5 ‘Health’ Reasons It’s Okay to Eat a Pint of Ice Cream
Doctors say that ice cream is one of the worst things you can eat. But in today’s society you can find a source to back up any wild claim you want; for example, Dr. Oz’s blog and SFGate used studies conducted by Harvard to refute logic with tangential “facts” that can totally make you feel a-okay about eating that entire pint of ice cream. This is how the internet works its magic:
It is Technically a Source of Energy
Because ice cream is so high in carbohydrates (roughly 15 grams in a half a cup, or one serving) an entire pint would have you bouncing off of the walls in no time. You do need carbs for energy, but you should be getting them elsewhere, from healthier sources.
It May Help Improve Fertility
The journal Human Reproduction published a Harvard study that suggested consuming full-fat milk or ice cream may improve a woman’s chances of having a baby. All we know for sure is that it certainly works in the other direction; pregnant women are notorious for strange cravings and insatiable appetites.
Just as every cloud has a silver lining, ice cream has important nutrients that your body needs, like calcium and vitamins A, C, D, and E. However, ice cream is not the best way to get them.
It Helps You Lose Weight
Hilariously, folks at the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that “women who ate at least one daily serving of full-fat dairy products, such as ice cream, gained less weight than those who didn’t.” While they do admit that one shouldn’t ever sit down and eat a tub of ice cream every night to lose weight, we’re pretty sure there are at least a few people out there who took those results as permission to do just that.
It Makes You Smile
If you ascribe to the logic “if it feels good, it must be good,” then have at that pint! All kidding aside, ice cream does trigger stimulation of the pleasure center in your brain. An indulgence every now-and-then is fine, but you shouldn’t consider this a regular food to work into your diet.
It may feel like these reasons are solid enough to justify eating a whole pint, but we implore you to reconsider. After all, in a report we did on Foods Doctors Won’t Eat and Why, ice cream was emphatically discouraged:
"The worst food for humans," states Dr. Hirt. "It is chock-full of chemicals, hormones, and pasteurized dairy. Pasteurization changes the proteins of milk. It has saturated fats and, worst of all, sugar in it." And as far as his opinion on frozen yogurt? "Not much better at all. It all has sugar, which has ruined more of human civilization than any ingredient."