Who doesn't love ice cream? This delicious dessert is especially appreciated by children. Today there is a wide variety of varieties and fillings, but we still miss that "childhood taste".
But there are many rumors about how bad ice cream actually is. Now is the time to restore the truth about ice cream.
Ice cream is useless. You can get fat from a natural dairy product, if you only eat it in almost tons. Ice cream is not a banned food for diabetics and those trying to lose weight. You just need to make this product part of a balanced diet. Those who cannot imagine their life without ice cream should simply give up, for example, a cup of kefir. And the benefits of this product are, and considerable. Ice cream contains complete proteins, there is calcium necessary for bones, phosphorus, necessary for the kidneys and muscles, as well as many vitamins. The same vitamin A is very beneficial for the immune system.
Ice cream only makes you fat. In the composition of such species as fruit and berry, sorbet, fruit ice there is no fat at all. The basis is either sugar syrup with the addition of fresh or dried berries, fruits, or fruit and berry raw materials. Manufacturers are also required to indicate the calorie content on the packaging. This allows you to control your weight gain. True, not everyone thinks about how to produce a quality product. Often too much sugar and vanilla are added to ice cream, that is, excess carbohydrates. You can even find margarine in this sweet, which allows the sweet to keep its shape longer. It is from such additives unnatural for ice cream that you can get better. It only saves that most people eat ice cream infrequently. But if you eat a low-quality product several times a day, then you can really get better.
The most delicious and high-quality ice cream is made not from milk, but from cream. Technologists say that there is no way to understand on the basis of taste, what exactly is ice cream made of - milk or cream? Cream is also a milk derivative, just a source of fat. So it is milk that usually forms the basis of ice cream. Manufacturers are simply required to preserve the desired fat content in the product. For example, in an ice cream, it should be from 12 to 15 percent. And to gain it, various sources of fat can be used - not only cream, but also butter, anhydrous milk fat. Good quality ice cream must meet standards. So, for example, the GOST states that such a product should not contain vegetable fats.
Ice cream helps to harden the throat. There is no connection between this product and hardening. It is impossible to harden the throat with ice cream, but increased consumption of foods, and the heat can lead to loss of voice. The temperature outside and inside will be very different.
Ice cream is prohibited for diabetics. Today, manufacturers increasingly think that their products will be consumed by people with diabetes. That is why ice cream appears with different content of fats and sugar. You can find "Diet Ice Cream" on sale. In the same GOST there are requirements for a similar product. It must be specially labeled and must not contain sugar components. And such a product is stored for only two to three months. And although there is indeed a special ice cream for diabetics, it is quite difficult to find it on the shelves.
Ice cream has to be sweet. Fans of ice cream have long gone so far as to give it special, not sweet, flavors. There is garlic, meat and even seafood ice cream. Yes, most of us think of ice cream as a sweet dessert. But other unsweetened cold dishes made from whipped frozen mixtures can also be called. So if a manufacturer approves its technology in state standardization bodies and prescribes quality standards and product creation, then it will also be considered a full-fledged ice cream.
Ice cream should not be given to children under three years of age. There is no problem in giving ice cream to a child who perfectly digests the foods offered to him. However, it is worth remembering that in children under 6 years old, the immune system has not yet formed, and excessive cooling of the body can damage it. So it is better to give children a slightly melted, but no less tasty ice cream. Adding jam or something similar to ice cream is also a good solution. It is also important to remember that it is better to offer children a natural product. The assortment includes several classic options - ice cream, creamy, which are devoid of incomprehensible additives. You can find ice cream without any "E". This product can be recommended for children.
Ice cream causes tooth decay. This is allegedly evidenced by an unpleasant sensation on the teeth when using the product. In fact, it only says that a person already has some kind of dental problems. Also, ice cream can contribute to the appearance of another problem - cracks in the enamel. But this will happen if a cold product is consumed immediately after a hot one, for example, coffee. And ice cream will not cause caries, because it is swallowed immediately and it does not remain on the teeth for a long time. Much more dangerous in this regard are candies, which suck for a long time and generally stick to the teeth.
You can eat deformed ice cream. In fact, the loss of the original shape of the ice cream indicates that it has already been thawed. This also changes its taste, texture, and dangerous microbes may appear in the product. Uneven color indicates that the ingredients were poorly mixed during production.
Ice cream can be stored for years. It is generally accepted in our country that the maximum shelf life of such a product is about a year. But this does not mean that you can easily take a product that has lain for many months. After all, ice cream is often stored at the wrong temperature, which accelerates its spoilage. This is most often the fault of supermarkets. In the Soviet Union, a natural product was not stored at all for more than two days. But in Europe now there are delicacies that are allowed to be stored for 2-3 years, naturally, in closed refrigerators, which is still a rarity for us.
Ice cream hurts the stomach. But scientists have proven the opposite. It turns out that this cold and tasty product helps with bleeding in the stomach and abdominal cavity. Ice cream is excellent for nosebleeds that often occur in hot summer. To stop the bleeding, simply swallow a few cold morsels of dessert. And ice cream has a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
Light ice cream helps to stay slim. Most likely, this myth was replicated by manufacturers of low-quality ice cream with numerous artificial additives. Light ice cream is one in which animal fats are combined with vegetable fats. But such a product slows down the metabolism. In addition, this combination increases blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. And these substances contribute to the appearance of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. That is why the consumption of light ice cream is not only a way to gain weight, but also a sure way to harm health.
It's better to choose sorbet than ice cream. When the consumer is faced with a choice, the answer is obvious. Cream ice cream is discarded because it contains fats. But the situation is far from straightforward. Although there is really no fat in sorbet, there may be more sugar in it than in regular ice cream, and besides, this option is also more high-calorie. In addition to the lack of fat, sorbet also has less vitamins and calcium than ice cream.
Ice cream is not recommended for pregnant women. This statement is not true. Ice cream is even useful for women in position. After all, this product is made on the basis of milk, which is a source of calcium. Of course, you won't be able to replenish your daily calcium intake with one serving of ice cream, but you can and should still use such a dessert.
Immunity weakens because of ice cream. It is worth considering immunity as a whole system in the body. There are no substances in ice cream that would suppress general immunity. What is this dessert essentially? These are milk, some sugar, juices, water and fruits. But after all, in everyday life we already consume all this. It would be foolish to believe that they are capable of weakening the immune system in such a combination.
Better to try yoghurt milk rather than ice cream. And this myth is only due to the manufacturers' production race. After all, they need to popularize new products, thus maintaining consumer interest. In such conditions, emphasis is placed on the properties of yoghurt, distinguishing it from all the ingredients of ice cream. They say that a cold yogurt-based dessert is better and healthier than regular milk. In fact, both milk and yogurt are dairy products with approximately the same nutrient content. And in general, there is no need to talk about the benefits of ice cream or yogurt.
Ice cream can cause headaches. As much as we love this sweetness, ice cream can really hurt a head. The human body acts intelligently, although it can be deceived. For example, after a glass of hot tea, we start to sweat. This is because the walls of the stomach are heated. The body thinks it is hot and begins to dilate the blood vessels and produce sweat. Similarly, if something cold gets into the stomach, the body thinks that it is cooling. Immediately, the blood vessels begin to constrict. This process can also cause headaches in those people who have a predisposition to this. This will most likely not happen to a healthy person. However, one should remember about such unexpected influence of temperature factors.
Ice cream relieves stress. And this statement is true. Classic sundae and ice cream sundaes contain the amino acid L-tryptophan. It is a natural tranquilizer that can calm the nervous system and increase immunity. Also, ice cream improves sleep and removes insomnia. Only it is not easy to keep such acid in the finished product, but freezing allows you to do it. Thus, L-tryptophan is retained in ice cream. The yummy balls also promote the production of serotonin, a well-known hormone of joy. As a result, ice cream gives a feeling of joy and positive emotions, what kind of stress is there?