Ice cream is simply not evil. Everyone knows that ice cream is desert,
it’s a treat, it’s sweet, and nobody tries to pretend that
eating ice cream is somehow an exercise in nutrition. Ice cream has about
100-to-140 calories for every ½ cup (4 ounce) serving. When you
buy an ice cream cone you’ll typically be getting about 100 calories.
On the other hand, a 20 ounce ice cream drink will sock you with over
500 calories, a sugar buzz and a bad “sugar crash” 1 hour
later. But everyone knows this, there is no mystery; when eating ice cream
you’re eating a treat, and moderation is the key.
A pet peeve of mine is not ice cream, its frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt
has many people fooled. They think that somehow all “yogurt”
is healthy. They’re wrong! Frozen yogurt typically has gobs of added
sugar and often more calories than ice cream! I see people diligently
avoiding the ice cream stand but lining up for a 16 ounce cup of frozen
yogurt, thinking that this means they’re health conscious. Not true.
While there is some protein in frozen yogurt (about the same amount as
in ice cream), there are more than 200 calories per cup, or close to 400
calories in a 16 ounce serving. And the probiotic benefit from natural
yogurt with “active cultures” is essentially missing.
My advice is to skip the frozen yogurt altogether and simply grab yourself
the serving of the ice cream you really want as a treat. Don’t try
to convince yourself that somehow a super sweet, frozen yogurt desert,
constitutes a healthy choice.