Health Watch - Summer Foods: Ice Cream

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying summer foods. We’ve been talking about all the fruits and vegetables that are at peak season this time of year, but there are other foods we associate with summer that may not be quite as good for us.

For instance, ice cream may feel good on a hot summer day, but Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says it doesn’t really cool you off. The cool temperature may make you feel cooler temporarily, but it doesn’t actually lower your body temperature. Keeping your body cool requires liquid, as your body temperature depends on how well your body is hydrated. The ice cream can provide a little liquid as it melts, but to really cool off enough to deal with the heat, you need to drink plenty of water.

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August 2009

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