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Is ice cream healthy or unhealthy? Recipe for making your own ice cream.

  1. Have you checked the weather forecast yet? The warm weather is finally coming! Warm weather not only means enjoying the sun on your bare skin, but also cooling off. A great excuse to indulge yourself in eating ice cream. Nice and cool and deliciously sweet. But what's in that ice cream you just bought?

  1. Part of the ice cream on offer is full of E numbers and bad sugars. In this article, we will look at which ice cream is best to buy. And if you want to be completely sure, you can always make your own ice creams. Very tasty, and of course much cheaper!

  1. Excavations have shown that the Chinese were the first to make the water ice cream. They developed a way to make these using salt, among other things, to make the ice cream a bit firmer. It was the explorer Marco Polo who took the recipe for popsicles to Europe, after which the Italians set to work and developed a real ice cream industry.

  1. To this day it is still the Italians who can make the best ice cream. In a later time, around the Middle Ages, ice cream was invented, again by the Italians. There was one Italian who settled in Paris and started making ice cream industrially there, which quickly became an international delicacy.

  1. It was not until after World War II that freezers became available to the common man. As a result, the ice cream industry really took off, as people could now keep the ice cream, too, instead of eating it right away.

  1. Fun facts about ice cream

  1. It is often said that ice cream is very unhealthy. That is a bit short-sighted! It is true that ice cream contains a lot of sugar, but on the other hand there are indeed advantages to eating ice cream. Let's list the pros and cons:

  1. Cons: Ice cream contains a lot of sugar. Ice cream is high in calories. Ice cream is high in fat. Ice cream can contain many E numbers. Are there ice creams without e-numbers? Ice creams that are factory made usually contain a whole range of E numbers. E numbers are additives approved by the EU that improve taste, color and shelf life.

  1. Approved by the EU does not mean that it is also good for your health.

  1. There are E-numbers that are made from purely vegetable substances, which are generally quite safe. But there are also chemical E numbers that are not very appreciated by most people. Take aspartame, for example, an E number approved by the EU.

  1. This sweetener is mainly used in Cola products and is increasingly associated with diseases and disorders in young people. Some ice creams also contain aspartame.

  1. When you buy ice cream, read the ingredients list carefully. If you come across E numbers or vague descriptions, chances are that this ice cream is not very healthy. Although E-free ice creams do exist, the search can be very complex.

  1. To get you started, a list of ice cream brands / types that do not contain harmful E-numbers:

  1. I would also like to mention that the famous water ice cream Rocket, the tricolor ice cream from Ola, and the Magnum from the same manufacturer, contain E numbers E407 or E120.

  1. For your information: E120 is a red dye that is made from the squashed bodies of the scale insect 😠‰

  1. If you want to make sure that the ice cream contains only natural ingredients, you can make your own at home. It is usually assumed that you will need an ice machine for this, but that is not true. Of course it is easier with an ice cream machine, but making ice by hand is no problem at all.

  1. There are two ways to make ice cream manually:

  1. There are recipes that require you to heat the ingredients milk and cream first, then add the flavoring ingredients and then put the mixture in the freezer to set it up.

  1. There are also plenty of recipes where you can just mix everything cold, after which it can further freeze in the freezer.

  1. Whichever method or recipe you use: It is important to know that during freezing you have to stir the ice cream regularly to maintain the creamy texture of the ice cream. Failure to do this will cause ice crystals to form which will harden the ice and spoil the taste.

  1. To make this ice you don't need to heat anything and you don't need an ice machine. The fastest and cheapest way to make delicious ice cream! Once you have mastered this recipe, you can start varying by adding ingredients such as pieces of (dark) chocolate, peaches, strawberries or raspberries. Take your time, because making ice cream manually takes a bit more time than with an ice cream maker.

  1. Requirements:

  1. Feel free to vary with this recipe, nothing can go wrong. Feel free to make a larger quantity, because it can be kept in the freezer.

  1. A cheap, tasty and healthier way to make ice cream that will surprise your kids. And yourself of course. Don't forget to eat moderate ice cream so that it doesn't become a habit!

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