Can You Eat Ice Cream and Still Lose Weight?
How savoring your food may help you feel more satisfied.
How savoring your food may help you feel more satisfied. Watch: Low-Fat Ice Cream Sandwich vs Fudge Pop: Which is Healthier?
Licking ice cream is more satisfying than eating it with a spoon, says Kay McMath, a food technologist for New Zealand's Massey University. "Flavor in ice cream is released when the fat-which carries the flavor-is warmed to at least body temperature," McMath explains. When you lick ice cream it coats the tongue and fully warms the frozen treat. A spoon, on the other hand, insulates the ice cream. And then there's the psychological aspect of savoring the treat more slowly: "You just cannot lick ice cream as fast as you can spoon it."