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How (un)healthy is ice cream?

The first warm summer days are a fact and so the ice season begins again. Enjoying a cup of malaga or chocolate ice cream. Because yes, we Dutch love ice cream. The average consumption in recent years has even risen from 6.5 to no less than 8 litres per person in the...

How do you talk to someone about their chronic illness?

I have a chronic disease that has a significant impact on my functioning. I get a lot of remarks about that thrown to my head. I'm sure that's why many people with chronic illnesses are reserved to be open about what's going on with them. Reverse view I myself think...
How (un)healthy is ice cream?

How (un)healthy is ice cream?

The first warm summer days are a fact and so the ice season begins again. Enjoying a cup of malaga or chocolate ice cream. Because yes, we Dutch love ice cream. The average consumption in recent years has even risen from 6.5 to no less than 8 litres per person in the Netherlands. A large amount, in other words. This is also because the number of ice cream parlours in the Netherlands has increased. But that is nothing compared to the United States. There they consume no less than 24 litres of ice cream per person per year. Anyway, is all this ice cream that good for your health? Today we take a closer look at ice cream. Is this recommended or not?

How healthy are the ingredients?

Ice cream is probably the snack we all do sometimes. Because, of course, it is delicious such a fresh, traditionally made Italian ice cream. But let’s be honest: it’s not exactly the best thing to eat for your health. It contains a lot of sugars and fats. Not to mention the E-numbers, colourings and calories. If you want to live a really healthy life, you’ll have to leave it at least once in a while and certainly not 8 litres a year.

Is there nothing healthy about ice cream? Yes, there is! The basis of ice consists of eggs and milk, which provide protein, calcium and amino acids. And when fresh fruit is used, sometimes vitamin C is also present in ice. Chocolate ice cream contains anti oxidants that help your body to remove waste products and thus prevent aging.

Ice cream makes you happy!

Of course there is also scientific research done on eating ice cream. What are the effects on your mood? This research by the University of Amsterdam shows that ice cream makes you happier. It stimulates the so-called ‘pleasure centres’ in the brain. In short, eating an ice cream makes you happy. This is also a good reason, of course, to sin once in a while. And no, you don’t have to eat a whole bucket of ice cream!

New types of ice cream

Healthy is hip, so we see all kinds of new types of ice cream appearing in the shop. Lactose and sugar-free ice cream, new types of sorbet ice cream and yoghurt ice cream. And also the famous pear and strawberry ice creams. These ice creams contain less calories and often also less sugar, making them a healthier alternative.

And what about hygiene?

Is ice cream always made hygienically? No, unfortunately not. This means that ice cream is by no means as healthy as we think it is. When making ice cream, hygiene rules are often not observed. And if ice cream is not made in the right way, it can become contaminated with bacteria. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by the NWA in 2016. Almost a fifth of the ice cream parlours do not comply with the rules. The ice is often kept too warm. A good refrigerated display case is therefore essential. A wide range of refrigerated display cabinets at Horecarama therefore helps. All this also applies to ice cream that you make at home. There, too, ice cream can become contaminated with all kinds of microorganisms.

How do you talk to someone about their chronic illness?

How do you talk to someone about their chronic illness?

I have a chronic disease that has a significant impact on my functioning. I get a lot of remarks about that thrown to my head. I’m sure that’s why many people with chronic illnesses are reserved to be open about what’s going on with them.

Reverse view

I myself think that this is a task for me, because only by communicating clearly can I change the image of my surroundings. That’s why I’m open about it in the things I write on the internet. Sometimes it’s just right for the environment to say something, even if it’s not very understanding. That’s the only way I can turn such a thought around or tell you what it’s really like. My opinion is that I have to teach my environment how to deal with me.

Intention is good

I soon notice when someone is really interested or when someone asks critical questions in order to refute my claims. It sounds like: ‘How does that work for you?’ Very different from: ‘Why are you lying in bed again?’
I often notice that the intention of my environment is good. They want me to be okay and to be able to do more than I can at the moment. Sometimes it just comes out a bit unhappy. A disappointment when I can’t come to a birthday, for example, I understand. I see that as a sign that people like me. I don’t understand anger or even incomprehension about not being able to come. It’s what it is…

Interested by questions

Try to ask questions with interest and don’t be disappointed if the question can’t be answered at that moment, because there’s no energy for that. Sometimes it is better to listen for a while and really take what they say to you. Can you imagine what it’s like for them? Or not? You can say that you find it hard to imagine what it must be like. That’s better than: “oh, that bothers me sometimes”.

Advice and tips

Advice and tips can also go both ways. Advice from someone I know well can be worth its weight in gold: I remember that two years ago you had far fewer appointments and I had the feeling that your complaints were also much better then’. Sometimes it reminds me that I do indeed have to take better care of myself and make fewer appointments.

Advice in the sense of: ‘You should try that, and that, and that…’ and being disappointed if you don’t want to try that, are of course less fun. People with a chronic illness often immerse themselves in themselves and their functioning. Nobody wants to sit at home sick, right? People with a chronic illness also want to be in the middle of life. So they have often found out for themselves what does and does not work. Sometimes it is better to leave the situation for what it is than to keep fighting with new treatments. Support the chronically ill person in the phase in which he/she is at that moment.

To prevent miscommunication in this area, you can open with the question: ‘Can I give you a tip?’. Then you know whether they are open to it.
Offering help

I myself like to know that there are people who can help me if necessary. I will seldom make use of it. An example: When I’m in bed with migraine, I can’t stand it when someone is doing the dishes, for example. And if I don’t have a migraine anymore, I choose to do it myself. In short, don’t be disappointed if someone rejects your help or doesn’t respond to it. Of course you can always offer it.
So what do you do?

A small gesture can have a big effect. Knowing that someone is thinking about you while you are in bed with a lot of pain can give your day a positive turn. A chat message, a text message, or a card with statements that are not judgmental. At least that’s my experience and I like to share it.