We all scream for National Ice Cream Day

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Every day of the year is some nationally designated holiday. Some holidays note important causes or remembrances. Others might be considered frivolous, such as National Ice Cream Day, which falls on the third Sunday in July.

The Dallas County Public Health Department supports National Ice Cream Day if ice cream is consumed moderately.

Dairy-based ice cream as an occasional treat is a positive, but portion size and frequency are important factors to consider. With eggs, milk, cream, sugar and flavorings, your bowl of frozen delight may contain more sugar and dairy fat than you thought.

Read the nutrition label, which will show what is considered a serving size and list the calories, vitamins and minerals per serving. If it’s been a while since you’ve paid attention to nutrition labels, you’ll notice some helpful changes, such as the serving size printed in large bold print. Helpful hints can be found on the Iowa State Extension website.

Ice cream made from milk and cream is high in calcium, protein, potassium, magnesium and is sometimes fortified with vitamins D and A. Some products that mimic ice cream are high in fats, cholesterol and sugars and relatively low in nutrients, so watch for these, particularly in single-serving frozen treats.

Paying attention and moderating you intake is key to managing your nutrition.

Ann Cochran is the health navigation coordinator in the Dallas County Public Health Department

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