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.