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Ice Cream: Delicious and Nutritious?

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Ice cream is a dessert staple and a great companion for hot summer days. Science shows that this sweet, cold treat is not only refreshing, but has some great health benefits associated with it. So go ahead and indulge (in moderation – of course).

Vitamins & Minerals – Ice cream is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, C, D, and several B varieties can all be found in ice cream. Vitamin K, which prevents blood clotting, is also found in ice cream. The mineral calcium helps maintain bone and teeth strength, and can even reduce the chance of kidney stones.

Energy – Our body needs energy to function, and ice cream helps to provide carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, all of which our bodies use to produce energy.

Mood Elevator – Eating ice cream stimulates a hormone, thrombotonin, which makes you happy and reduces stress. It also naturally contains L-triptophane, which helps relax the nervous system.

Brain Stimulator – A study done by Tokyo scientists had people eat 3 spoonfuls of ice cream in the morning and then had them perform tests. The people who ate ice cream had an increase in brain waves that were linked to concentration, relaxation, and mental coordination.

 

Sources:

 Forster, Katie. “Eating Ice Cream for Breakfast Makes you More Intelligent, Japanese Scientist Claims.” Independent

“The Top 4 Health Benefits of Ice Cream.” Stanpac

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