It comes in hundreds of different flavors, can be served in a cup, bowl, cone, or atop a slice of pie or cake. The average American eats 23.2 quarts of it each year and did you know it has its own day? July 17, 2016 is National Ice Cream Day. In 1984 then President Ronald Reagan established the third Sunday of July as this cold treat’s day. For many this will be the perfect excuse to enjoy a cup or cone of their favorite flavor. For others, the fat and sugar content may cause them to avoid this celebration. There are some healthier options for those with diet restrictions, however. These options include: low fat, light, reduced fat, soft serve, sherbet, and non-dairy ice cream.
Ice cream isn’t all fat and sugar. It may be reaching a little bit, but one could even say that it is good for you. It does contain calcium, protein, and vitamins A, B2, b12, C, D, and E after all. Let’s break down the benefits:
- Calcium aids in strong bones and teeth.
- Protein helps repair and build tissue.
- Vitamin A helps with healthy skin and immune function.
- Vitamins B2 and B12 assist with energy metabolism.
- Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Vitamin E also helps the immune systems as well as aiding in healthy skin and eyes.
It’s National Ice Cream Day, go ahead and have a scoop or two. It’s good for you.
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