As healthy as this homemade ice cream from Jaime Oliver for PBS Parents looks, we need educate ourselves and students about the consequences of sugar consumption. Since Sunday was “National Ice Cream Day” and — if there’s ever a time to give into the temptation of a sweet treat, perhaps it’s ice cream, PBS LearningMedia can help with the celebration, tying the sweet treat to education and science. At the same time, other PBS resources can offer important insights into sugar’s dangers.
PBS LearningMedia offers one guilt free way to enjoy ice cream by burning off the extra calories using a bike-powered ice cream maker with SciGirls | Pedal Power 02: Research and Brainstorm. You can also scan 3 pages of resources when you search “ice cream” on PBS LearningMedia.
For other PBS resources with cautionary tales about about sugar and its dangers, you can check out San Francisco’s KQED’s Sweet Revenge: Dr. Robert Lustig Explains How to Cut Sugar, Lose Weight and Turn the Tables On Processed Foods or PBS NewsHour’s Study finds half of U.S. adults at risk for health problems related to elevated blood sugar. You’ll find more when you google “PBS on sugar.”