Let the ice cream ad­dict be aware of the hid­den haz­ard

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS -

Have you ever had an ir­re­sistible urge to have an ice cream on a scorch­ing sum­mer day? Many adults may claim to know bet­ter and refuse to in­dulge a crav­ing for the frozen dessert, but not per­haps the kids.

No mat­ter how much they like the dif­fer­ently fla­vored, sweet, frozen dairy prod­ucts, some adults would still say no to an ice cream even on a hot and sul­try day be­cause of the sugar in it. And sugar, we know, helps us put on weight, which in turn could in­crease our chances of de­vel­op­ing a heart dis­ease.

I, too, would refuse an ice cream on a hot, hu­mid day, but not be­cause of its sugar con­tent. In­stead, I would refuse be­cause of the tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine phi­los­o­phy, which says the in­ner hu­man body is cool in the sum­mer like an un­der­ground cell — sev­eral de­grees cooler than the tem­per­a­ture out­side. In fact, too much cold food such as ice cream could be detri­men­tal to the func­tion­ing of the stom­ach and spleen.

More­over, I be­lieve in the para­dox, the more de­li­cious a food is, the more cau­tion one needs to ex­er­cise be­fore hav­ing it. Ac­tu­ally, it’s bet­ter to avoid greasy and sug­ary food. When a kind of food ap­peals too much to your palate, you need to be care­ful or at least know the amount your stom­ach can eas­ily digest, so that your over­all health is not af­fected. Never get car­ried away.

We should al­ways bear in mind a quote from Con­fu­cius “seek­ing plea­sure (but) never with in­dul­gence”, which means al­ways you should know how much of which type of food, ir­re­spec­tive of how de­li­cious it is, you should eat.

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