Articles on ice cream

Don't Scream for Ice Cream

Ms. Raminder Kaur Deshmukh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
HOW DOES THE ICE-CREAM AD MISLEAD YOU?We know that milk carries a lot of nutritional benefits. We always advise our children to have their daily glass of milk. Recently one leading manufacturer has started marketing it's ice-creams as milk (see photograph of the newspaper advert). Being a nutritionist, I could not digest the claim and did some research on my own. I found the following information about ice-creams and cow milk ( see images of comparison tables).Comparing the three main food groups( i.e. carbohydrates, proteins and fats), we can see that ice-cream comes nowhere near the goodness of milk. Also, ice-cream contains only Calcium whereas cow milk contains many more vitamins, minerals etc. and also healthy amounts of water.Carbs (in terms of sugar): ice cream contains 10.7 gm % as compared to unsugared cow milk at 4.4%. It also explains the difference in calorie content to a large extent (115 cal/100 ml in ice-cream and 67 cal/100 ml in cow milk). Definitely not a good news for weight watchers.Fat: ice-cream at 7.1 gm % ( 4.9% saturated fat) compares poorly with low fat milk at 4.1%. Bad news for all.Protein: Cow milk is definitely better as it contains 60% more protein than ice-cream (3.2 gm% vs 2 gm%).In addition, except Calcium ice-cream does not contain any other vitamin or mineral. Cow milk contains Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B and C and small amounts of Iron.Thus it appears that the Ice-cream ad is a deliberate attempt to mislead gullible health conscious people. An occasional pleasurable dessert, yes, but replacement for your daily glass of milk?

After Reading This You Will Not Have to Worry About Calories in Magnum Ice Cream!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The summer is here! And along with it our unrequited love for ice creams!  I think we speak for all when we say that summer won’t be summers without a little ice cream indulgence.And just to put emphasis on our point, enter the delicious magnum ice cream, with it's enticing posters which seem nothing short of a fantasy world full of beautifully carved ice creams being enjoyed by beautifully sculpted divas like Kareena Kapoor; in short the perfect vision of paradise where angels are allowed to enjoy as much sinful indulgences as they want without having to worry about the calorie explosion. But we sadly live in the real world where too much ice cream can start getting in the way of the closing of our jeans' button more than underlining the painful reminder that life is real sans the fantasy.The science of craving is such that our brain just at the site of a tempting bowl of ice cream ignites the pleasure centres creating an absolute need to have ice cream at that moment. It continually reminds us how smooth and tantalizing its taste is and how happy it made us the last time we had it. So we naturally go weak in the knees and after a bout of half-hearted reminders of how it will ruin our diet we relinquish and just sit down with our own bowl which promises to give us a lifetime of happiness and other thoughts only kick in when the damage is done. Since, it is foolish to act against the force of nature (read love), we decided to plan out your whole magnum treat. Starting from its nutritional value, calories involved to how to burn away the guilt! Leaving us with the promise of living many more memorable reunions with our beloved!Nutritional chart of the three magnums bars available:NutrientsMagnum Classic (87g= 1 bar)Magnum Almond (79g= 1 bar)Magnum Chocolate Truffle (83g= 1 bar)Calories300270340Carbohydrates26g (1g dietary +25g sugars)24g (1g dietary +22g sugars + 1g sugar alcohol)34g (2g dietary +29g sugars + 3g sugar alcohol)Fat20g18g21gProteins4g4g4gCholesterol25mg25mg20mgSodium55mg50mg50mgVitamin A4%4%4%Calcium10%10%10%Iron10%6%15%Now, how to burn the ingested 300 calories* after the moment of eternal bliss has passed and faded.Dance the calories off: That’s right! Dancing to any dance fitness program for 40 minutes will make those 300 calories fade away instantly.Do the stairs run: Just run up and down the stairs for 30 minutes and say a mental goodbye to the guilt pangs that erupted right after you finished eating.Groove to Zumba tunes: Another fun way to burn off more than 300 calories is a one hour session of zumba where you do not realize when the calories burn away as you end up having so much fun.Walk it out: A one hour session of brisk walking will make those calories evaporate off from your body leaving you refreshed.Step on the pedal: One hour of cycling at moderate speed can help you balance out the ice cream bulk and leave you glowing.Jump to happiness: Jumping rope is another effective way to cast away unwanted calories, just do this for 30 minutes and feel the elation of being an angel who never has to worry about her waist.Swim to guilt-free lands of pleasure: A one hour session of swimming can also help you burn those 300 annoying calories which got served to you without your permission.Apart from these you can always go check out more home exercises which can help get in shape and let you enjoy your magnum on the side.*the result of fat burn varies from person to person with respect to their age and weight.Even though the magnums are high in calories like every other ice cream, it also has a fair amount of essential nutrients like vitamin A, calcium and iron which help our body function well. The high carbohydrate content will help provide an instant boost of energy in a fuel deprived body but be aware if your body is not fuel deprived, this extra carbohydrates will just make room in your fat cells adding to your weight. So be careful if you are already full, gorging on one of these decadent beauties can lead to definite expansion of the waist!Another thing which stares right at us is the cholesterol level which is bound to be high as ice creams are made of whole milk and cream but remember- high cholesterol foods are usually taken by people trying to gain weight or muscle – so if you are not the one to hit the gym on a regular basis try to avoid foods which are high on cholesterol.Being mindful of the number of times you indulge can be a key solution to balancing your weight and craving, along with some exercise of course. So just remember to indulge only a calculated number of times so that the times you do end up eating it, you enjoy it to the fullest. Research shows that the more number of times you feed your craving, the higher your craving levels go. So discipline that mind of yours to maintain that body of yours!

Is Ice-Cream a Source of Dairy?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Ice-cream is one of the most favorite milk based dessert. For some it’s a reward for scoring well in exams, for some it is to celebrate a special moment and some eat it leisurely as a source of calcium. But can this dairy product contribute to your daily calcium requirements and maintain your bone strength? Let’s find out -Ice-cream is made by churning and chilling a mixture containing high-fat milk or cream, fructose or glucose-based sweeteners, usually in the form of corn syrup, and flavorings such as vanilla or chocolate. When the mixture freezes, it develops the rich, creamy consistency of ice-cream.The nutritional content of different type of ice-creams varies but in general it is an energy dense food. It mainly comprises of carbohydrates and fats. Half a cup of ice-cream contains 15-18 gms of carbohydrates and 7-10 gms of fat. Half a cup of vanilla ice-cream provides 137 calories, as compared to 1 glass of skimmed milk which has 93 calories majorly providing good quality protein.Ice-cream is a high-fat food, since it must contain greater than 10 percent milk fat to be designated ice-cream, with some products having as much as 16 percent. Milk fat is largely cholesterol, a saturated fat. When your blood cholesterol level is too high, it can build up as plaque, a fatty deposit in your arteries that interferes with blood flow and raises your risk of heart disease and stroke. Ice-cream is also high in sugar, which makes up the majority of its carbohydrate content. Consuming too much sugar may contribute to health problems such as weight gain, cavities and increased levels of blood triglycerides, another unhealthy type of fat.According to experts, foods made from milk which have little to no calcium, such as full cream milk cheese, butter, ice-cream are not considered part of the dairy group. These products contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat and if consumed on regular basis can increase risk of lifestyle diseases like heart disease, diabetes, weight gain etc. To lower your risk for high cholesterol and sugar-related problems, consume ice-cream in moderation or chose low fat substitutes. Some ice-cream substitutes like frozen desserts are marketed as a low fat low calorie product but these can be high in sugar containing as high as 40 gms of sugar. So, the rule of thumb is to eat your favorite scoop in moderation and pick healthy milk derivatives like low fat milk, low fat cottage cheese, curd and buttermilk to complete your daily calcium requirement.

Does Your Ice Cream Hurt Your Teeth?

Dr. Poorvi Chothani Kachwala, Dentist
In most cases, teeth are sensitive because their protective outer layers—enamel over the crown, or cementum over the root—have worn away. That exposes your tooth's dentin, which is full of tiny tubes with sensitive nerve endings running through them. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), tooth sensitivity is usually triggered when eating hot or cold foods, and can be caused by:periodontal (gum) diseasetooth decay and exposure of roots at the gumlineaggressive toothbrushingwearing away of the enamel, the hard surface that protects the nerves of each tooth Try these tips for healthier, pain-free teeth:Swap Your ToothbrushBrushing can help keep your teeth healthy, but using a hard-bristled toothbrush or a highly abrasive toothpaste can aggravate sensitive teeth. Instead, swap out your usual toothbrush for a softer product, and brush your teeth gently.Avoid Acidic FoodsCertain foods, such as carbonated drinks, coffee, citrus fruits and even yogurt, can cause sensitivity. This is because acidic products can actually to the wear away of tooth enamel. Consider avoiding them altogether, and if you must have your daily soda, do so by drinking through a straw to limit the contact the liquid has with your teeth. Additionally, don't brush your teeth right after eating or drinking acidic foods; acid softens your enamel and makes your teeth even more sensitive if brushed against too quickly. Instead, have a glass of milk to help neutralize the acid.Wear a Mouth GuardDo you grind your teeth at night? If you suffer with sensitive teeth, you might, even if you don't realize it. Teeth grinding can wear away tooth enamel so they feel sore and sensitive the next day. A mouth guard can help keep you from grinding: You can get one from your dentist or find it in the oral care section of your drug store. This item acts as a protective bite piece that is placed on your teeth to protect the enamel, similar to those worn by athletes in contact sportsTooth Paste for Sensitive teethLots of tooth pastes are available in the market. But just brushing with them doesn't help.You need to apply the paste on your sensitive areas and wait for a minute, let the paste act and then brush it off.Home RemediesClove Oil can help to a certain extent to relieve pain.

Banana Milkshake – Fattening?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Banana milkshake is one of those preparations that everyone loves, regardless of age or taste preferences. However, due to the general perception of “it’s sweet…must be unhealthy”, its fan following is relatively low.What all goes into a banana milkshake?Banana milkshake is basically banana blended in milk – two simple ingredients, neither of which is unhealthy on its own. Banana has negligible fat content, whereas milk being a dairy product helps in reducing the storage of belly fat and neither add unnecessary sugar to blood stream.In fact, banana milkshake – combined with whey protein – makes for an excellent post workout snack because it provides a balanced amount of carbohydrates and proteins that help strengthen muscles. Besides these benefits, combination of banana and milk provides protein, fibre, calcium, vitamins, and minerals, which certainly don’t make you fat. Proteins help in muscle growth; vitamins and minerals increase metabolic rate and help body in functioning more efficiently and fibre keeps you full for longer and helps clean out plaque from arteries. The fat from milk improves nutrient absorption.If you’re worried about calories in bananas and milk, then 1 banana is about 100 calories and 1 glass of low fat milk is about 60-80 calories. So, a plain banana milkshake would be about 160-180 calories. The total calorie from this preparation is lower than a bag of chips (about 600 calories).Additives like sugar, ice cream, unhealthy sweet syrups and all the extra flavourings are loaded with calories, and responsible for “unhealthy” and “fattening” tags on banana milkshake. Simple banana milkshake is loaded with benefits and doesn’t add any unnecessary fat to your body.Health benefits of bananaBananas are a healthy source of carbohydrates and help our body produce energy.They are a good source of potassium and magnesium and help in maintaining normal blood pressure while promoting bone health along with optimal electrolyte balance.They are rich in the soluble fibre, pectin – which aids healthy digestion and relieves constipation.Health benefits of milkMilk has rich calcium content, which helps in maintaining bone density.Phosphorus in milk helps generate energy in the body’s cells and strengthen bones.It contains potassium, which is essential for muscle activity and contractions.Vitamin A in milk regulates cell growth, integrity of the immune system and maintains normal vision and healthy skin.Here are some simple and healthy banana milkshake/smoothie recipes:Quick Banana MilkshakePreparation Time: 5 minutesServing: 1Ingredients:1 banana1 cup skim milk/1 cup plain yogurt3 ice cubes1 tsp ground cinnamon powder/green cardamomMethod:Put banana, milk/yogurt, ice and cinnamon in a blender; puree until smooth.Nutritional value (1 glass – 250 ml):Calories: 170 calsCarbohydrate: 33 gProtein: 9 gFat: 0.7 gPhosphorus: 170 mgCalcium: 200 mgHealthy Nut Banana SmoothiePreparation Time: 5 minutesServing: 1Ingredients:1 banana1 cup skim milk8-10 soaked almonds3 ice cubes1 tsp ground cinnamon powder/green cardamomMethod:Put banana, milk, soaked almonds, ice and cinnamon in a blender; puree until smooth.Nutritional value (1 glass – 250 ml):Calories: 230 calsCarbohydrate: 35 gProtein: 12 gFat: 6.7 gPhosphorus: 220 mgCalcium: 220 mgTry these recipes next time you’re craving a yummy banana milkshake.

Be a Yogurt Guru: Recipes to Make Yogurt Replace Your Daily Face Cream

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Yogurt is not only one of the healthiest foods, but at the same time it works wonders for our skin too. Yogurt is a natural probiotic and contains healthy bacteria along with many other nutrients like proteins and vitamin B12 that nourish our skin. Here are a few quick recipes using this miracle ingredient for your face that will make you bid adieu to your daily face cream:Sour curd face packSour curd itself is a very good cleansing as well as nourishing pack. Just massage your face with 1-2 tablespoons of fresh curd to remove dead cells, cleanse the skin and defeat acne.Curd and olive oilPrepare a mixture of 2 tablespoons of fresh curd and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and apply it on your skin. Keep it on for half an hour and wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help in reducing wrinkles, dryness and prevent premature aging.Orange peel and curd packThis pack on being used regularly improves the skin complexion and also reduces tan. All you have to do is mix 2 teaspoons of orange peel powder with 2 tablespoons of curd. Apply this mix on entire face and let it dry. Before washing, take some oil and gently rub it on face in circular motions. This helps in exfoliating your skin. Wash it off with cold water.Curd and fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) face packFuller’s earth is known for its anti ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. It tones and firms the skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works well when mixed with curd, so make a mixture by mixing 4 tablespoons of fuller’s Earth and curd to make a smooth paste. You can even add few drops of lemon juice if you have oily skin or one tablespoon of olive oil for dry skin. Apply this mixture all over the face, let it dry and wash it off with cold water.Curd, honey and lemon juice packThis pack works wonders for those constantly plagued with dry skin with an oily T-zone. Make this pack by mixing 2 tablespoons of curd, 1 tablespoon of organic honey and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Apply this paste on your face and rinse after it has completely dried. The honey helps moisturize the skin while the vitamin C and citric acid in lemon act as a bleach and anti-oxidant, removing tan and making you look more radiant.Curd and tomato face packThis pack is especially useful for oily skin as it helps in deep cleansing and also prevents acne and zits from recurring. Make a paste of a tomato and add a tablespoon of thick curd to it. Mix it well and apply on the face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

9 Best Late Night Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

Dr. Pallavi Jassal
Best Late Night SnacksWith our changing routine, we all are victims to those late night cravings which don’t let us sleep. The cravings are so strong that we either end up ordering pizza or munching that junk food we have stored up.Low Calories Snacks for Weight LossTry these easy and healthy late night snacks. It may take a bit more time than your ordered pizza but trust me you won’t regret the wait. As they don’t leave you so full that you keep changing sides the whole night instead leave you healthy.Late Night SnacksPopcornYes, everyone's favorite popcorn. Try switching to plain popcorn instead of those fattening chips. Cook the plain popcorn which takes less than 5 minutes add some spices and salt to taste. You can also use low-calorie cheese to curb that creamy craving.Sliced BananasEvery other day we crave for ice cream our favorite dessert. Holding your horses there once a while is ok, but it can be on regular basis. Keep some sliced bananas in the freezer when you crave for ice cream take the whipped slices add few nuts to it and enjoy a healthy dessert.SandwichInstead of a cheese grilled sandwich try making a sandwich out of whole wheat bread and stuff it with your favorite veggies and a low-fat cheese. This will let you sleep guilt free.Strawberry ShakeA glass of water into the mixer with 2 tablespoons of yogurt and two to three strawberries makes a perfect protein shake. Healthy in nature also curbs down your late night hunger leaving you light but full.Yogurt and Fruits Fruits with some low-fat yogurt will keep you full and help losing weight. For an antioxidant boost, use fresh fruits. A slice of papaya and this yogurt tastes great.Dried FigsYou can call them natural candies as they taste just like candies. If you have a sweet tooth it’s the best solution for your late night craving. To make it more exciting you can sprinkle some dried figs with light low-fat cheese and dig in.Dark ChocolateIf you are a chocolate lover and can’t stop yourself from consuming it late night.  Switch to dark chocolate instead which is 70% cocoa and has less sugar than the regular chocolates. Rich in antioxidant it’s a bonus for you so go on enjoy your chocolate, but remember an excess of everything is bad.PretzelsPretzels especially multi-grain are tasty and really healthy too. These are the best alternative to the chips you end up munching due to late night craving. If consumed with yogurt it boosts up your metabolism.Smoothie cubesAnother alternate for ice- cream lovers. Prepare your favorite smoothies with milk or with yogurt and pour them into ice trays. You can also pour some strawberry or banana shake as they are healthy too. Now you are prepared for that enemy of yours…. yes the late night craving!With all these late night food you can sleep peacefully without being guilty of having compromised on your health. Go ahead eat up!!!!!!