What Happens If You Eat Too Much Ice Cream

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When you eat an entire pint of ice cream, what happens to your body?

 When you eat an entire pint of ice cream, what happens to your body?

What happens if you eat an entire pint of ice cream?

It's happened to every one of us. We've all found ourselves at the bottom of a newly opened pint of ice cream, whether we're going through a terrible breakup or just an innocent victim of mindless eating. We understand that once you start, it's difficult to stop! But, as delicious and comforting as this frozen dessert can be, aren't you worried about what the fat and calories are doing to you? Yes, we thought so, too.

So, let's get right to the point: Is eating an entire pint of ice cream bad for your health? The short answer is no, not if you don't make it a habit. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should spend your nights binge-watching Netflix and spooning into a container of rocky road. Ice cream still contains enough fats, sugars, and calories to replace half a day's worth of your intake, and indulging in this habit can have unfavorable consequences. "Is ice cream bad for you?" you may be wondering. We were curious as well, so we turned to the experts.

Your chances of becoming obese rise.

According to registered dietitian Edwina Clark, RD, APD, "a pint of ice cream can have up to 1,000 calories, which is more than half of some people's daily intake." That means that if you continue to do so, you could gain a lot of weight. "Extra calories above and beyond your needs will result in weight gain," says Melissa Joy Dobbins, RD, Founder of Sound Bites and a registered dietitian. "It's going to add up if you do it on a regular basis." However, if you eat a pint of cream every time a presidential election comes around, there's no need to be concerned.

Your blood sugar levels remain somewhat normal.

Surprise! You might think that a pint of ice cream is enough to send your blood sugar into overdrive, but it's not. "When we eat food, our blood sugar levels rise," Dobbins explains. Unless you have diabetes or reactive hypoglycemia, your blood sugar should remain within a normal range.

Your blood pressure will not be affected.

Isn't this another "phew!" moment? "Dairy contains calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which are three important minerals for maintaining blood pressure," Dobbins explains.

You will gain abdominal fat.

According to Clark, ice cream is a carb-heavy food, and eating a lot of refined carbohydrates leads to belly fat deposition. A pint may contain around 120 grams of carbs, and while carbs are a great source of energy, you're unlikely to use it all up right away. According to Dobbins, any carbs that the body does not use up are stored as fat on top of the fat content of the ice cream.

You'll be happier.

That's what mint chocolate chip cookies are good for, right? "There is some satisfaction in indulging an ice cream craving," Clark says. But it's not just the wonderful sensation of overindulgence. This is also related to carbs, which can cause a small increase in serotonin, a neurotransmitter.

Your muscles will grow in size.

This isn't an excuse to binge on ice cream in the name of strong bones, but the sugars in the frozen treat, along with the powerful insulin spike they cause, can help promote muscle building and prevent protein breakdown. "Ice cream can be beneficial up to two hours after a workout," says celebrity trainer and diet expert Jay Cardiello. So, if you're in the mood for ice cream, don't wait to try these incredible brands.

Your bones will strengthen.

We frequently associate ice cream with junk food, but not with dairy products. However, because ice cream is a dairy product, it contains a variety of nutrients, including calcium. Calcium can also help with bone strength when it binds with phosphorus (which is also found in ice cream).

Your risk of developing heart disease rises.

Now for the bad news. That frozen treat you're eating contains about 40 grams of saturated fat. "You're likely to see an increase in triglycerides and cholesterol, which are fancy names for 'blood fats' after eating a pint of ice cream," Clark says. "As the ice cream passes through your system, these levels may decrease. However, if they remain high, they can increase your risk of heart disease, particularly when combined with other risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity."

Your mind will become foggy.

If you've ever indulged in a cup of ice cream to beat the 3 p.m. slump, you've probably done more harm than good—and not just to your waistline. Not only can a cup of vanilla contain up to 10 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat and 28 grams of sugar, but an extensive review published in the journal Nutrients discovered that diets high in saturated fat and sugar can impair cognitive skills and memory. And that's just a cup of ice cream; imagine what a pint of it would do! According to Clark, ice cream contains a lot of added sugar, which can make you feel spacey after eating it.

You'll have a sluggish feeling.

With any flavorful meal, you'll begin to feel a little sluggish. But if you expect to fall into a peaceful, blissful sleep, you're mistaken.

You will become bloated.

It takes your body some time to digest a pint of ice cream. (The high fat content is to blame.) As a result, you'll feel a little bloated after eating it. Avoid these bloat-inducing foods and habits to avoid appearing and feeling puffier than you are!

You will not be energized.

Contrary to popular belief, eating a pint of ice cream will not give you as much of a sugar rush as you might think. "You wouldn't feel a burst of energy because it isn't a stimulant," Dobbins says. "Sugar provides energy, but it's wrapped up in fat, which delays its release."

It has the potential to increase your fertility.

What a wonderful reason for future mothers to indulge in ice cream! According to a study published in Human Reproduction, women who consume high-fat dairy (such as ice cream) have a higher chance of becoming pregnant than those who consume skim milk and fat-free yogurt. Women who ate ice cream twice a week or more reduced their risk of infertility by 38%.

You might become addicted.

It's impossible not to keep spooning ice cream, but keep track of how much you're eating. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate ice cream frequently enjoyed it less as time passed. The frozen treat alters the reward center of the brain, making it less pleasurable and sending a signal to eat more to achieve the same euphoric feeling, according to the researchers.

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