We’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But the truth is, you need a lot more nutrition in your diet than just an apple. Yes ice cream is considered a dessert, but it also can have many health benefits! Here are a few…
As most of us know, ice cream is packed with the nutrient powerhouse calcium! According to the Resource Library of The CBS Interactive Business Network, “Calcium helps control blood pressure, reduces the risk of colon cancer, puts a damper on PMS, and may lower the chances of developing kidney stones. And while it does your body good, it’s also doing good for your figure by helping you lose weight, shed belly fat and maintain your weight loss.” In moderation.
Ice Cream can be a little heavy on the sugar and saturated fat, but there are other options such as no fat frozen yogurt. It has the same calcium punch as ice cream (without the added calories). You can substitute it in your milkshakes or try it in one of our Tropi-kool® Smoothies. If you are trying to lose a few pounds, you need energy to be able to exercise. Why not enjoy it in a delicious way? Plus, according to Michael Zemel, Ph.D., head of the department of nutrition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, calcium is needed to not only help in weight loss, but keep the weight off for good.
The nutrition itself is not the only health benefit ice cream or frozen yogurt can provide. It can help the mental health too! Think about those long stressful days you’ve had, and how coming home to a bowl of ice cream, and family members to share it with, has made everything worthwhile. Ice cream can be needed for the soul, not just the body.
So this year, stay healthy in both mind and body. What other benefits do you enjoy with ice cream or frozen yogurt?