When the good weather begins, because spring comes or the summer , many are the people who want to have a good ice cream, but there are also many who wonder if the ice cream is fattening or not, especially if you follow a diet of weight loss. While it is true that the caloric content that we provide can be high, it all depends on the type of ice cream that will be consumed.
And it does not happen only with its energy intake, but also with other compounds and nutrients such as saturated fats, or even its cholesterol content.
In any case, as many nutritionists say and in defense of ice cream (especially if you are passionate about them like us), we must say one thing very clearly: ice cream, especially milk ice cream, is a nutritious dessert rich in calcium and good quality proteins .
What is ice cream and what is its nutritional composition?
Ice cream is a wonderful dessert that depending on the ingredients chosen for its preparation, can be considered in many different ways: ice cream, milk ice cream (dairy based), ice or sorbet type. Although it is true that, in its simplest way, It consists of a dessert that is made from whipped cream, water and sugar . It is also possible to use sweeteners and additives in order to give them flavor.
It stands out for being a tremendously refreshing, creamy and exquisite product, which is usually consumed during the summer months, although it is true that we can find it - and enjoy it - practically all year round.
Although we have already analyzed this topic in the article on Nutritional information of ice cream and popsicles , ice creams stand out for their nutritional contribution. But, as we told you, this depends directly on the type of ice cream that is going to be consumed.
Thus, ice cream and dairy-based ice creams stand out for their contribution in proteins of high biological value (they contain for example lysine, a very complete amino acid), vitamins such as vitamin B2, and minerals such as magnesium and calcium. In addition, the ice cream of fruits, poles and sorbets stand out for their vitamin content. And, as we will see, for its low energy contribution.
In fact, depending on their nutritional composition, ice cream can be grouped into:
- Ice cream prepared from whole or skim milk, cream or cream, and non-dairy animal or vegetable fat.
- Ice cream
- Ice cream desserts and special ice creams, such as those made with non-caloric sweeteners or fructose, special for diabetics.
How many calories do ice creams provide? And how many fats?
That said, cream or cream ice creams usually contain 200 and 250 calories per 100 grams . Although if we want to eat an ice cream without calories, the best option is to opt for ice cream, such as water ice, as they do not include fat in their composition.
We can also find ourselves with the ice cream type Light , that they barely have fat and a series of non-caloric sweeteners , which therefore contribute significantly fewer calories.
We can always afford to eat some ice cream, although if we are in the middle of a slimming diet , the best option is to opt for ice cream, which even tend to be very good to mitigate the heat of spring and summer.
Table of calories from ice creams and fats per 10 0 grams of product
|Type of ice cream||Energy (kcal)||Fat (g)|
|Milk ice cream||148.9||4.83|
So, does the ice cream get fat?
The food does not get fat. What fattens, precisely, is the possible balance that can exist between the energy that we ingest from food and that we spend, in addition to taking into account other elements such as hereditary and genetic factors.
If we take into account the nutritional composition provided by ice cream or milk, there is no doubt that they become a nutritionally adequate option, as long as they are not consumed in excess or on a regular basis . That is to say, the key is to consume them in a moderate and timely manner .
This does not mean, of course, that ice creams are ideal to substitute fruits and other healthier desserts, at all. If not, unlike what is popularly thought, actually it is false that ice cream fatten . They fatten just like a piece of bread or a banana. The key is, therefore, in the amount of calories we consume in the day and how many we consume.
That said, an ice cream can turn into a proper dessert after a meal, rich in good quality proteins, vitamin B2, calcium and magnesium. Of course, because of the high cholesterol content of ice cream, it is better to choose ice cream based on milk or water (made with fruits). This advice is also useful if we are worried about our weight, and if for example we are following a certain diet of weight loss.
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