Ice Cream is Good for You

Why? Because when you break it down, it really just is milk and sugar. Milk and sugar.

The extra serving of calcium I had last weekend.

Milk.

and

sugar.

Cows and plants.  Both provide us with great amounts of nutrients! Let’s take a closer look:

There are MANY benefits of milk. Click the picture to find out more!

Cow’s milk is a dairy product and  an EXCELLENT source of calcium, which is an essential mineral for a strong, healthy skeleton and teeth. Calcium is important for us to maintain bone density, ESPECIALLY for women as we are at a higher risk for osteoporosis. If we do not get enough calcium, our body strips it away from our bones (NOT good!).

Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products (plant foods do not contain Vitamin B12, unless they are fortified), so its no surprise that ice cream can provide a good supply of this micronutrient! It is important for making DNA, healthy red blood cells, and supporting our nervous system. Vitamin B12 deficiency is bad, bad, bad.

Sugar cane

Now I could go on and on about the benefits of milk, but let’s move on to the other main ingredient of ice cream–that delicious, sweet SUGAR!

Sugar cubes
Every wonder why you feel so energized after a sweet snack? Because sugar is a carbohydrate!

The majority of the sugar we eat comes from the sugar cane, a giant bamboo-like plant.

Scientifically, table sugar is known as sucrose, a molecule made up of two simpler sugars, fructose and glucose. Sugars fall into the macronutrient group– carbohydrates.

Why does our body need carbs?

FOR ENERGY!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!

Sugar gets converted into glucose and is readily absorbed by our cells to give us an instant lift. We NEED sugar to survive, and for our brains to function at optimal levels!

Picture 4
Thanks Ice Cream, for being so good to me!

Next time you have a scoop of ice cream, think about all the STRENGTH and ENERGY you have consumed, and go show the world what you are made of! (strong bones!) 😀

And now I will ask an irrelevant, but relevant question: What’s your favorite flavor??

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