- Michael Sparks, MD
Does an apple a day keep the doctor away or does a bowl of ice cream?!
Ice cream. We all love it. However, many people believe that ice cream is unhealthy and should be avoided. While it is true that ice cream can be high in calories and sugar, it also contains a number of nutrients that can be beneficial for your health. Harvard said so.
Here are some of the health benefits of ice cream. Seriously, I just said benefits to eating ice cream:
Calcium: Ice cream is a good source of calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth.
Protein: Ice cream is a good source of protein, which is important for muscle growth and repair.
Vitamins: Ice cream contains a number of vitamins, including A, B12, and D.
Mood-boosting effects: Ice cream contains tryptophan, an amino acid that can help improve your mood.
Of course, ice cream is still a high-calorie food, so it is important to eat it in moderation. However, if you enjoy ice cream, there is no need to feel guilty about indulging every once in a while. Here are some tips for enjoying ice cream in a healthy way:
Choose low-fat or fat-free ice cream. This may actually lower the risk of Diabetes even!
Look for ice cream that is made with real ingredients, such as milk, cream, and sugar.
Avoid ice cream that is high in artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
Serve ice cream in small bowls or cups.
Top your ice cream with fresh fruit, nuts, or granola for added nutrients and flavor.
With a little moderation, you can enjoy ice cream as part of a healthy diet.
Did I mention all this is backed by Harvard research?!
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