As soon as summer arrives, children go crazy thinking about ice creams, since the heat seems the ideal season to eat them; in fact, if we offer ice cream in winter we will be judged as parents and we will be faced with strange faces and threatening looks indicating that it is an inappropriate decision. Is it a single and exclusive product to drink at high temperatures? We banish myth and we tell you the truths and lies about ice cream in the diet of children.
1, This is one of the first myths that we want to banish in reference to the consumption of ice cream in the children's diet. There is no ideal season for ice cream consumption, And while it is true that some - those made of ice for the most part - can be refreshing in summer, nothing prevents their consumption in winter, not even in the rain!
2. Like juices, ice creams have an ideal texture to produce cavities, since they cover all of the teeth and are distributed throughout the mouth in general. Its sugar content is also very high, especially in the case of industrial ice creams, whether they are cream or ice. Although it cannot be guaranteed that the consumption of ice cream causes cavities, it is true that they can approach this trend, so it is advisable to wash your teeth well after consumption.
3. And what is true with the 'theory' that ice cream is fattening? Obviously this is not a myth, all foods, except water, provide calories that can, depending on the type of diet and physical activity, end up forming part of the body's fat reserve, that is, increasing the risk of overweight and obesity . However, an occasional consumption of ice cream, preferably made at home, should not be problematic if the child is active and follows a balanced diet.
4. Ice cream, by itself, does not hurt the throat. Under normal conditions, the cold of the ice cream should not affect, and in cases where the throat is irritated, either after an operation or due to a viral or bacterial infection, they can even be beneficial, since the cold helps reduce inflammation . Of course, all this in its fair measure, since ice cream cannot be the base diet, no matter how beneficial they could be for the inflammation of the throat.
5. There is no magic number of ice creams that should or can be included in a child's diet. Ice creams are not a food full of nutrients like fruits and vegetables, and they are perfectly dispensable in a healthy diet, but occasionally, they can be incorporated into it without negatively affecting the child's health.
Ice creams can be basically grouped into two groups depending on their composition. The industrial ice creams They are usually made with water and sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and may sometimes contain fruit juices or nectars. The industrial cream ice cream they have a dairy base, either milk as such or one of its components, fat or cream, whey ... In addition, they contain sugars (or artificial sweeteners), flavorings and, depending on the flavor, they may contain additional ingredients such as cocoa or nuts.
For all these reasons, the best ice cream we can offer a child is the one we make ourselves at home. Making ice cream at home is really easy. We can make mini popsicles in an ice bucket, with orange or lemon juice and, when the ice begins to form, insert a small toothpick to hold it and eat it easily. Other options can be juices of other fruits, either squeezed or made in a blender with all its pulp, which would make the ice cream much healthier.
Cream ice creams are a bit more complicated, but they can still be made at home even without the help of a refrigerator. To start we can choose the ingredients, if it is a fruit ice cream we will have to make a porridge with the ripe fruit that we will mix with cream to obtain a creamy texture. If it is chocolate, we will probably have to add powdered milk to the cream, since the texture of the cream with cocoa is too liquid to make ice cream. The last step before tasting it is to beat frequently before the ice cream has completely frozen, to prevent the formation of ice crystals that would give a more grainy texture to the final mixture. In this last step we can also add pieces of chocolate, nuts or fresh fruit to give it a more special touch.
Taking care of the amount of sugar we add, homemade ice creams can be as healthy as smoothie or fruit juice.
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