Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Fortified ice cream - an osteoporotic miracle?


From the labs at Unilever comes a study that calcium absorption following the consumption of calcium fortified ice-cream was comparable to absorption following the consumption of milk.


I suppose that given obesity's ability to increase bone density, by creating calcium fortified ice-cream we might finally have the "natural" cure for osteoporosis.

Some great quotes from the researchers in Food Navigator,

"Concerns over the unhealthy image of ice cream appear unfounded however, with the ice cream being “formulated responsibly in terms of nutritional profile”, wrote van der Hee and her co-workers. Indeed, the energy value for both did not exceed 115 kcal"
So no worries - because no one ever eats more than one serving of ice-cream, right?

van der Hee, R., Miret, S., Slettenaar, M., Duchateau, G., Rietveld, A., Wilkinson, J., Quail, P., Berry, M., Dainty, J., & Teucher, B. (2009). Calcium Absorption from Fortified Ice Cream Formulations Compared with Calcium Absorption from Milk Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 109 (5), 830-835 DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.02.017