The benefits and disadvantages of our favorite dessert, ice-cream
How to make french vanilla ice-cream
Ice-cream. The words conjure up images of delight, enjoyment and delectable sin.
Ice-cream must be the world’s favorite cold dessert, eaten with abandon and relish when we want to forget, at least for a moment, the stresses of living. We bond over ice-cream and lovingly complain of the extra calories it piles upon our waists. We use it to placate others, and ourselves when we feel a little worse for wear.
Ice-cream has gotten a bad reputation for being both sugary and sinful. And so it is. As a form of assurance to those who do love this dessert, it is not ALL bad. It has, to everyone’s great relief, some comforting benefits if not consumed too voraciously.
What are these benefits? How, in fact, is ice-cream disadvantageous to the body? This article addresses these questions, delineates the history of ice-cream,clarifies a few myths and facts and presents a little Epulaeryu tribute to our favorite dessert.
Which is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Which is your favorite ice-cream flavor?
The invention of the ice-cream
The history of ice-cream
Many would be pleased to realize the almost immortal nature of this fine dessert. Dating back to the 4th Century B.C., the Roman Emperor Nero first ordered ice to be brought to his mountain retreats and covered with fruit toppings. Emperor Tang of the Shang Dynasty (A.D. 618-697) of the Shang Dynasty had a way of concocting ice and cream combinations. These concoctions, over the years, were slowly brought to Europe and served in Italian and French royal courts.
When the dessert arrived in America, influential people like its first President, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson first served it to their guests. London caterer Philip Lenzi announced that he had the wonderful cold confection for sale in 1774. The official term ‘ice-cream” was first used by American colonists. New York has the honor of having the first ice-cream parlor to open in America, and it dates back to 1776/7, though its name remains ambiguous.
The waffle cone is invented : the claims of two challengers
There are many theories that debate the invention of the ice-cream cone. Most credit goes to Ernst Hamwi, whose ‘zalabia’ or waffle like pastry that he sold from his pushcart was given to neighboring sell Arnold Fornachou at the St Louis Fair of 1904
Other credits goto Italo Marchiony, who sold Lemon Ice from his push cart. He dealt with the problems of hygiene, because lemon ice at the time was sold from glasses and termed ‘Penny Licks”. It cost a penny to lick the glass. The sanitation, or lack thereof, can be imagined.
Aside from that, people would either break the glasses or walk off with them. Therefore, the ice-cream cone - an edible container made of edible waffle cups - was born.
The disadvantages of ice-cream
When it comes to the pros and cons of ice-cream, I choose to begin discussing its disadvantages first, as it is what many would be more familiar with. We all know the health risks having too much of this delicious treat will pose.
We all know that high fat content in ice cream is a contributing factor of weight gain, and will be hard to contend with because an ice-cream treat is oh-so-delicious.
Aside from this, the high sugar content in some ice cream does not make it a proper slimming antidote.
The dangers of dairy
Ice-cream, being a dairy product, is derived from our favorite farm animals. Research has shown that these are a contributing cause to leukemia, a blood disorder previously linked to being Fairer skinned.
It is shown that those with darker skin tones are also prone to being at risk from an over consumption of dairy products.
Female farm animals are injected with synthetic estrogen to quicken development and produce its milk a little faster.
It is not surprising that it has the same effect on human beings and can cause them to reach the fullness of development a little too quickly.
We love ice-cream because of its sweetness and its complementary number one drug, sugar.
Asparthame and saccharin has been noted for being cancer causing because they are carcinogenic. Sugar converts to fat in the human body and is stored as fatty reserves, making ice-cream bad news.
The benefits of ice-cream
Our favorite treat should not be given such a bad health reputation, however. It is known for having some useful benefits, if eaten in moderation.
High calcium content
Being a dairy product, the creamy variety of ice cream is said to contain high amounts of calcium.
It is less fattening than made out to be.
Yes, our favorite cream does contain large amounts of saturated fat. That puts one in fear of eating the dessert for fear of spoiling the diet or unnecessary weight gain.
However, one serving of ice-cream contains about 10% of our needed energy intake a day. It contributes only about 15% of our daily requirement of fat. If eaten in moderation, ice-cream can still be enjoyed.
A source of vitamins and minerals
Ice-cream is also a source of important vitamins and minerals. It is rich in phosphorus, as well as Vitamins A,C,D and E.
Not a cause of colds
Our favorite dessert, contrary to popular belief does not cause coughs or colds and it is warmed up by the time it reaches the oesophagus.
Myths surrounding ice-cream
We have all grown up around the weight increasing, mucus producing and asthma causing features of dairy products. Some of these myths may not be as true as they seem, so certain of our fears should be debunked.
- Dairy products cause you to put on weight.
Dairy products are infamous for being the contributors of weight gain. In actual fact, adding three servings of LOW FAT dairy foods in a CALORIE CONTROLLED diet may actually result in weight loss.
- Spinach can substitute the calcium provision of dairy products.
There is more calcium in 1 cup of milk than 16 cups of spinach. Unless we are prepared to be Popeye, spinach cannot substitute milk as a calcium provider totally.
- People whose bodies are lactose intolerant should not consume calcium
Lactose intolerance is not an an allergic reaction to dairy products but rather the inability of the body to digest milk sugar lactose. Lactose free dairy products would therefore be a good alternative, and there is no need to avoid calcium totally.
- Dairy products cause asthma
Infants with milk allergies are prone to be asthmatic, but there is no research proving that dairy product consumption is a direct cause of asthma.
- Dairy products increase the risk of heart disease
A diet rich in saturated fat, regardless of the source is a cause of heart disease. Blame should not be shifted to the good old dairy product or ice-cream totally.
- Calcium supplements are a good substitute for dairy products.
Milk is a good source of calcium. It also contains other high quality nutrients such as protein, vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin; zinc; potassium and magnesium.
Fermented dairy products can also be a source of probiotic organisms excellent for gastrointestinal health.
- Dairy products cause mucus.
Some people mistake the thin film left in the mouth after consuming their ice-cream or milk as mucus.
It is, in fact, milk fat that melts near body temperature.
- The human digestive system cannot accept cow’s milk.
Humans are omnivorous and can eat animal and dairy products, because of our inherent lactose enzyme.
- Dairy products cause kidney stones.
It is suggested that calcium may actually bind to oxalates or organic acids in food, aiding digestion.
- Dairy products cause acne.
The fact that dairy products are a direct cause of acne has not been scientifically proven.
What is an epulaeryu?
An epulaeryu is a poetic form that highlights our favorite delicacies ,so I have decided to include an epulaeryu tribute to ice-cream The author Joseph Spence combined the Latin word “Epulae” for feast with the Japanese word Ryu or form. Hence we have the epulaeryu.
The epulaeryu has 33 syllables. The first line has seven, the next 5, the third seven, the fourth five and so on in this order:
The last line that contains only 1 syllable has to end with an exclamation mark. This is so as to emphasize, of course, the poets favorite food.
Enjoy this little poem to ice-cream.
An Epulaeryu tribute to ice-cream
So, the next time you decide to indulge in ice-cream, do not feel that pang of guilt, but remember to eat in moderation. Have a happy weekend!
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