Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How About A Healthy Surprise...?

For something a little different today, I'm gonna tell you just how healthy two of my favorite foods are!

Even though you probably didn't know the health benefits of these wonderful things, I'll bet most of you like them...I know I do!

Ice Cream

Ice-cream is a low GI (glycemic-index) food. This means that it is a slow sugar release food that keeps you satisfied for a longer period of time than a high GI food. For that reason, you are less likely to binge after eating ice-cream. 75 grams of Ben and Jerry’s Cookies and Cream ice-cream contains only 114 calories compared to a slice of cheesecake with 511 calories. Furthermore, ice-cream is made of milk which contains many essential nutrients and vitamins. 1 cup of milk contains up to 30% of a man’s daily recommended intake. Other nutrients in ice-cream are biotin, iodine, potassium, selenium, vitamins a, b12, D, and K. Studies show a possible link between milk consumption and a lowered risk of arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer.

Interesting Fact: In the 5th century BC, the ancient Greeks sold snow cones made with fruit and honey in the markets of Athens.


Not only is coffee tasty, it is a mild stimulant with many medical uses. Caffeine contains a muscle relaxant that is very beneficial to people with bronchial problems – it can alleviate the symptoms of asthma. Additionally, caffeine releases certain fatty acids in to the blood stream that become a useful source of fuel for muscles. It even seems that the only serious side-effect to too much caffeine is a small amount of body-weight loss – a danger if you are anorexic. Caffeine should be avoided by people with fecal incontinence as it loosens the anal and sphincter muscles.

Interesting Fact: Caffeine can be toxic to animals, in particular dogs, horses, and parrots. It also has a much more significant effect on spiders than humans

Just thought you might like to know this information!

Coffee on the patio this morning. Want to join me in some coffee and ice cream?


Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You certainly listed 2 of my favorites, HJ. What flavor ice cream are you serving today? Anything chocolate is fine with me!

John said...

Coffee and ice cream. Manna from heaven!

linda m said...

Those are my 2 favorites also, along with anything chocolate. I am on my way this morning.

Anonymous said...

One of the few foods that tastes good AND is good for you. In moderation at least. 8^)

Mystic Mud said...

I'll bring the cones? I still only have 89 left to eat up....lol

Sixbears said...

I can't eat much dairy, but I do make a great homemade icecream with almond milk. Much tastier than one would think.

At my house we call caffeine -Vitamin C.

JOJO said...

Oh I new I liked these 2 things for a good reason. I'm on my way. The only flavor I don't like would be anything strawberry.

kare said...

i don't remember if i've said Hello but i LOVE your Blog
Coffee Icecream is not bad.. once in a while!>

HermitJim said...

Hey Beatrice...
I figured that today we would go with vanilla, but only because that's Mom's favorite...and I have to use her freezer!

My personal favorite is, of course, chocolate!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Hey John...
That about sums it up, buddy!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda...
Come on over...always room for another!

I hear ya on the chocolate!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Anon 7:39...
Don't ya just love it when that happens?

The visit is much appreciated!

Hey Mystic...
By all means! Bring on those cones! Means less bowls to wash!

Just set them on the patio table and watch them disappear!

I sure do appreciate the visit!

Hey Sixbears...
Never tried almond milk! I'll have to give that a try!

Thanks, my friend, for coming over today!

Hey JoJo...
You're in luck! No strawberry!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!

Hey Kare...
Good to see you this morning! New friends are always welcome!

I'll try and limit myself on the ice cream, but I'm pretty weak about some things!

Welcome to the patio, and thanks for coming over this morning!

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Awesome! Now all I need to know is the wonderful health benefits of beer!

HermitJim said...

Hey Craig...
It just so happens I have a link to that very information!

Here it is just for you, buddy!


Thanks for coming over today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I had a great cup of coffee today, used six spoon fulls of Columbian in a funnel with a filter in it. I sit it on the my cup and pour boiling water in the funnel. Just finished a half gallon of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. My two vices, coffee and ice cream.

Annie Mouse said...

Hmmmm, wonder how much of my taxpayer money went to fund the study of caffeine on spiders?
I do remember a $64,000 study funded by tax payers to find out if drunk fish were more aggressive than sober fish.
Do you remember the Golden Fleece Awards?