What is ice cream?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics
The phrase "ice cream" has a variety of meanings from one country to another. Phrases such as "frozen custard," "frozen yogurt," "sorbet," "gelato" and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles. In the United States, the phrase "ice cream" applies only to a specific variety. American ice cream is a frozen dessert made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavors. Ice cream contains sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. The mixture of chosen ingredients is stirred slowly while cooling, in order to incorporate air and to prevent large ice crystals from forming. The result is a smooth textured semi-solid foam that is malleable and can be scooped.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Ice cream is a frozen food made from a mixture of milk, cream, and nonfat milk combined with sweetening agents, flavorings, fruits, nuts, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and other ingredients. Fed-earl standards require that ice creams contain a minimum of 10 percent milk fat and 20 percent total milk solids by weight. French ice cream or frozen custard contains least 1.4 percent egg yolk solids.

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