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In the last post, Meagan from Mutritious Nuffins asked me if I was serious about ice cream being more similar to human breast milk than any other food. And I am. In the words of Uncle Rico, “Oh I’m dead serious.” While ice cream is looked at as one of the king of junk foods, there is no question that it is more similar to human breast milk than any other food. There are some differences too.

One difference, for example, is that ice cream has a much lower ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. Because modern humans eat tons of omega 6 and very little omega 3, and don’t have as great of a power to convert these fatty acids into monounsaturated fats like a cow, the result is milk that is much higher in total polyunsaturated fats and omega 6 polyunsaturated fat in particular.  This is probably one of the reasons why the breast milk of most mothers is subpar, and makes kids sick (although most studies show it is still superior to formula – but I would argue that it depends entirely on which mom’s milk we’re talking about here). We’ve already discussed long ago the differences between the breast milk of a normal mom and that of a diabetic mother.

Okay moms, don’t get your panties in a wad.  I mention this to open your minds about ice cream, because your kid may need some ice cream to improve his or her health.  Ice cream is a powerful metabolism stimulator, and if you think breast milk is nutritious you should see ice cream!  Higher in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, riboflavin, B12, B6, Pantothenic acid, thiamin, and Vitamin E.  Don’t overglorify breast milk and overfear ice cream.  The two are practically identical in many ways…

% fat –

Ice cream – 53%

Breast Milk – 55%

% sugar –

Ice Cream – 39.8%

Breast Milk – 38.7%

% Protein

Ice Cream – 7.3%

Breast Milk – 6.3%

% Saturated Fat

Ice cream – 57%

Breast milk – 45%

% Monounsaturated Fat

Ice Cream – 27%

Breast Milk – 38%

% Polyunsaturated Fat

Ice Cream – 3.5%

Breast Milk – 9.7%

% Omega 3 fatty acids

Ice Cream – 1.38%

Breast Milk – 1.19%

% Omega 6 fatty acids

Ice Cream – 2.2%

Breast Milk – 8.5%

Calcium per 100 calories

Ice Cream – 59 mg

Breast Milk – 46 mg

Cholesterol per 100 calories

Ice Cream – 40 mg

Breast Milk – 20 mg

Okay, so the main difference is that breast milk has less cholesterol, less saturated fat, increased monounsaturated fat, and increased polyunsaturated fat.  Thus, the same differences between ice cream and breast milk are the same differences between normal breast milk and the milk of a diabetic mother, which was found to have the following…

1) low cholesterol content, only one-fifth of normal milk; 2) decreased medium-chain [Saturated] fatty acids, suggesting impairment of fatty acid synthesis in the mammary gland; 3) increased oleic acid; and 4) high concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids, suggesting increased chain elongation.

I don’t think there’s any question that ice cream is not only healthy, but far healthier than most human breast milk.  The only thing it is missing is vitamin C, so get all soccer mom on the kids and get some orange slices in ‘em too.  Overall in a battle of Ice cream vs. Human Breast Milk, I give the title to ice cream.  “But Matt, breast milk is natural! Nature knows best!”  Haha.  Modern breast milk isn’t much more natural to our species than Pam Anderson’s milk dispensers.

***NOTE*** I’m in no way suggesting that ice cream should be a substitute for breast milk when nursing an infant.  That is not the point of this post.  There are too many intangibles with breast milk and breastfeeding to expect ice cream, or any substitute, to fully take its place.  But human breast milk certainly has room for improvement!

 

Info. for this post came from www.nutritiondata.com.  French Vanilla soft serve vs. Milk, human