Ice cream and weight loss

Sweet tooth or not, ending a meal with ice cream is simply the best. With countless flavors to choose from, you can add is as a topping on cakes, cookies or eat it on its own.

This creamy icy goodness has a way of bringing joy to people together. But did you know that while enjoying scoops of ice cream has its health benefits? We’re not saying that you can change your diet from salad to a scoop of double dutch, but it’s healthier than we thought. There are studies that prove that including ice cream in one’s diet actually promotes weight loss.

According to ABC News one can lose weight with daily ice cream consumption. “The trick is moderation, and eating healthy meals the rest of the day. While on the diet, women may have 1 cup of ice cream, and men may have 1½ cups per day. (You should use low-fat ice cream that contains 125 calories or fewer calories per half-cup serving, for a total of 250 calories for women, and 375 calories for men.)

The secret to the diet is the calcium. A recent study found that overweight people who took a calcium supplement lost 26 percent more body weight, and 38 percent fatter than those who ate the same reduced-calorie diet, minus the supplement. Another group in the study received calcium by eating three or four servings of dairy products totaling 1,200 or 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day, and lost 70 percent more weight, and 64 percent more fat on a high-dairy diet.

Experts say calcium helps people lose weight because when your body doesn’t get enough calcium, it triggers fat cells to store fat and get bigger. In addition, ice cream helps satisfy dieters’ cravings, so they do not feel as strong an urge to binge.” – ABC News, 2006

Now in case you’re wondering, how many calories are in our ice cream, here’s a table for your reference

Variant

Flavor

Serving size

Calories

Chocolate

72 ml

60

Mango

50

Buko

50

Orange

40

Chocolate

90 ml

75

Strawberry

75

Cheese

75

Ube

80

Vanilla

110 ml

150

Chocolate

190

Ube

150

Cheese

170

So the next time you grab a scoop, crave for cones ice cream or popsicle, check the label for nutrition facts and get rid of that hesitation.

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