By Brandie Piper
Published July 19, 2015 on Discover.Monsanto.com.
Ice cream is a delicious dessert, and while you may not typically think of it as part of abalanced meal, ice cream is a dairy product, and can be a source of calcium – a nutrient that promotes bone growth and overall health – and protein, which is an important building block for the body. Plus, it’s National Ice Cream Day! So it’s a great time to learn about the perfect summertime dessert (or, to be honest, sometimes it’s a snack).
Homemade ice cream recipes are popular during warm months, but most people may not think about the agricultural products necessary to make ice cream.
Ice cream ingredients
Whole milk: It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream. The averagedairy cow produces six or seven gallons of milk, and eats approximately 100 pounds of feed each day. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) reports 9 percent of milk produced in the United States is used to make ice cream… [continue reading]