Negative Health Effects of Ice Cream
Inflammation and Indigestion
There is a large spectrum of dietary sensitivity to dairy. Most people are familiar with lactose intolerance, but there is a wide range of lactose/milk sensitivity. In any case, when your body has trouble absorbing milk products, they are fermented by your gut flora, which produces gas and bloating.
Moreover, when your intestines are constantly being exposed to an allergen (which is dairy, for many people), they can become inflammed and less able to absorb nutrients from your food.
Inflammation also comes from the high sugar content in ice cream. The blood sugar spike you’ll get from a serving of sugary ice cream will make you more prone to chronic inflammation. Inflammation can also lead to insulin resistance. The more sugar you eat, the higher your blood sugar will be in the short and long term.
Dairy consumption creates multiple hormonal imbalances in your body. First, it increases insulin levels, making blood sugar unpredictable. If you’re experiencing sugar cravings, acne, and a too-large appetite, it’s a sign that milk and milk products are throwing off your blood sugar.
Additionally, dairy products have excess estrogen from the cows that produce them. Too much estrogen is bad for men and women alike. It leads to several other health problems, not the least of which is fertility issues and constant mood swings.
Dairy Free Ice Cream
Just because you’re not eating dairy, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on ice cream altogether. I for one have tried my hand at homemade frozen yogurt, but I found it didn’t turn out the way I was expecting. While you may already be skilled at making more complicated homemade ice cream, I can tell you from experience that this recipe is easy enough for anyone to follow.
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Health Benefits of Bananas
Alright, let’s get the most obvious nutritional benefit out of the way: Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium. This means they work hard to keep your blood pressure under control.
But everyone knows that already. What you might not know is that bananas are also great sources of:
- Manganese, an essential nutrient for healthy bones
- Vitamin C, an antioxidant needed for wound healing
- Biotin, which is needed for healthy hair, skin, and nails
- Fiber, for decreased risk of heart disease and healthy digestion
- Vitamin B6, needed for liver detox and preventing depression
Homemade Banana Ice Cream Recipe
What You Need:
- 3-4 Bananas
- Glass container with cover
What to Do:
- Peel and chop the bananas.
- Blend in a food processor until creamy.
- Pour into container, and cover with lid. Let sit in freezer for about 30 minutes. Enjoy by itself or with healthy toppings!
And that’s it! You can get your sweet ice cream fix on a hot summer day, or pair it with another favorite dessert. I love serving banana ice cream with gluten-free brownies, the combination is unreal. My family also loves to add a bunch of different toppings like toasted coconut, melted raw cacao, or some fresh organic strawberries!
How do you enjoy your ice cream?
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