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Organic Popsicles vs. Conventional Popsicles: Making A Healthy Choice

As the summer sun shines, there’s nothing quite like cooling down with a refreshing popsicle. But with so many options out there, how do you choose between organic and conventional popsicles? Whether you're looking for a healthy snack for your kids or a guilt-free treat for yourself, understanding the differences can help you make an informed choice. Let's dive into the world of popsicles and see what sets organic apart from conventional.

3 hands holding 3 smiley face popsicles

The Basics of Popsicles

Popsicles are a beloved summer treat that come in many shapes, sizes, and flavors. From fruity to creamy, there's a popsicle for everyone. But not all popsicles are created equal. The main differences between organic and conventional lie in the ingredients used and their nutritional value.

Sweeteners: The Good, the Bad, and the Artificial

One of the biggest differences between organic and conventional popsicles is the type of sweetener used. Conventional often contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and high amounts of added sugar. These sweeteners can contribute to health issues like obesity, diabetes, and cavities.

Organic popsicles, on the other hand, typically use natural sweeteners like honey, date syrup, and maple syrup. These sweeteners are less processed and can be healthier alternatives. Some organic popsicles also use stevia, a natural, sugar-free sweetener that doesn't spike blood sugar levels.

Ingredients: Reading the Labels

When choosing between organic and conventional popsicles, it's important to check the ingredient list. Conventional popsicles often contain a long list of artificial flavors, artificial colors, and preservatives like guar gum. These ingredients can have adverse effects on health, particularly in children. Organic popsicles are usually made with real fruit, fresh fruit puree and whole ingredients, offering a healthier option with fewer artificial additives. Santa Cruz Fungi prides itself on using whole foods and minimal ingredients, making its frosty pops a good choice for health-conscious consumers.

Nutritional Value: More Than Just Calories

The nutritional value of these frozen treats can vary widely. Conventional popsicles often contain high amounts of fat and grams of sugar, which can contribute to unhealthy eating habits. In contrast, organic ice pops made with real fruit and natural sweeteners can provide essential nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

Woman's hand holding smiley face popsicle

The Environmental Impact of Ice Pops (and Ice Cream)

Choosing between organic and conventional popsicles often has a stark difference in health benefits but it's also worth considering the environmental impact of your frozen treats. Organic icy pops generally have a smaller environmental footprint compared to conventional ones.

Sustainable Ingredients

Organic is also often made with sustainably sourced ingredients. This means the fruits and veggies used are grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Sustainable farming practices help preserve soil health, reduce water pollution, and promote biodiversity.

Packaging Considerations

Another factor to consider is the packaging. Conventional desserts are often individually wrapped in plastic, contributing to the overwhelming amount of plastic waste. Santa Cruz Fungi has been using eco-friendly packaging since day one, their home compostable wrappers degrade in about 10 weeks and non-plastic labels decompose in about 4 to 8 months. Choosing a popsicle brand that uses minimal and sustainable packaging can help reduce your environmental footprint.

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Supporting Local Farmers

Many organic brands source their ingredients from local farmers. This not only supports local economies but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting ingredients over long distances. By choosing organic, you’re often supporting more sustainable and ethical farming practices.

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Health Benefits Beyond the Ingredients

When it comes to choosing the healthiest popsicles, the benefits extend beyond just the ingredients. Organic non-dairy popsicles infused with mushroom extracts can offer additional health perks that make them a sweet choice for you and your friends.

Fewer Allergens and Irritants

Organic frosty pops are less likely to contain common allergens and irritants such as artificial colors and flavors. These additives can cause reactions in sensitive individuals, including children. By opting for organic, you minimize the risk of exposing your loved ones to these potential allergens.

Richer in Nutrients

Because organic popsicles are made with real fruit, coconut milk and have been minimally processed, they often retain more nutrients compared to their conventional counterparts. Nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants are more abundant in Santa Cruz Fungi's popsicles, contributing to better overall health.

Up close image of cordyceps mushrooms

Medicinal Mushroom Extracts

An exciting trend in the world of healthy popsicles is the inclusion of medicinal mushroom extracts. These extracts, derived from mushrooms like cordyceps, turkey tail, and lion’s mane, are known for their impressive health benefits. They can boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve mental clarity.

Santa Cruz Fungi is the first to add medicinal mushroom extracts to organic popsicles! They're transforming mushrooms into functional (and delicious) foods that not only cool you down but also support your overall well-being. These extracts are flavorless, so they blend seamlessly, allowing you to enjoy the health benefits without altering the taste of your favorite icy treats.

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Digestive Health

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support gut health, aiding in digestion and improving the immune system. Lion's mane mushrooms are known for their prebiotic effects, which support a healthy gut microbiome. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Incorporating lion's mane into your diet can help maintain digestive health and overall well-being. Consuming probiotics regularly can help maintain a healthy balance of gut flora, which is crucial for digestive health. Including probiotics in your diet through organic pops can be a delicious and effective way to support your digestive system and overall well-being.

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Conclusion: Making a HealthY Choice

Choosing between organic and conventional popsicles comes down to considering the ingredients, sweeteners, and nutritional value. Organic popsicles, whether store-bought or homemade, generally offer a healthier alternative with fewer artificial additives and more natural ingredients. By paying attention to what goes into your popsicles, you can enjoy a delicious and refreshing summer treat without compromising your health.

Additionally, considering the environmental impact and health benefits beyond just the ingredients can further guide your decision. Organic popsicles often support more sustainable practices and provide added health benefits, making them a superior choice for you and your family.

So, next time you're craving a popsicle, why not try an organic option or even make your own? Whether it's a fruity or a creamy, a dairy-free delight, there are plenty of ways to make popsicles a healthier choice. Cheers to a sweet, healthy, and refreshing summer!


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