By: E. Dawnn | Last Updated: April 04 2018 |
Ice cream… a rich, tasty treat that has a tendency to soothe the soul in hard times or whenever you just feel like a cool dessert. With summer right around the corner, you may be wondering if ice cream should be a part of your go-to cool-down list for beating the summer heat.
Well, before you can make the decision, it’s important you understand what the negative effects of traditional ice cream are. By knowing this information, only you can decide if the treat is worth the risks.
What makes traditional ice cream so bad for your body?
4 Ways Traditional Ice Cream Is Unhealthy For Your Body
All dairy products are high in fat. A 1/2 cup of a serving of vanilla ice cream has nine grams of fat. Fat is a nutrient the body needs. However, too much fat can lead to cardiovascular disease. Your total daily calorie consumption from fat should be less than 35 percent. Therefore, if you’re following a 2,000-a day calorie diet, you don’t want to consume more than 78 grams of fat.
A single vanilla ice cream serving is 10 percent more than thought, and you don’t even get much from 1/2 a cup.
2.) Saturated Fat
Saturated fat, which is found in animal products like milk, butter, eggs and meat, can lead to arterial blockage that can cause strokes and heart attacks. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you should consume no more than 10 percent of saturated fats. In a 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream, there are six grams. This equates to 28 percent.
There is no nutritional value with sugar. You could eat it and meet your daily calorie needs, but other foods must be consumed to get the nutrition your body needs. Sugar can also cause significant weight gain as well as cardiovascular disease. It can also cause your blood sugar levels to spike and lead to diabetes.
In just a 1/2 cup serving of vanilla ice cream, up to 40 percent of the calories consumed come from sugar.
Consuming a plethora amount of high-cholesterol foods will lead to a rise in blood cholesterol levels, and thus, lead to an increase in heart disease. There are 25mg of cholesterol in a 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream. If you’re older than 50 or have diabetes or heart disease, its’ advised not to consume more than 2,300mg a day. You may not reach this with vanilla ice cream alone, but it’s important to remember that your body will generate 1,000mg of cholesterol itself.
So, the question remains – should you have that bowl of ice cream or something else this summer? That really depends on what your ultimate goal is, but remember this: you can eat what you want but in moderation. This includes ice cream.