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Ice Cream – Summer time solace with health benefits
March 18, 2017

Summer time and the only solace we find is in ice creams, and once we decide to have ice creams – the right flavour for the right mood sets us free from all stress and strain of a workaholic lifestyle. This interesting food item has some equally interesting past history – During the 5th century BC, ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, encouraged his Ancient Greek patients to eat ice “as it livens the life-juices and increases the well-being.” In 400 BC, the Persians invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavours. The Roman Emperor Nero (37–68 AD) had ice brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings to create chilled delicacies. In the sixteenth century, the Mughal emperors used relays of horsemen to bring ice from the Hindu Kush to Delhi, where it was used in fruit sorbets.

Today, modern machineries are employed to manufacture ice creams in factories, to satisfy the taste buds of the consumers. Ice cream is such a sweetened frozen food, which is being loved across all age groups. However, a scoop of ice cream can be beneficial to your health in many ways.

There is no denying that ice cream isn’t exactly a health food. Its main ingredients are cream, milk, sugar and flavouring. That being said, ice cream does provide your body with a handful of key nutrients, including bone-strengthening calcium and phosphorus, blood-pressure-lowering potassium and energizing B vitamins. It also provides a decent amount of protein, which is important in tissue repair and cell growth. Here’s a reason women may want to indulge in ice cream: A Harvard study published in the journal Human Reproduction suggests that consuming full-fat milk or ice cream may improve your chances of having a baby.

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    1. Interesting information about the history of ice cream. It certainly is ice cream time in India. As it is already hot and one would certainly want to taste different variety of ice creams. I feel family packs seem the best as they have sufficient quantity and can be had by the whole family too. The price also turns out to be better when compared to the other smaller varieties available in the market.

      True consuming ice cream is not good if consumed more as is the case of other food items too. But summer is the time when one can taste different varieties and have some fun. Each brand also tastes different based on the quantity of ingredients which they use. Looking forwarding to tasting some as the season progresses. Thanks for the share.

    2. super intersting, i like to eat ice cream from time to time, winter or summer or automn or any season, i like ice cream but the un artificial one is better, i tried Ice cream when i visited turkey is one of the best ever ice cream you would eat, its due to the fact

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