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If you scream for ice cream, don’t fret! Here’s how to make it part of a healthy diet.

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Millions of Americans enjoy ice cream every day. If you’re one of them, you may be interested to find out that what’s in your ice cream is not all bad. Of course, there are often ingredients in ice cream that you will want to limit in your diet, but there’s also usually some good stuff in there, too.

This video shows you what’s good—and not so good—about ice cream and how you can incorporate this sweet treat into a healthy eating plan. As you’ll see, when it comes to ice cream or any sweet treat, moderation is important. Stick to a small serving on occasion and you can enjoy ice cream throughout the summer and all year long, unless your doctor has suggested that you avoid it completely.

Ready to lick your lips? Watch this video or read on for some cool facts about your favorite frozen treat…

    • 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any time and eat 48 pints of ice cream each year.
    • Although not exactly a health food, ice cream contains calcium, potassium and magnesium. This helps maintain healthy blood pressure and keeps bones strong.
    • It also contains protein, an important component of every cell in your body.
    • Other nutrients may include vitamin A, vitamin D, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.
    • What gives ice cream a bad rap is that it is often loaded with sugar, saturated fat and calories. Ingredients also make a difference, so choose ice cream with a simple ingredient list.
    • Ice cream can be part of a healthy diet—just stick to a ½ cup serving (1 average scoop).

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Date Last Reviewed: April 5, 2022

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