16:08 09 November 2016
An Italian cardiologist and ice-cream enthusiast has created a gelato that contains antioxidant properties. Prof Valerio Sanguigni has patented a recipe for his creation, which he says will make people live longer and run faster. Its ingredients contain dark cocoa powder, hazelnut and green tea extracts.
Tests on human subjects showed a marked improvement in the performance as well as vascular function of those who ate it.
Prof Sanguigni’s research document concluded: “To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate that a natural ice cream rich in polyphenols acutely improved vascular function and physical performance in healthy individuals through a reduction in oxidative stress.”
"There is talk of red berries, pomegranates, goji berries (having antioxidant properties). But I found that many foods from farm to our table, they lose their properties. The foods that best preserve these substances are precisely dried fruit, cocoa beans and green tea, especially at low, controlled temperatures."
He added: “Who says that health foods have to taste bad?”