The health benefits of ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. However, have you ever thought of breaking your regular breakfast routine and indulging in something that is generally considered as a dessert?

We know how unusual that may sound, yet this is true. According to a study held at Kyorin University in Tokyo, those who eat ice cream for breakfast are comparatively smarter than those who do not. This might be the most delightful piece of news you’ll ever hear.

How does it work?

Known to have an ‘awakening’ effect on the mind when eaten in the morning, ice cream immediately shocks the brain and makes it active, helping to increase your mental capacities. In other words, soon after waking up in the morning, having ice cream can significantly boost your mental health, as well as perk up your brain to a level that makes you more mentally alert throughout the day.

What did the study claim?

The researchers at Kyorin University, Tokyo had conducted several experiments, in order to provide a solid ground to prove this unusual study. A group of subjects were given ice cream right after waking up in the morning and were compared to another group whom was not given the ice cream. Upon waking up, the subjects who had eaten ice cream in the morning performed better throughout the day, as a result of being more mentally alert. The researchers had also carried out another experiment, in order to address the individuals who were sceptical of the ice cream theory, stating that it was purely down the cold effect of the ice cream. For this reason, the researchers had decided to give cold water to the subjects without ice cream in the morning. Despite these subjects performing better than last time, they were still outshined by the subjects with the ice cream.

Breakfast Vs no breakfast

It is well-known that if you do not have breakfast, you may find yourself not being as productive as those who do eat breakfast on a regular basis. When indulging in ice cream for the morning meals, it is all down to the level of glucose in your daily breakfast. According to a renowned nutritional psychology researcher, the foods containing high glucose level significantly amp up one’s mental capacities, in comparison to not eating at all.

Ice cream & happiness

There is something about ice cream that we just cannot stop loving. Ice cream is known to trigger positive emotions in the human mind and activates the pleasure spots in the brain. Of course going over the top with calories in the form of sugar will not benefit you in the long run, though if you are heading to an important job interview or perhaps a date, a spoonful of this sweet happiness won’t harm anyone.

What does ice cream Overrun mean and how do I calculate it?

Overrun is a term that is used frequently in the ice cream trade. In simple terms, it’s the percentage of air that is held within a frozen product such as ice cream, gelato or sorbet.

All ice cream, gelato and sorbet products naturally have a percentage of air. Without air, they would be too dense and hard, lacking the beautifully smooth texture which you associate with quality a product.

Air increases the volume of the finished product, you probably already know this increases profit, but obviously, too much air can lower the quality of the product considerably.

On average, one litre of liquid ice cream mix before being frozen weighs approximately 1 kilo, the same weight of frozen mix will no longer fit in a 1 litre container, it now requires a 1.4 litre container due to the increase in volume due to the air content. As such, frozen ice cream products are more often sold by volume rather than their weight.

All frozen products have a different percentage of air, typically but not definitively some examples are:

Scoop Gelato – Typically 25-30%

Scoop Ice Cream – Typically 50-60%

Soft Serve Ice Cream (gravity machine) – Typically 30-35%

Soft Serve Ice Cream (pump machine) – Typically 60-80%

We have produced an Overrun Calculator which you can download here to help work out your own overrun.

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