a cute young woman enjoys ice cream out of the carton

Is there anything more delicious than the nights you get to put on your coziest sweatpants and curl up on the couch with a bowl of your favorite ice cream? In a perfect world, a heaping mound of ice cream would be considered a balanced and healthy meal, and kale would be the number one cause of weight gain. But alas, a perfect world it is not. Instead, we are constantly inundated with the unfortunate information that sugary snacks can take a toll on our health. But what if we were to tell you that there are some real health benefits to be gained from indulging in one of the world’s favorite sweet treats?

Naturally, any of the health benefits ice cream has to offer should be considered alongside its drawbacks. Healthline details how ice cream is high in added sugars and calories, noting that many brands contain 12-24 grams of added sugar per half a cup. That means a single serving puts you well on your way toward the daily recommended limit of 50 grams of sugar for a 2,000 calorie diet. Nonetheless, to say that ice cream is totally void of nutrition would be incorrect, and leaning into that fact just feels right. Keep reading for the scoop on the unexpected health benefits of ice cream.

chocolate ice cream bar with nuts