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The Top Health Benefits of Ice Cream

Ice cream health benefits

You probably think it sounds contradictory to sing the praises of ice cream. Yet, there’s no denying that ice cream is one of the most beloved treats in the world, and by the 1700s, it was a popular treat in wealthier households. Combining sugar, fat, and cream creates a decadent and satisfying dessert.

However, while it’s easy to dismiss ice cream as an indulgence with no health benefits, the truth is that this dessert can be good for you when enjoyed in moderation. Here are some of the top health benefits of ice cream.

A Source of Calcium

Ice cream is usually dairy-based, so it contains calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth. Just one scoop of vanilla ice cream contains approximately 10% of the recommended calcium intake. This makes ice cream an especially good option for people struggling to get enough calcium from other sources, such as post-menopausal women and older folks.

Increase Your Vitamin B12 Levels

Ice cream is also a source of vitamin B12, which we need for healthy brains and red blood cell production. Many people don’t get enough vitamin B12 in their diets, making ice cream a delicious way to boost this essential nutrient. It’s also more fun to eat than fish or meat!

Reduced Risk of Diabetes

While it might seem counterintuitive, studies have found that consuming moderate amounts of ice cream can actually reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

It’s important to remember that ice cream is best enjoyed in moderation. While it can offer some health benefits, consuming too much of this tasty treat can lead to weight gain and other health problems. It’s also worth noting that not all ice cream is created equal. Some brands and flavors contain more sugar and fat than others, which can negate any potential health benefits.

Have an Energy Boost

Ice cream is a high-calorie food that can provide a quick energy boost. This makes it an ideal snack for athletes or anyone who needs a quick pick-me-up between meals. It’s also a nice treat for older people who need to gain weight. However, it’s important to keep portion sizes in check to avoid consuming too many calories.

Explore Healthier Options

Suppose you want to indulge in ice cream while keeping calories in check. In that case, plenty of healthier options are available, and many brands offer low-fat or non-fat varieties and options with reduced sugar content. You can also try making your ice cream using natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Different Flavors

When it comes to popular ice cream flavors, there is no shortage of options – click here for some examples. Classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry are perennial favorites, while more adventurous palates might enjoy flavors like salted caramel, mint chocolate chip, or rocky road. The top-selling ice cream flavors in the United States are vanilla, chocolate, and butter pecan.

You can indulge in this delicious treat without guilt by choosing lower-calorie and sugar options and keeping portion sizes in check. Just make sure it’s in moderation, as with all things!

29 thoughts on “The Top Health Benefits of Ice Cream”

  1. Thanks for this post! I seldom indulge but now I won’t feel so guilty when I do. I hope the chocolate syrup I add to my favorite (Blue Bell vanilla, made in Texas) has benefits too.

  2. You made my day Christy. We’ve been really careful since my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, and ice cream is the thing he craves the most. I’m going to look for a better option, in moderation, as long as his blood sugar remains stable.
    Did you know in Vermont, we consume more ice cream in the winter than the summer? I think it has something to do with cabin fever.

    1. Hi Dorothy, perhaps yogurt bars or non-dairy ice cream could satisfy his cravings? That’s good he’s making changes to his diet since the diagnosis, and that you are too as that support I’m sure means a lot to him. Oh wow, more in winter than summer in Vermont? No, I had no idea! That goes against reasoning as you’d think it’d make you cold in the chilly weather! Humans never fail to amaze me 🥰

  3. I love this post! Yes, in moderation I can have ice cream. It makes sense and it does have a lot of benefits. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this.

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