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Do You Know What’s Really in Cool Whip? It’s Not What You Think.

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Cool Whip may be a quick topping for strawberry shortcake, but it's a far cry from real whipped cream. There's nothing natural about this sweet, white stuff—in fact, it's loaded with chemicals. And according to Organic Authority, there are only two out of the 12 ingredients in Cool Whip that aren’t toxic to us—and water is one of them.

Here are the not-so-sweet facts about what's in each mouthful: Water, hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skim milk, light cream and less than 2% sodium caseinate, natural and artificial flavor, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate and beta carotene (as a coloring).

That may not sound like a lot of ingredients (we've certainly seen products whose artificial ingredients take up half the label), but when you think about the potential hazardous effects of ingesting these chemicals, it may change your mind about putting this into your body. For example, Hydrogenated oils have been shown to cause heart disease by increasing the bad cholesterol, LDL, and decreasing the good, HDL. Think of it as hardened bacon grease for your arteries. Sodium caseinate has been linked to autism, brain conditions and allergies. Xantham and guar gums are thickening agents that work by combining sugar and bacteria. They are also used in laxatives and can cause diarrhea. Polysorbate 60 has also been linked to diarrhea, as well as organ toxicity and tumors. And, sorbitan monostearate is a synthetic wax that can cause eye, lung and stomach problems. Yuk.

As if all of that's not enough, Cool Whip contains a gram of sugar in every tablespoon and offers absolutely no nutritional value. Not that we are big proponents of heavy whipping cream either, but if you must top your dessert with something, opt for a small amount of the real deal. Better yet, how about some fresh berries on top of vegan chocolate mousse?

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