Ice cream is delicious, but you certainly wouldn't try to live on it and nothing else, right? Well, one writer at Gizmodo did just that for almost a week!
Brent Rose was at Kippy's!, an organic, raw, non-dairy ice cream shop in Venice Beach, CA, when he noticed that the shop was advertising what it called the world's first ice cream cleanse. [Tweet this news!]
When he asked for more details, Kippy's! told him in an email, "Raw saturated fat is nothing short of a miracle worker in the human body. It helps us digest, repairs the gut, feeds the brain, boosts the metabolism, and is a powerful agent of detoxification. Raw saturated fat from the meat of organic coconuts pressed in-house is the main ingredient of Kippy's! Ice Cream, and the magic behind our first ever Ice Cream Cleanse." Intrigued, he enlisted the help of his girlfriend, and they decided to give it a go (they were the 11th and 12th people to try it, apparently).
According to Rose, the cleanse was exactly what it sounded like: Four days of nothing but the shop's ice cream. Rose and his girlfriend picked up their supply (20 pints per person total!) and got to work chowing down, all while documenting the effects. Surprisingly enough, Rose reports that he and his girlfriend didn't feel too bad at the end of it, noting that in comparison to a juice cleanse they had once tried, they felt much more energized and satisfied (and, according to his girlfriend, her skin looked and felt great on the cleanse—always a plus!).
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However, he also mentions that they both suffered from digestive problems and that he didn't do any bloodwork before or after, so he has no idea if there were any effects on his cholesterol or insulin levels. And though they both lost weight, they promptly gained it back when the cleanse ended. Moreover (and probably more concerning), each serving of the ice cream contained 9 grams of fat, 8 of which were saturated. With four servings per pint, and with him and his girlfriend eating five pints per day, Rose and his GF were consuming 820 percent of the daily recommended allowance of saturated fat. I can feel my heart struggling to pump blood faster just reading that.
Will four days of ice cream kill you? Probably not. Is an ice cream cleanse really a good idea? Short answer: No. Long answer: Seriously, no. That said, Rose says, "If you really want to do a cleanse, there are worse ones you could do. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about it first and be prepared for them to pee themselves laughing."
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