Do you enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine? Is it really as bad as we think?
The fat found in ice cream provides the body with the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K. Calcium can be found in ice cream which helps in the formation of strong bones and teeth therefore reducing the risk of tooth decay and osteoporosis in later life. Ice cream also contains Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, and Vitamin B2 which assists in releasing energy from carbohydrates. Vitamin B12 can also be found in ice cream which reduces the risk of developing pernicious anaemia. The protein found in ice cream helps grow, repair and maintain body cells.
An average scoop of ice cream contains around 140 calories which is less than a 45g chocolate bar which provides on average 240 calories.
Most ice creams contain dairy in the form of cream and milk. Therefore they contain a high content of saturated fat which increases your risk of obesity, coronary heart disease and stroke. Ice cream tends to contains lots of extrinsic sugar which contributes to tooth decay, diabetes and obesity.
Contrast to popular belief the occasional ice cream on a hot summer’s day is not as bad for you as you first thought and it does have its benefits to the body. However do not overindulge or you shall be at a higher risk of obesity, strokes, diabetes and tooth decay.
Top tip: Eat your ice cream alongside fruit such as strawberries and raspberries to boost your vitamin C intake which is a powerful antioxidant and aids in the absorption of iron. NSP (fibre) found in fruit is essential in reducing the risk of constipation and therefore the development of bowel disorders. Moreover eating it outside in the sunshine will supply you with vitamin D helping you to absorb the calcium in your ice cream.
Enjoy the Summer with an ice cream.