- A Good source of calcium,
- Provides protein and digestible, high-calorie nutrition during an illness.
- High in saturated fat and sugar.
Federal standards decree that ice cream must be made with a minimum of 10 percent cream, milk or butter fat. Manufacturers may add various other ingredients, as well as enough air to double its volume. In general, the least expensive ice creams contain the munimum 10 percent fat and the maximum air, while the premium commercial brands have double the fat and half the air.
ADDITIVES : Storing ice cream presents a problem in the form of "heart shock". When ice cream is removed from the freezer, its surface melts. When the ice creams is refrozen, ice crystals form, resulting in a crunchy texture that terrifies ice cream lovers. The problem can be countered by adding microcrystalline cellulose, a highly purified wood derivative that sops up the water as ice cream melts and prevents it from refreezing into crystals. Cellulose is indigestible and comes out in the wash, as it were. Guar gum, locust bean gum, or carrageenan, all from plant sources, can also be used for the same purpose. Other additives used in ice cream include emulsifiers such as lecithin, mono and diglycerides, or polysorbates that make for a smooth texture by dispersing the fat globules.
DID YOU KNOW ? :
AN ICE CREAM CONE CAN HAVE AS MANY CALORIES AS A THREE-COURSE MEAL Watch what you put into your cone, as well as on it. Choose regular over premium ice creams; small instead of medium or large cones; single instead of double or triple scoops; and avoid toppings, There is such a wide variety of tempting toppings available chocolate, caramel, or hot fudge syrups; chocolate, candy, or cookie pieces; sprinkles; marshmallows; nuts; and whipped cream- that you can easily spend over 100 calories on toppings alone. A sugar cone has about 60 calories while a chocolate dipped waffle cone has more than 200. What could start out as a simple 175-calorie dessert can end up having as many calories as a full course meal. Check the internet for calories count and fat gram content of ice cream from the major chains..