The word "fat" may sound very "unhealthy" for many people, as it is often associated with overeating, overweight and some chronic diseases.
In fact, fat is an important component in human tissue and is a major source of energy. A moderate intake of fat is key to proper growth and keeping healthy, but an excessive intake may lead to obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
You may also find that trans fatty acids, or TFAs, are included in the nutrition information. The TFAs are unsaturated fatty acids that have adverse effects on human health, as unsaturated fatty acids contribute to blood viscosity and prompt thrombus formation.
The ice cream brands were graded on their packages, tastes, cost-performance ratio and consumers’ willingness to repurchase.
Findings show that most consumers favor ice cream with a natural but not so sweet taste. Products with strong smells and flavors scored comparatively low.
Products like the Deshi ice cream, which is modeled into the shape of Mukden Palace, also known as the Imperial Palace in Shenyang, Liaoning province, are particularly well-received among consumers, indicating people’s fondness of the traditional Chinese culture.
The prices of most ice cream products are acceptable for consumers. Compared to prices, people care more about the joy and happiness an ice cream product can bring, and are willing to pay for their favorite products even though the prices are high.
Choose products from businesses with good reputations, which often provide better product quality and services. Pay attention to the information on the packages, such as nutrition facts, date of manufacture and food production license number.
Take a look at the nutrition information, where the ingredients are listed. Dairies topping the list means the products contain sufficient milk and the taste and quality will be good. Of course, the prices will be high.
Also, note the protein content. High protein content means the products are more nutritious than those with low protein content.
Pay attention to whether the products are full-fat, semi-skimmed or plant-fat ice cream. Generally, high-quality ice cream products are full-fat or semi-skimmed.
Additives can be found in most ice cream products. Don't worry about this as proper use of additives are not deleterious to health.
Emulsifying and thickening agents, which make ice cream taste better, are also necessary in ice cream production.
Take note of the packages when purchasing ice cream. Products may be contaminated and their hygiene will be affected if the packages are damaged.