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Q: Why do Chinese eat ice cream in the winter time?

It is cold, so cold now, and yet I see many Chinese continue to eat ice cream and popsicles. Even too, McDonald's walk by window is selling soft cone ice cream. What is up with that thing?

10 years 25 weeks ago in  Food  - Other cities

 
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Maybe because ICE CREAM ROCKS.... I had one yesterday. (ok, it's 20C here) 

 

The concept of eating something cold to get through a hot day hasn't really broken though in China. As ice cream is not a traditional thing, like A/C, heating and other modern inventions. They are not controlled by the highly regimented behavioral patterns of Chinese society. 

Paulberger:

this comes straight from my herbal doctor's mouth... yes i take TCM and no it wasn't my decision...  "ice cream will damage your stomach on hot days because it will make your body unbalanced (hot extremities and cold stomach).  and ice cream can prevent you from having babies."  plus we all know if you buy ice cream in china you are supporting terrorism... scandinavian...

10 years 25 weeks ago
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Scandinavian:

Seeing a TCM doctor will make you unbalanced as you will be told things like not to eat ice cream which means you will sometimes walk past an ice cream stand when you do in fact really feel like an ice cream. This will over time lead to inner rage and eventually give you the same symptoms as post traumatic stress does. 

 

Life is meant to be lived, not endured. 

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Scandinavian:

by the way, I mainly buy foreign brand ice cream as local brand ice cream may in fact have negative mood impact due to severe lack of actual ice cream taste. 

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Paulberger:

terrorist...

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DrMonkey:

With this balance theory... Should I walk naked in winter, so that I'm as cold as my environment ? Thinking of it, I prefer balance my inner temperature with an ice-cream.

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Scandinavian:

@DrMonkey. If you eat good quality ice cream during winter, it will help you keep warm. The rush of sugar followed by fat gives your body energy to produce heat. 

When I go out during winter, lets say just down to the local ice cream shop and back, a 15 min trip. I don't mind getting cold, because then it will feel nice and warm to come home. Since being cold doesn't have any negative impact on health, being cold is not something I think about too much. 

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brother1818:

I trust Scandinavian on this one! He must know what he's talking about coming from Scandinavia. So I will persist in eating ice cream in winter. 

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Scandinavian:

@brother1818: I do stray from the "cold theory" in our normal everyday home dessert, which would be a scoop of ice next to a steaming hot chocolate fondant. So that would be both worlds there. Of course chocolate fails in the TCM view so ... it's worth asking Google about the health benefits of chocolate. 

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it's -10C here today, and i still eat ice cream.  honestly, china has ruined a lot of great things, but they do ice cream pretty damn good.  i'm partial to strawberry, but the popular milk flavored ones are good too.  i walked to the supermarket earlier today, huddled in my down jacket, eating one...

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Because it's delicious!

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Funny thing about eating ice cream in winter. I see it, too. In the States, in England, in Spain, in France, in Italy, in Russia, and various and sundry countries that just happen not to be China. So what is the question? Really?

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Because those ppl want to be crazy,I am starting to avoid or drink anything cold now.I got a problem after drinking some wines have ice in.Will you feel okay to drink cold milk in the winter time?

Scandinavian:

I've been drinking hot and cold things throughout the year all my life. Never had any problems, in my home country people do that, no problems. Don't underestimate the power of you thinking you will have a problem, it's your thinking that causes the problem, not the drink. (unless the drink is of poor quality of course) 

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In the same way some people drink hot coffee on a hot summer's day...

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many people do it, not only in china

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why not? its healthy for the body and time of the year. And it doesn't melt! Bonus! Won't leave the shop til its gone though! Pollution being what it is and all.

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