Ice creams are evergreen favourites; even though they are most preferred in the hot and sunny summers, the demand for these sweet treats doesn’t decrease at any time of the year. Be it catching a movie with friends or binge-watching Netflix in PJs with cousins, ice cream is a must-have on almost all the occasions.

Mood swings and ice cream cravings are sort of a package deal; you can’t have one without the other. But all these softy cravings are sure to increase your calorie intake, which can be a cause of worry for a lot of people.

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But times change and so do ice cream trends. Low calorie ice cream is the new trend now; the best friend of those who need or want to diet but are unable to let go of their cravings. “Sugar-free ice creams may be marketed as healthier; but these additions may not be that healthy,” says Dr Deepa Agarwal, a consultant Nutritionist at Tanvir Hospital.

“Ingredients like sucralose, aspartame, and acesulfame potassium may confuse the brain leading to more indulgence. They eventually cause upset stomachs, nausea, and diarrohea. Moreover, alternative sweeteners can cause obesity,” she adds.22

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There are other ways for us to hold on to the delicious softies and maintain our diet at the same time. Opting for single servings instead of hogging down a whole tub or a sundae is always better. Hydrate yourself before you dive into a bowl of ice – cold goodness. People often confuse thirst for hunger and ice cream is the first thing that comes to our mind when the temperature is even a tad bit hotter.

They are an excellent source for saturated fats, cholesterol and sugar. Excess consumption on dietary substances that are rich in any of these can lead to increase in blood cholesterol levels and cause a heightened risk of heart diseases.

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As the saying goes, ‘too much of anything is bad’, it is advisable to keep a close watch on the quantity of the ice cream intake and the number of times you eat on a monthly basis.

You don’t have to stop eating them, just limit your cravings to once or twice a month, so that it always remains a source of enjoyment or pleasure rather than a cause of a health issue.#KhabarLive