It might surprise you to learn that not only can ice cream with artificial ingredients cause sinus infections, it can also cause migraines and flu-like symptoms! We first discovered the sinus infection migraine trigger 20 years ago after eating a cone of mint chocolate chip ice cream from a top brand ice cream store in Los Angeles.
While the ice cream was indeed delicious, the symptoms that followed were not; a debilitating sinus infection that lasted for 2 weeks. We posted it and since then, 160 Earth Clinic readers have confirmed the same thing happened to them.
Ice Cream’s Serious Side Effects
Within 24 hours of consuming the scoop of ice cream from brands that contain artificial flavors (e.g., Baskin Robbins, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and dozens more that you’ll find in the frozen food section of your local grocery store), flu-like virus symptoms first appear.
Symptoms include the following:
- Low fever
- Headache or migraine
- Thick mucus
- Extreme Fatigue
- Joint Aches and Pain
What happens next is interesting. Within 24 hours, the “virus” symptoms disappears. What’s left is a raging sinus infection, migraine, or both.
You will never have a runny nose, which would indicate a real virus or allergy. What you will have are two intensely clogged and infected sinus passages and extreme sinus pressure in your forehead and under your eyes.
Sinus Infection and Migraine Trigger Validation
After it happened to us a few times (yeah, took a while to figure out), we started asking friends who came down with sinus infections if they had eaten ice cream 2 days prior to the onset of the sinus infection. 4 out of 5 friends reported a yes.
We then took our theory to the internet and started asking trustworthy Earth Clinic readers if they too had the same reaction after eating ice cream. Yep, the same report came back time and time again: fake flu within 24 hours and a sinus infection within 48 hours.
If you take your kids to get ice cream over the weekend, this theory should be pretty easy to track since side effects will take place Monday or Tuesday following.
Ingredients that Trigger Migraines, Fever and Sinus Infections
It’s not the listed ingredients in ice cream, such as milk fat and nonfat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, but the so called “natural” and artificial flavorings that causes the intense symptoms.
The Hidden Ingredients in Ice Cream
We ate lots and lots of ice cream as children back in the 1970s and 80s and never once experienced a sinus infection. The sinus infections started to occur in the late 1990s, never during a cold or flu, but always after eating a cone at a store like Baskin Robbins or Dairy Queen. We’re confident that if someone were to do a study on this subject, they would probably find a nationwide spike in sinus infections commencing when companies started to add chemically-complicated artificial flavors to ice cream.
Penny from Fresno, CA was kind enough to send us the following excerpt. You can find even more information on this subject at: https://www.rense.com/general7/whyy.htm
“In his book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser looks at the typical ingredients in a Burger King strawberry milkshake: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenyl-glycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone, a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, run ether, y-undercalctone, vanillin and solvent.
It would appear that underneath the natural and artificial flavours, an abundance of compounds lay. There is nothing illegal going on here. This is all within the law.
Likewise with food labels, they too can include all these ingredients and place them under the umbrella term of ‘flavourings’. It’s really rather frightening. The value of flavourings is of tremendous importance to the fast food industry, which require their foods be standardized, and flavourings can offer a standardized product. In order that artificial flavourings are made believable, the correct ‘mouth feel’ must be gained. This is achieved by the addition of starches, emulsfiers, stabilizers, sugars and fats (Marsili, 1993, Food Product Design). So next time you pop into your favourite fast food outlet for a milkshake, take a moment and think about what’s really in this stuff.”
And here’s a snippet from a May 6th, 2007 New York Times article by Jesse McKinley entitled: “Flavoring-Factory Illnesses Raise Inquiries.”
“Over the last several years, California health officials have been tracking a handful of workers in flavoring factories who have been incapacitated with a rare, life-threatening lung condition ‘bronchiolitis obliterans’ for which there is no cure or treatment. Usually found only in people who are poisoned by chemical fires or chemical warfare or in lung transplant patients, bronchiolitis obliterans renders its victims unable to exert even a little energy without becoming winded or faint.”
“The airways to the lung have been eaten up,” said Barbara Materna, the chief of the occupational health branch in the California Department of Health Services. “They can’t work anymore, and they can’t walk a short distance without severe shortness of breath.”
Seven flavoring-factory workers in California are known to have the disease or similarly serious lung damage, and 22 others have had lung tests come back with abnormal results…”
Continue reading below for over 160 reviews from Earth Clinic readers who got migraines, fever, flu and sinus infections after eating artificially flavored ice cream, exactly in the timeline detailed above.
Was ice cream your sinus infection and migraine trigger? Did you get any of the symptoms mentioned above after eating artificially flavored ice cream? Please share your story with us!