to eat for rapid fatloss (meal by meal)


18 comments - Add Yours

  1. Ha….I was just eating one of those things and in this thought crossed my mind..”I wonder what they put in this”…so I looked it up, safe to say that I’ll be throwing the rest of them in the garbage!

  2. Hi, what about soy lecithin which is found in many products including BioTrust Low Carb. I have read some disturbing articles about it. So is it save or does it depend on the source?

    • Hi Sacha,

      Thanks so much for reaching out to us, and offering us the opportunity to help you.

      As far as soy is concerned, it sounds like you’ve heard right. As far as BioTrust Low Carb is concerned, you have been misled or misinformed. Let’s touch on the former first, and then the latter, alleviating all of your concerns.

      Soy protein, which is still heavily marketed as a health food, has in recent times been exposed as potentially dangerous. Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, is an expert on the hidden dangers of soy. In her book, she references myriad studies demonstrating that soy consumption is associated with thyroid problems, growth retardation, amino acid deficiencies, malabsorption of important body minerals, endocrine system malfunctions, and carcinogenic effects. Rather than delve into each of these in extreme detail, I’ll refer you to this article where Tim Skwiat has expounded on some of the problems associated with soy protein, a little history lesson, and tips to avoid it.

      Now, when you look at the Nutrition Facts and Ingredients on the container of BioTrust Low Carb, you’ll see that it is an equal blend (25% each) of the following cold-processed proteins:

      *Whey Protein Isolate
      *Whey Protein Concentrate
      *Milk Protein Concentrate
      *Micellar Casein

      Not a drop of soy protein in BioTrust Low Carb. We do include a very small amount of lecithin in BioTrust Low Carb. Lecithin is used as an emulsifier, which helps give BioTrust Low Carb its easy dispersion and mixing properties. If you’ve tried BioTrust Low Carb, then you know it mixes incredibly well�velvety smooth with nary a clump. Lecithin helps with this.

      The lecithin in BioTrust Low Carb is derived from soy; thus, the allergy statement regarding soy. However, not only is this included in miniscule quantities, the lecithin is derived from the fatty acid component of non-GMO soybeans. As a result, it is completely free of soy protein, phytoestrogens, xenoestrogens, or any estrogen compounds whatsoever, which are the components that have been associated with the negative side effects of soy consumption. The amount of lecithin is so small, as a matter of fact, that even folks with soy allergies do not typically have any issues whatsoever.

      I hope this helps, Sacha.


      Brian Murray
      Nutrition and Exercise Coach

    • Why not use sun flower lecithin?

      • Hi Sacha,

        It’s soy protein, the xenoestrogens, isoflavones, etc., to which most folks take exception and/or to which people are typically allergic. As Coach Brian pointed out, Low Carb is completely void of all of these, as the lecithin is derived from the fatty acid component of the soybean.

        Another area of concern when it comes to soy is that the vast majority of the soy crops in the US are GMO. I believe the estimates are around 80 – 90% at this time. The lecithin in Low Carb is derived from non-GMO soybeans.

        Of course, we also have to consider taste, texture, and other sensory qualities in food products like Low Carb.

        I hope this helps, Sacha.


        Tim Skwiat
        Senior Nutrition and Exercise Coach

  3. I am of the mindset that it is better to eat a reasonable portion of the real thing without added chemicals (artificial sweeteners). There are many studies that show these chemicals actually cause you to crave more sweets/fats. If you stick to real food ingredients and eat in moderation you will be way ahead of the game. Thanks for an informative article. Being informed isn’t enough, you need make informed choices. I look at labels… if it isn’t whole food ingredients, I pass.

    • Hi Colleen,

      Thanks so much for posting and for sharing your thoughts. You are absolutely right about whole foods versus processed foods. Here’s one interesting study that compared the two:

      In this study, a group of researchers from the Ponoma College Department of Biology set out to see if there was a difference in the thermogenic response to eating whole foods versus processed foods.

      These researchers found that both the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) — the primary contributor to your metabolism — and the TEF of eating whole foods is significantly higher than eating the same number of calories from processed foods. The TEF of the whole food meal was nearly double that of the processed food meal, which was comparable to the processed food meal in overall energy, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

      Participants burned 50% more calories after eating the whole food meal. What’s more, the participants that consumed the processed foods experienced a drop in their metabolic rate below their RMR in the hours after the meal, while the whole food group never fell below their RMR. The whole food group also experienced an elevation in metabolism an hour longer after the meal than the processed food group.

      Pretty impressive data! Keep eating real foods. :)


      Tim Skwiat
      Senior Nutrition and Exercise Coach

  4. First, it would be nice if you included dates of postings on this page so I know if I am replying to a conversation that took place years ago or recently.

    Second, I think the lure of Skinny Cow treats, and I did just discover them and have only tried the “divine filled chocolates” with caramel, is that some of us who are trying to lose weight grapple with an issue of craving some kind of sweet treat, particularly chocolate, after a meal or as a snack. It is hard to fit this craving into a weight loss program unless you happen upon something that is reasonably low in calories but yet still tasty. This candy I tried from Skinny Cow fills the bill nicely.

    I am sure it is just packed with people killing chemicals, and some might enjoy referring to the products as “dead cow” or something equally hysterical. I, however, have decided to just simply enjoy the product for what it is and include it in a comprehensive weight loss program I am practicing which includes a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and lean protein such as fish or chicken. With a little treat after!

    I am having a tough time imagining the intelligent adult who might view this product as some sort of weight loss aid rather than a way to satisfy cravings with a minimum of sabotage to whatever weight loss program you are on.

    As for statements in some comments along the lines of “this stuff will kill ya!” I would simply say, Newsflash! We’re all going to die! I have yet to see “Skinny Cow products” listed on a death certificate.

    • Hi Beth,

      Thank you so much for posting your comments and sharing your thoughts. :)

      I highly encourage you to visit the BioTrust Online Community Forums:

      There, the conversation is live and ongoing. You can ask questions, post your thoughts, get free coaching help, and much, much more.

      Thanks, Beth!

      Tim Skwiat
      BT Head Trainer

  5. The meaning of the phrase “ice cream” varies from one country to another. Phrases such as “frozen custard”, “frozen yogurt”, “sorbet”, “gelato” and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles. In some countries, such as the United States, the phrase “ice cream” applies only to a specific variety, and most governments regulate the commercial use of the various terms according to the relative quantities of the main ingredients.

  6. hi i love i love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love this

    • Gosh, Madison, thank you! We love our awesome customers like yourself. :)

      Keep up the great work!

      Tim Skwiat
      BT Head Trainer

  7. Thank you so much for this article!!!!

    We just recently purchased these again after years of Vegan and clean eating…I could not stand how addictive they were, as soon as I was done one, I wanted another, It’s breakfast time and I am thinking about Skinny Cows….I am not a big over eater so this was catching me off guard.

    I told my husband the other day NOT to buy them any more…something is wrong. If they are THAT addictive. Typically we eat only soya ice cream from Trader Joes with cane sugar and do not have a problem. But these Skinny Cows are Trouble with a capital T!!! Thank you again for answering the burning question we both had….WHY?
    You are so right that these are not really helping ‘diet’ and are miss leading….

    Sherry Ann

  8. As a compulsive label reader, I found the same things you did the last time I was tempted to buy an ice cream treat for my family. However, you do not address the issues surrounding carrageenan which are extremely important for people to understand. I hope this isn’t because you use this potentially toxic substance in your formulations. I will now go read your ingredient lists on the items in my cart! Thanks for the info.

  9. Your a complete idiot if you think additives have ANYTHING to do with weight loss / gain, Go do some research, WEIGHTLOSS IS STRICTLY ABOUT CALORIES IN VS CALORIES OUT, Get your facts straight.

  10. Skinny Cow???? that should called dead cow. I surely will read the labels now. That stuff will kill ya. My family will know about reading the labels.

    • Hello Florence,

      Thank you for your message. I like your wording: “dead cow,” indeed. They really try to draw you in and fool you with the name of the product — clever marketing.

      Man-made chemically altered food additives are heavily researched. Companies know the exact combinations of sugar, salt, and fat to literally make you addicted. “Frankenfoods” cause a vicious circle of unhealthiness, and it is important to educate ourselves so we can be empowered to make healthy decisions.

      We are happy to share this information to get everyone aware of reading labels and knowing the quality of their foods choices. A great simple rule of thumb is to focus predominantly on one-ingredient foods. Basically any meat, vegetable, fruit, oil, nut, or seed falls into this category — keep it all-natural.

      Best Regards,
      Team BioTrust

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