Performance Enhancing Ice Cream is Coming (Maybe)
A new type of Italian ice cream could lower your risk for disease and enhance your athletic performance.
University of Rome Tor Vergata researcher Valerio Sanguigni’s gelato creation could turn out to be a sweet revolution in the healthy dessert market. His very small study made up of 14 people suggests this ice cream could prevent certain diseases. It may also improve physical performance in healthy people.
Sanguigni’s ice cream is full of antioxidants, which can help lower cancer risk, especially because it’s kept at a low temperature. Cooking often destroys the effects of healthy ingredients in foods. Participants also saw improved exercise tolerance after eating the ice cream compared to the control group. This means their hearts could handle more intense exercise better than people who just ate regular ice cream.
You can’t grab a container of this performance boosting dessert just yet. Even if it did start selling in Europe it would still have to make its way over here. If this gelato really does all the things this study tells us it could, this won’t be the last time you’ll hear about it.
MP’s Take: We’re all for the possibility of making junk food “healthy.” Problem is, we don’t actually know what’s in this stuff … yet. We don’t even know if it’s going to sell in the United States anytime soon, or ever. Still, can’t you just picture it? It’s the end of a long day. You know you should work out, but what good are you, really, after 7 p.m.? With a little bit of ice cream, you can get yourself over to the gym and perform the best sets no matter how tired and unmotivated you might feel. How much faster or stronger might you actually feel after a few scoops of this magic dessert? Who knows. Let yourself dream a little.