Raise your hand if you haven’t done it at least once. If not more. Bite the ice cream cone from the bottom. eat the chocolate tip. For some years, however, the first fruits have been under scrutiny due to a Dutch study from the University of Utrecht. It was already demonized in 2016 Bert Weckhuysen, a professor of inorganic chemistry who, from conference to conference, explained how harmful this part of the industrial ice cream cone is to health. And every summer he raises the alarm again with a lot of scientific documentation. Explanation ? Here she is.
Bert Weckhuysen: The tip of the ice cream cone hurts
The tip of the ice cream cone hurts, says Weckhuynsen, according to which the hydrogenation process, which allows the chocolate to maintain a consistency halfway between the solid of a chocolate and the liquid of a melted chocolate, causes the tip actually becomes a concentrate of saturated fat. Those, to be clear, that increase bad cholesterol.
A great threat to health according to Weckhuynsen who recalls how the WHO recommends consuming, if really necessary, a maximum of 10 percent of daily calories in the form of saturated fat. It would be great then yes these fats could be replaced by polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats: those contained, for example, in fish (oily fish, salmon, cod, trout), leafy vegetables and nuts; in vegetable oils (corn, sunflower, soybean, grape seed) and in all other nuts (almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, peanuts).
No more chocolate dots?
The confectionery industry has not only not backed down, but has even launched, over the years, chocolate cones (without ice cream) that consumers like.
When it comes to health, many nutritionists also scoff. We are in excess – explains Francesca Beretta, scientific nutritionist biologist, author of the book (available on Amazon) Belly already… with morale! – A dream life in three months. Mediterranean diet for couples (www.giulapancia.it) -. I believe that every statement must be properly contextualized. The reason we eat a dessert, in this case an ice cream cone, for give us a hug. With this in mind, and given the time of year, eating even a couple of them a week doesn’t preclude proper nutrition. As long as it is very clear in our minds that, by choice, we are making an exception to the rule. The famous tear.
So there is no demonization? In my opinion criminalizing the tip of the packaged ice cream cone as an unhealthy food a great hypocrisy. The packaged ice cream cone as a whole, from the nutritional table of the number one company in Italy, contains 330 calories per 100 g of product, of which 23 g of simple sugars, the worst, and 13 g of saturated fats, with a list of ingredients that are not well suited to a healthy diet. With the same weight, an apple provides about 45 calories. So if we want to indulge in that one-of-a-kind snack because, let’s face it, we deserve it, we indulge in a good ice cream. If, on the other hand, our goal is a balanced diet, we will focus on other foods: fresh fruit, potato chips cooked by us in a fryer, kefir, etc. I find this crusade against the 10-15 grams of hydrogenated fat in the tip of a packaged ice cream cone ridiculous., as much as the people who choose cookies full of butter and simple sugars, but categorically without palm oil. Let me be clear: I, too, hold that saturated, trans, and hydrogenated fats are poisonous to our bodies. This, however, does not mean that it is correct to rage against a single element when the quality of a food given by the balance of its components. Balance, this, expressed in the nutritional table. So, to the direct question: does the chocolate tip of a packaged ice cream cone hurt? I answer yes, as is all industrially produced ice cream. I repeat: the difference is the amount. If from time to time you want to treat yourself, don’t feel guilty: eat the tip too. From the next meal you will return to a healthier routine.
August 12, 2022 (change August 12, 2022 | 16:10)
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