July is National Ice Cream Month

Summer is the peak season for ice cream consumption. In 1984, July was declared national ice cream month. Historically, ice cream as we know it first emerged in the 17th century in France. In the 13th century, Marco Polo brought back from China descriptions of a sherbet-like desert. Today, we have so many flavors and types to choose from!

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Here are a few more fun facts about this refreshing treat:

– Next to cookies, ice cream stands as the best-selling treat in America!

– The top five ice cream consuming countries in the world are: New Zealand, United States, Australia, Finland and Sweden

– It takes about 50 licks to finish a single ice cream cone.

– It takes 3 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

So what about the sugar content and the overall calories in each ice cream serving? Always read the product label to get the cold truth.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for fat content for ice cream include:
•”ice cream” contains at least 10 percent milkfat
•”Low-fat” ice cream contains a maximum of 3 grams of total fat per ½ cup serving.
•”Non-fat” ice cream contains less than 0.5 grams of total fat per ½ cup serving.

When it comes to ice cream toppings, choose wisely. Instead of whipped cream, hot fudge or chocolate sauce, try cut up fresh fruits, such as blueberries, which are in season, or a small sprinkle of chopped nuts. To go leaner, skip the ice cream cone and eat your scoop in a cup.

So this summer, enjoy your ice cream in moderation and be sure to top it with a fresh berry!

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