New low-calorie ice cream claims it can help you sleep better
If you ask people to name list some things that makes them happy, ice cream is probably going to be in the top five. Not only is ice cream synonymous with warm sunny days and childhood joy, but a gallon tub of the sweet stuff can make any relationship breakup seem a little less bleak.
Who needs somebody to love them when they've got ice cream?
But the only downside to ice cream is that it is calorific! As with many of the most delicious things in life, ice cream is high in both fat and sugar, meaning we can really only enjoy it as a once in a while treat.
But now, a company called Nightfood has released a range of one-pint flavours that are not only low in calories (compared to many other ice cream brands), but are also "sleep expert approved" and promise to help you get a good night's rest.
The delicious flavours include 'cookies and dreams', 'midnight chocolate', and 'full moon vanilla', and the tubs usually range between 200-400 calories.
Nightfood founder Sean Folkson told Fast Company:
"We looked at everything through the prism of sleep.
"It’s not about, like, dropping an Ambien or some sleep aid into the product; it’s about making ice cream in a way that’s less disruptive."
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And there's actually some science behind all of this. Folkson's seemingly miraculous night-time desert contains all-natural compounds, and the ice cream's amino acid glycine, magnesium, digestive enzymes, protein, fiber, and lower sugar levels allegedly are a recipe for a great slumber.
Dr Eddie Fatakhov informed Healthline:
"There are several studies showing how glycine helps improve sleep and insomnia, including one that showed it helps with sleep onset,” he explains. Additionally, Fatakhov says glycine helps the body make more serotonin, another hormone, and neurotransmitter, that has positive effects on sleep.
"Magnesium helps the body maintain appropriate levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a neurotransmitter that helps in promoting sleep."
So there you have it! Midnight feasters, rejoice!