I Scream, You Scream: Ultimate Homemade Ice Cream Quiz

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When did Americans first start eating ice cream?

Thomas Jefferson brought an ice cream recipe to America from France, and we've been eating it ever since.

What appliance do you most commonly need to make homemade ice cream?

While recipes for ice creams and their required equipment vary, you've got to have an ice cream maker to freeze the mixture.

What are two typical ingredients in homemade low- or no-sugar ice cream?

There are many ways to create sugar-free or low-sugar ice cream, but two common ingredients are sugar-free pudding and milk.

Which of the following is an artificial sweetener you can use in homemade ice cream?

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener, while stevia is considered a combination of several sweeteners.

How many calories per serving do artificial sweeteners have?

Artificial sweeteners have virtually no calories. Each gram of table sugar, in contrast, has 4 calories. One teaspoon of sugar is about 4 grams, so each teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories.

About how many calories are in a half-cup serving of commercial no-sugar ice cream?

The number of calories in a half-cup serving of commercial no-sugar ice cream varies, depending on the flavor and whether the ice cream is also no-fat. However, there are generally at least 90 calories per half-cup serving, and may be as many as 200.

What's the doctor-recommended limit for how much sugar should be in one serving of ice cream?

Physicians say your half-cup serving of ice cream should contain no more than 15 grams of sugar.

Does homemade no-sugar ice cream really taste as good as regular ice cream?

It depends on your own taste buds, of course, but in general, sugar-free ice cream can taste just as good as the full-sugar version. However, artificial sweeteners sometimes impart a slight aftertaste, so you may need to test a few to see which one you prefer.

Are there texture differences in homemade no-sugar ice cream?

There are plenty of recipes available that will help you create great ice cream. However, depending on the artificial sweeteners and other ingredients you use, your no-sugar ice cream may be more crumbly than regular ice cream after a few cycles of freezing and thawing.

Which of the following is a possible benefit of eating no-sugar ice cream?

Artificial sweeteners don't contribute to tooth decay like real sugar does. So if you eat a no-sugar ice cream that uses an artificial sweetener, it could help you avoid cavities.

Which of the following does NOT have an effect on tooth decay?

How much sugar a particular food contains, how long it stays in contact with your teeth and whether the food is sticky all impact tooth decay. How soft a food is doesn't matter.

Any time you eat or drink something sugary, your teeth are in danger for how long?

Sugar reacts with bacteria in plaque (the sticky coating on your teeth) and produces harmful acids that attack your teeth for about an hour.

How does sugar cause cavities?

Sugar reacts with the bacteria in your tooth plaque, forming an acid that eats away at your tooth enamel. Over time, the tooth enamel totally gives way, and a hole, or cavity, forms. Once your tooth has a cavity, the entire tooth is in danger of being destroyed.

The sugar in food isn't always labeled as "sugar." What else might it be called?

Sugar may be listed simply as "carbohydrate." But it's still a sugar, and it still causes tooth decay.

Do "no added sugar" and "sugar-free" mean the same thing?

They're not the same thing: "No added sugar" simply means no extra sugar was put into the product, but the ingredients themselves might contain sugar.

When is it best to eat ice cream, regardless of how much fat or sugar it contains?

It's best to limit the amount of time and number of times that sugar comes in contact with your teeth, so it's best to limit ice cream (and all sweets) to mealtime.

Which is better for your teeth, low-sugar ice cream or regular ice cream?

The amount of sugar you consume is less important than how quickly you get the sugar out of your mouth. So neither one is outright better than the other, but sugar-free ice cream would be!

Do ice cream, ice milk, sherbet and frozen yogurt all have the same amount of sugar in a half-cup serving?

Ice cream, ice milk, sherbet and frozen yogurt all have about 18 grams of sugar per half-cup serving, regardless of brand.

When is the most important time to brush your teeth?

Your saliva helps keep teeth healthy by constantly washing things off of them. But saliva is reduced when you sleep, so whatever food is left on your teeth overnight has a better chance of producing harmful acids. Therefore, it's most important to brushing your teeth right before bed.

It's possible to make low-sugar ice cream with one ingredient. What is it?

You can make creamy, soft-serve "ice cream" from a frozen banana blended up in a food processor. It's not sugar free, though, because of the sugar that occurs naturally in the banana.

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About This Quiz

Are you sweet on frozen treats? Save yourself a few bucks and the potential for a lot of damage to teeth by making your own reduced- and sugar-free ice creams. Before you get started, see how much you know about this cool concoction that everyone is crazy for.

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