Ice cream—you just can’t live without it (especially if you live in the U.S., where the most ice cream is consumed each year throughout the entire world). And, while some might not think of that as an accomplishment, others might argue that it is. And we, personally, definitely think it’s something to celebrate. That’s because ice cream touts all these secret powers that you might not have ever heard about before.
Think you know everything there is to know about the sweet treat? Not so fast—there’s still a lot you’ve got to learn. Here are three surprising facts that you probably don’t know about America’s favorite snack:
We know it’s hard to think of ice cream as a nutrient-packed snack, but you would be surprised! We’re not going to argue that it’s the newest health food trend, but it does have some essential nutrients that’ll keep you full and healthy. Because ice cream is dairy-based, it’s full of the same benefits that many other dairy treats offer, including protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Hello, healthy bones!
You might hear parents calling frozen yogurt and gelato “ice cream,” but there are distinct differences between all of them.
Frozen yogurt is just as described: yogurt that has been churned and frozen. In order to be classified as yogurt, it needs to contain the live active cultures. Traditional ice cream does not include these active cultures.
On the other hand, Serious Eats describes a lot of the “differences [that] give gelato a more dense and milky texture that's less creamy than ice cream. It's not thin, but it lacks the plush, buttery fullness of its American cousin [ice cream].”
We know. It sounds insane. So insane, actually, that it might just work! According to Doctor Oz’s blog, “A Harvard study published in the journal Human Reproduction suggests that consuming full-fat milk or ice cream may improve your chances of having a baby. The study looked at the eating habits of more than 18,000 women between the ages of 24 and 42. Women who ate full-fat ice cream two or more times a week had a 38 percent lower risk of ovulation-related infertility than women who had full-fat ice cream less than once a week.” We’re not saying it will work for every family, but we think it’s a pretty good reason to indulge every now and then.
Whether you’re hosting a trivia night, a birthday party, or treating your office to something special, ice cream is an indulgent treat that everyone can agree on. If you’re hoping to cater your next event with some sweet treats, contact Cold Stone of South Florida today!