Flavorful, rich and creamy, and health-conscious too?
Gelato is considered a healthy dessert for a variety of reasons. The most obvious is it’s made from natural ingredients. From fresh hazelnuts and pistachios to the milk and water, gelato contains ingredients that are all found in nature. Each ingredient in gelato contributes to its overall nutritional value. While the nutritional content of every cup of gelato consumed isn’t always the same, here are a few health facts about gelato.
- Gelato is both lower in fat and calories compared to traditional American ice cream. In the U.S. ice cream is generally made with cream, and is classified by its butterfat content (10% – 12%). Gelato is made from milk or water, which accounts for a lesser percentage of butterfat (5%-8%) and therefore calories and fat.
- Gelato, especially when made with milk and/or nuts, contains a high amount of protein, which is needed daily in the human diet.
- Gelato also contains a high number of vitamins. Fruit sorbets tend to have a higher amount of vitamins in them, but even cream flavors made from milk contain essential vitamins
- Because gelato is made from milk, it a great source of calcium for non-milk drinkers
- Many gelato makers today also offer other wellness options
- To meet certain dietetic needs, gelato can be made with many alternative ingredients including but not limited to:
- Splenda – Splenda not only offers lower calories and fat, but also provides an alternative to sugar so those with special dietetic needs can experience the delicious properties of gelato
- Soy – For those with milk intolerances or whom generally prefer soy, soy can be substituted to make a variety of gelato flavors
- Beneo/Fiber – On trend with many food products, gelato can also be enhanced with fiber to assist in digestive health.
- In today’s fast-paced world, gelato has proven an adequate meal replacement because of its many health properties. In Italy, gelato is something consumed at all times of the day.