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Ice cream Quick Facts
Name: Ice cream
Origin The origin of ice cream was traced back to 4th century B.C.
Taste Sweet
Calories 137 Kcal./cup
Major nutrients Vitamin D (33.33%)
Total Fat (20.74%)
Vitamin B2 (12.15%)
Carbohydrate (11.98%)
Vitamin C (11.33%)
Health benefits Source of Vitamins, Provides energy, Presence of minerals, Mood swings
More facts about Ice cream
Ice cream is the frozen food which is mostly consumed as a dessert. It is made with the use of cream and milk or fruits and flavoring agents. Sugar or artificial sweeteners are used to sweeten ice cream. Colorings, flavorings and stabilizers are also used. The mixture is whisked to combine air spaces and cooled down to the water’s freezing point in order to prevent formation of detectable ice crystals. It forms semi-solid and smooth foam which becomes solid in low temperatures. It is consumed with spoons or placed in cones. It is also used to make the desserts such as sundaes, ice cream floats, baked items and milkshakes.


The origin of ice cream was traced back to 4th century B.C. Roman emperor Nero brought ice from mountains and mixed with the toppings of fruit. King Tang produced the concoctions of milk and ice. It was brought from China. It was consumed by Americans when it was imported to US. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington served it to the guests.


  1. Hard Ice Cream

It is made with cream, sugar, milk and eggs. It contains the flavoring ingredients such as chocolate, vanilla and fruit.

  1. French Ice Cream

It is made with a base of custard that contains cream, milk, egg yolks, flavorings, sugar and stabilizers.

  1. Soft Ice Cream

It is made with milk, sugar, cream, stabilizers and flavorings. It is stored as liquid ice cream mix which is served in a cone or bowl.

  1. Light Ice Cream

It is formed with the use of milk ingredients, stabilizers, sugar and flavorings which have 25% low milk fat in comparison to hard ice cream.

  1. Reduced Fat Ice Cream

It is made with low fat milk ingredients, stabilizers, sugar and flavorings. The fat content differs.

  1. Fat-free Frozen Dairy Dessert

It is formed with ingredients of modified milk, natural sweeteners as well as stabilizers.  It has 0.1% fat in a serving.

  1. No Sugar Added Ice Cream or Frozen Dairy Dessert

It is made with stabilizers and milk ingredients. It has low amount of fat in comparison to other ice cream.

  1. Lactose-free Ice Cream

It is made with added lactase enzyme and has no detectable lactose.

  1. Gluten-Free Ice Cream

It is great for the people who are sensitive to gluten.

  1. Organic Ice Cream

It is made with organic milk and various ingredients.

  1. Italian-style Gelato

It is made with more amount of milk in comparison to cream, sugar, egg yolks, sweeteners and flavorings. It has got intense flavor.

Nutritional value

In a serving size of 66 grams, we could find 137 calories, 40.26 grams of moisture, 2.31 grams of protein, 7.26 grams of fat, 0.59 grams of ash, 15.58 grams of carbohydrate, 0.5 grams of dietary fiber and 14.01 grams of total sugars. It covers about 33.33% of Vitamin D along with 20.74% total lipid fat, 12.15% of vitamin B2, 11.98% of carbohydrate, 11.33% of Vitamin C, 11.14% of Vitamin A, 10.83% of Vitamin B12, 9.86% of phosphorus, 8.40% of calcium, 7.72% of Isoleucine, 7.66% of Vitamin B5, 6.82% of tryptophan, 6.77% of valine, 5.65% of leucine, 5.45% of threonine and 5.08% of lysine.

Health Benefits of Ice cream

Ice cream is loved by everyone. A scoop of ice cream could provide some health benefits. It contains the Vitamins such as Vitamin B12, B6, D, C and E. It is also an excellent source of fats, proteins and carbohydrates which is essential for the production of energy to the body. It also prevents the formation of kidney stones, PMS and mood swings.

  1. Source of Vitamins

Ice cream is a great source of nutrients and packed with Vitamin C, E, D, B6 and B12 as well as Vitamin K. The presence of Vitamin K thins the blood and prevents the chances of blood clotting. It is a great source of niacin, antioxidants, riboflavin and thiamine. It helps to stimulate an immune system and promotes the functions of nerves and organs.

  1. Provides energy

Ice cream is considered as an excellent source of energy. It also has good amount of fats, carbohydrates and proteins for the formation of energy. The moderate amounts of ice cream won’t result in weight gain.

  1. Presence of minerals

It is a great source of phosphorus and calcium which assist in making the teeth and bones health. It stimulates the cardiovascular health and functions of kidney. In the deficiency of phosphorus, the body won’t be able to absorb calcium. It also maintains the health of joints and prevents the chances of PMS.

  1. Mood swings

It has a compound that promotes the formation of thrombotonin which prevents mood swings and uplifts mood. It lowers the level of stress. It soothe the nervous system, promotes brain and prevents the chances of insomnia.


  • Ice cream contains fat so its excessive intake would raise the cholesterol in blood which could lead to the plaque buildup.
  • It might increase the blood pressure.
  • Ice cream has high amount of sugar that could lead to rise in blood sugar, weight gain and abnormal fluctuations of hormones.
  • It should not be used by the people who are intolerant to lactose.
  • It is rich in calcium which might cause constipation, poor appetite, kidney pain, nausea, frequent urination, excessive thirst, apathy, muscle twitches, irritability and depression.
  • It contains Aldehyde C-17 which is also used in plastics, dyes and rubber.
  • It should not be consumed on an empty stomach.
  • It lowers the carbohydrate absorption in blood stream that strains pancreas and rises the chances of pancreatic dysfunction.
  • It may cause the infection of sinus.
  • The presence of lactose might cause digestive problems such as bloating, flatulence etc.

How to Eat         

  • It is usually consumed as a snack or dessert.
  • It could be consumed with spoons or put in cones.
  • It is also served with apple pie.
  • It is used to make milkshakes, sundaes and ice cream floats.

Other Facts        

  • Vanilla is the top selling flavor of ice cream.
  • One gallon of ice cream could be made with one pound of cream and 5.8 pounds of whole milk.
  • Beer flavored ice cream, Buckwheat ice cream and Parmesan gelato are the strange flavors of ice cream.
  • In America, most of the ice cream is produced in California.
  • About 50 licks are required to finish a single scoop of ice cream cone.
  • July is considered as the National Ice cream Month in U.S.
  • S is the top most producer of ice cream in the world.
  • In 1660, ice cream reached to France.
  • Ice cream was called as cream ice.
  • In New York City, Italo Marchiony made the first cone of ice cream.
  • February is considered as the National Ice Cream for the Breakfast Day.






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