July 01 2016 – Robert Fiumara
A Popular Sweet Turned Vegan: Ice Cream
There is a myriad of reasons why you should forgo dairy. There are studies that show that there is a potential correlation between calcium and a raised cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of calcium from dairy may increase the chances of prostate cancer. Not only that, but a large portion of the human population simply cannot digest dairy, as they are lactose intolerant. Calcium from dairy products may not even protect from bone fractures or prevent broken bones.
There are also real-life benefits that occur once you limit dairy in your diet. Many people who forgo dairy find that they experience fewer acne breakouts, may feel less bloated or sluggish, and some may even experience weight loss. Not to mention that you slash your chances of different types of cancers.
However, even though there are many benefits to transitioning into a more wholesome, vegan lifestyle, there are still many stereotypes that tend to stifle that initial shift. Many people still think that vegan foods are bland and tasteless. However, there are endless options when it comes to delicious desserts that are made without animal product, with many food manufacturers and brands taking note of this, with a burgeoning market that is thriving with delicious vegan treats. One of these treats is vegan ice cream – a tasty, healthier alternative to dairy-based ice cream.
- Vegan ice cream is simply better for you. Ice cream is a crutch that is always there when we need it. It's there when we had a long day, after a long week, or even when experiencing a bad breakup. It's constant, considerate, and available. Unfortunately, most conventional ice cream's are calorie dense. Now imagine being able to dig into a serving of your favorite ice cream flavors, without the caloric load. Vegan ice creams are formulated with fewer sugars, with ingredient names that you can actually pronounce. You're sacrificing calories, while still preserving the flavor, texture, and taste of conventional ice cream.
- Vegan ice cream is safe for those with sensitive tummies. Lactose intolerance is a phenomenon that affects millions of people. They are barred from eating dairy products since it can cause an upset stomach and even diarrhea. Some have an allergic reaction to the ingredients in milk. Here comes vegan ice cream, which is naturally made without lactose. No dairy removes exposure to lactose, allowing those with sensitive stomachs to indulge without the regret.
- The benefits of soy protein and isoflavones. Isoflavones are associated with lower cholesterol, as it is able to facilitate the body to metabolize the "bad" cholesterol. Isoflavones are also known to help fight cancer, particularly prostate and breast cancers. Isoflavones are polyphenolic and are naturally found in soybeans and other plant products. Most types of vegan ice creams call for some type of soy protein, which is a natural ingredient that your body uses to function properly. The FDA recommends that adults consume about 25 grams of soy protein on a daily basis - your vegan ice cream is a treat that is full of this powerful micronutrient.