Let’s make every meal, ice cream only. That’s right. For the next few months, you will eat only ice cream. Sounds delicious. Which ice cream would be best for you? How would you need to store it? What would it do to your body and could you lose weight?
Ice cream is a pillar of our diet. In the U.S alone, an average person enjoys 10 kg ( 23 lb) of ice cream every year. And, there is a huge variety of flavors out there, from familiar choices like chocolate and vanilla to the most creative ones like horseflesh. Yes, that’s right. Step right up and taste the meat of a horse. But, what’s the nutritional value of ice cream? And how much would you need to eat everyday?
The nutrition in ice cream varies wildly depending on the brand, flavor, and type. So, which one should you pick? Just be aware that ice cream is loaded with calories, sugar, and fat, and the premium ice creams are even worse. If you are a woman looking to get pregnant, Well, this might be the diet for you.
One study showed that women who ate high-fat dairy increased their chances of getting pregnant more than those who consumed skim milk and fat-free yogurt instead. If you are not looking to get pregnant, you should think twice before eating a lot of ice cream. On the other hand, though, low-fat or no-sugar-added products will still have the same number of calories as regular ice cream.
Remember it, check the ingredients and stay away from ice cream with sweeteners or guar gum, a food thickener. Especially if you want to avoid side effects, such as bloating, gas, and cramps
If you have to eat store-bought ice cream, choose the ice cream with a small number of easy to read ingredients Alright, you chose your ice cream. What you do next?
Well, you would need to store it properly. Ice cream that has melted but then refrozen could be a breeding ground for bacteria like Listeria. If you eat ice cream contaminated with L. monocytogenes, you may develop a disease called listeriosis. That could cause fever, loss of balance and convulsions. In extreme cases, you could die.
Yeah, so, scoop your ice cream into a bowl, and then place the container right back in the freezer. And always use a clean spoon. No double-dipping. During your first day, you’d eat about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) of ice cream. That’s how much you would need to reach your daily requirement of protein and, give you about 2000 calories.
You’d feel great, almost stronger. Ice cream contains a lot of phosphorus and calcium, both critical for muscle function and skeletal health. Eating this much ice cream might also stabilize your blood pressure as the calcium, potassium, and magnesium included in ice cream are good for keeping your blood pressure in check.
You would probably feel active, maybe even hyperactive. “Why didn’t I try this diet sooner?” But before cheering too much, be aware that for every 65 gr (0.14 lb) of ice cream you eat, you’re also getting 24 gr (0.05 lb) of sugar. Ideally, you shouldn’t eat more than 50 g (1.7 oz) of sugar per day, but if you do the math, you just ate 23 times the recommended amount. And that’s just your first day.
Keep in mind that an excessive sugar intake could lead to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. You might notice that you’re feeling colder than usual during the following days, and you could develop a mild, chronic headache. Your energy levels might drop too, but that’s common for low-carb diets. Now, when I say diet, you would have eaten 16.5 kg (36.4 lb) of sugar by the end of the first month. It doesn’t sound healthy, does it?
On the other hand, you would have eaten 16.5 kg (36.4 lb) of sugar by the end of the first month. Mmm, it doesn’t sound healthy, does it? And, remember, ice cream doesn’t contain a lot of nutrients. So, since that’s all you’re been eating, your body would lack the vitamins and minerals it needs. As the weeks went by, your body would start craving savory food, and you wouldn’t enjoy eating ice cream like you used to.
That’s because this frozen treat alters the reward center of the brain. You’ll need to eat more and more to get the same euphoric feeling. You could start feeling less sharp, and your memory might get worse due to the high amount of fat and sugar in ice cream. It could also cause sleep disturbances. On the bright side, you might start seeing some weight loss.Yeah.
Eventually, you’d give up this diet. Your body would deteriorate to the point that you couldn’t take it any longer. Your body needs vitamins, minerals, and fiber to be healthy, and an ice cream diet can’t supply everything you need. If anything, it’s so rich in sugar and fat that you would put yourself at risk of a stroke or other significant issue.
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