Ice Cream and The Benefits of Calcium
There may be more benefits of calcium than you think. It does much more than just strengthen bones. A calcium-enriched diet is definitely something you need to take into consideration to maintain a healthy life.
Benefits of Calcium
- Prevents kidney stones
- Increases bone strength
- Lowers risk of stroke
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreases risk of heart disease
- Eases menstrual pains
- Strengthens your teeth
- Keeps the weight off
Did you catch that last one? It helps you lose and maintain weight. Adding dairy products to your diet can help you get rid of those unwanted pounds and keep them off. Calcium is good for pushing fat into the bloodstream where it is more likely to be burned up. You can get that extra boost of calcium from products such as yogurt, cheese and milk. However, if you want to really enjoy your dairy intake, do it the fun way by eating ice cream every day!
The Right Time for Ice Cream
There has been a lot of controversy about what time of day is the best time to eat the majority of your calories. Some say eat larger calorie foods in the morning, while others say calories are still calories no matter when you eat them. While the last part of that sentence is somewhat true, your metabolism is working at its best in the daytime. If you are planning on making ice cream a daily treat, try eating it either in the morning or early afternoon while you are active. If you’re only able to eat it in the evening, try enjoying it after a good workout. At least this way, you’ll have boosted your metabolism again.
What to Avoid
Eating ice cream right out of the carton. Instead of grabbing the pint and a spoon, scoop out a serving into a bowl instead. Eating straight out of the container tends to result in finishing the container. Even though the benefits of calcium are great, overindulging is never healthy. The point is to enjoy the ice cream, not overdo it.
Ice creams 125 calories (or higher) per serving. If for some reason you don’t like the taste of low-calorie ice cream, stick with the regular kind--just be sure to use a little more portion control or only help yourself to no more than 2 to 3 servings of it per week.
Being lazy. Ice cream can be a wonderful comfort food. Get your enjoyment from it, but don’t stop exercising. Remember, changing your diet alone will not help you lose weight.
Overdoing it on other high-calorie foods. Eating ice cream on a regular basis is a great way to curb your cravings for heavily indulging on other high-calorie foods. Watch your calorie intake when you sit down at meals or when you decide that you want something sweet. Beware of fat-free ice creams. Fat-free also means high sugar, and sugar makes those calories add up.
Think Outside the Icebox
If you find yourself getting burnt out on ice cream, there are other treats that you can use as a substitution.
- Low-calorie pudding
- Frozen yogurt
- Fruit and yogurt smoothies
Don’t be afraid to dress up your scoop a bit—ice cream is supposed to be enjoyable, not boring! As long as you’re eating your ice cream the right way you will do just fine. Keep those scoops coming and enjoy the results of looking great and feeling great from the benefits of calcium.
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