Ice cream and its nutritional value
The most refreshing and delicious sweet for the summer that no one can resist, is nothing more than an ice cream! Can it, however, be a nutritious food and not a guilty pleasure? In fact, yes! Let’s enjoy together guilt-free kids’ and adults’ favorite summer treat!
• It provides the body with nutrients and valuable ingredients such as calcium, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and magnesium. In particular, it contains a non-negligible amount of calcium, reaching 120 mg per 100 g of ice cream when the corresponding amount in whole milk is 140 mg.
• It offers proteins of high biological value, corresponding to those of the dairy that builds our body tissues. So, next time that you consume some ice cream, remember that you consume some of the protein you need.
• Ice cream carbs mainly come from sweeteners and milk lactose. Carbohydrates are useful for the body because they constitute a direct source of energy, which can be used for the smooth function of the central nervous system, for the protection of tissue proteins, etc. It has also been found that lactose in children helps absorb calcium, a mineral that is necessary for the formation of strong bones.
• As a milk product, it has also "inherited" important vitamins such as vitamin A, a vitamin that is "hidden" in food fat and is responsible for smooth development and good vision, and B complex vitamins such as B1, B2 and B12, which are responsible for the smooth function of the nervous system.
• Finally, ice cream as a milk and cream product contains fat, a percentage of which is saturated. However, depending on the type of ice cream and the way it is made, these quantities vary. Nutritional value tables allow us to learn and choose our favorite tastes consciously.
Calculating calories is always "a pain in the neck", especially during periods that we take care of our diet, so it would be good to check some more details about ice cream calories.
The caloric value of the most common ice creams - for an ordinary 100 gram scoop of ice cream or for a small stick (either rocket or small cup) or for 2 average little ice creams - is the following:
- frozen yogurt, plain without garnish: 100-120 calories
- vanilla ice cream: 180-200 calories
- vanilla ice cream cone: 150-180 calories
- fruit flavored ice cream: 130-150 calories
- chocolate ice Cream with chocolate chips: 250-300 calories
- parfait ice cream: 220-250 calories
- 0% ice cream: 125-130 calories
- granita: 100-120 calories
Some useful advice
You can consume ice cream instead of any other sweet, 3-4 times a week.
• Granitas and sorbets are the ideal choice for those of you who put a lot of emphasis on maintaining your figure as they provide fewer calories than any other ice cream flavors available.
Granitas and sorbets are not milk-based, like other ice creams but are made from a frozen mixture of fruits, water and sugar and are an excellent choice when we feel the need for sweet.
• ATTENTION: 0% ice cream usually refers to sugar (these ice creams contain sweeteners such as aspartame instead of sugar). However; 0% does not refer to fat. These ice creams contain a lot of fat and therefore a lot of calories unless they are labelled as 0% sugar and 0% fat ice creams!
• Homemade ice cream still remains a nutritious and pure solution since we have the ability to control calories according to the type and quantity of ingredients we will use. However; you should consume them in moderation. Being homemade does not mean they have no calories!
So, eat ice cream without guilt. If you do not overdo it, you have no reason to worry and ice cream can become part of your diet!