February 7, 2015 is National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!
Did you know? The holiday was invented on a snowy winter day in the 1960s by Florence Rappaport in Rochester, New York. The mother to six children, it was her youngest two, Ruth Kramer and Joseph Rappaport, who inspired her on a cold and snowy February morning. To entertain them, she declared it to be Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. She explained, “It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.'” The next year, they reminded her of the day and a tradition began. The exact year of the first ICFBD is unrecorded, but it is speculated to be 1966, when a huge blizzard hit Rochester in late January, dumping several feet of snow on Rochester and shutting down schools. When the siblings grew up, they held parties and introduced the tradition to friends while in college, and the tradition began to spread.
Did you know?
Eating ice cream for breakfast may help you lose weight. It’s the best meal of day. Don’t take our word for it, though. According to research from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the US, skipping breakfast leaves people more prone to snacking and more likely to become overweight.
But for all the good reasons not to miss breaking the fast of a night’s sleep with a hearty meal after waking up, one in four people in the UAE still don’t eat breakfast.
According to a recent poll of Arab nationals, Emiratis and expatriates carried out by the US firm Zacra Interactive, taking the time in the morning to eat an energy boosting starter is something that 26 per cent of us refuse to do.
However, new reports from the 94th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Houston, Texas, may encourage those folk who usually desert their home without a belly full of breakfast to think again.
Researchers at the meeting revealed that eating desserts – cakes, chocolate or carbohydrate-rich doughnuts – alongside a healthier cereal or fruit means people are more likely to lose weight in the long term and keep it off. That’s right, sweet desserts first thing in the morning could be your best dish of the day.
In a study of 200 adults by Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, a senior physician at Tel Aviv University’s Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, dieters were split into two groups. Each had different diet plans. One group was put on a low-carbohydrate regime, with a 304-calorie breakfast that contained only 10 grams of carbs, while another group ate a 600-calorie breakfast, with 60g of carbs. The carbs came in the form of a piece of chocolate, doughnut, cookie or cake.
After four months on the plan, researchers noted that both sets of dieters were doing equally well, with an average weight loss of about 15 kilograms. But in the following four months, those who had not had the sweet treats for their breakfast regained, on average, two-thirds of the weight they had lost. The dieters who ate the cakes, chocolates and biscuits for breakfast continued to keep the weight off and lost, on average, another 7kg.
The research team noted that ghrelin, also known as the hunger hormone, production was considerably lower among those who were in the breakfast-with-dessert group compared to the low-carb group.
The study is good news to many who are struggling to cope with restrictive diets that outlaw carbs which, while initially effective, often cause withdrawal-like symptoms that may explain the resulting weight gain in the no-dessert diet group.
“The combination of carbs and proteins gives you energy and helps you feel full faster and longer,” says Emilie Hartmann, a dietician with the EHL Dubai Mall Medical Centre. “But remember, studies are different from normal life and the total amount of calories was controlled and similar in both diets of the study; that’s a very important point.”