Sadly, calcium in a cone doesn’t count
CAN you get your daily calcium needs from ice cream? Dietitian Melissa Meier weighs in.
Ice cream is made from dairy and is a source of calcium, so it’s kind of healthy, right?
Dairy foods (and their alternatives) make up one of the core food groups. These foods are an important source of calcium, which most people know you need for strong bones and teeth.
But calcium has so many other functions on top of that. It plays a role in muscle function, heart function and even our nervous system.
The dairy and alternatives food group comprises milk, yoghurt and cheese – unfortuscoop nately, ice cream isn’t part of this core food group.
Sure, ice cream will provide you with a hit of calcium but there are much healthier options to help you reach your calcium quota.
For a quick comparison, a of vanilla ice cream (50g) contains almost 50mg of calcium, whereas a small tub of lowfat yoghurt can contain more than 300mg.
To put that into perspective, you’re recommended to have 1000mg of calcium a day (if you’re aged 19–50).
On top of that, ice cream is an energy-dense food, so your waistline won’t be too happy if you overdo it on the reg.
You’ve probably guessed it but ice cream should stay in the “sometimes” basket.
That doesn’t mean you can never eat ice cream – and thank goodness for that, because who would want to live in a world without ice cream, anyway?
BUMMER: Ice cream is not a good source of calcium.