This Pint of Ice Cream Crams in More Than Half a Day’s Calories

“The sides of the Magnum Tub are encased in a shell of chocolate, which preserves the iconic chocolate crack that ice cream lovers hear upon biting into a Magnum Ice Cream bar.”

Translation: You experience the excitement of squeezing the container to crack the chocolate casing before digging in. Isn’t it amazing what flagging sales—and a little competition from low-cal up-start Halo Top—can do to a company’s creative juices?

Multisensory? Does that mean you’ll be able to feel your insulin surging from the sugar and your arteries choking from the saturated fat?

Thanks to the new Nutrition Facts label—kudos to Magnum for rolling it out before the 2020 deadline—you don’t need a calculator to know what’s in a serving (⅔ cup)…or in the entire pint. (Yes, Virginia, that’s a serving for some.)

A pint of the Milk Chocolate Hazelnut delivers 1,020 calories, 39 grams (a two-day supply) of saturated fat, and 69 grams (16 teaspoons) of added sugar.

The Milk or White Chocolate Vanilla and Dark Chocolate Raspberry are in the same ballpark.

It’s like eating half a tub (three cups) of Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream topped with five pats of butter. Of course, you’d have to get your crack somewhere else.

Photo: Jen Urban/CSPI.

The information in this post first appeared in the June 2018 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.

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Is Ice Cream Good for You? Nutrition Facts and More

Like most processed desserts, ice cream has several health drawbacks to keep in mind.

High in added sugar

It’s no secret that ice cream is loaded with sugar.

Many varieties contain 12–24 grams of added sugar in just a 1/2-cup (65-gram) serving (1).

It’s recommended that you limit added sugars to under 10% of your daily calories, or about 50 grams of sugar for a 2,000-calorie diet (7).

Thus, one or two small servings of ice cream can easily push you toward this daily limit.

Additionally, research links excessive sugar intake to multiple health conditions, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease (8, 9).

Calorie-dense and low in nutrients

Ice cream is laden with calories but offers few nutrients — aside from calcium and phosphorus (10).

If you eat ice cream as an occasional treat, you shouldn’t worry about its lack of nutrients. However, if you often replace nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, or whole grains with ice cream, your diet could be lacking necessary vitamins and minerals.

Plus, ice cream’s high calorie load may promote weight gain if you eat too much.

May contain unhealthy additives

Many ice creams are highly processed and include ingredients like artificial flavors and additives.

Some artificial ingredients and preservatives have been associated with negative health effects, while others have been proven safe.

Notably, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned seven artificial flavorings, including benzophenone, given their association with cancer in animal studies. These compounds were common in ice cream and other desserts (11, 12).

Additionally, processed ice creams regularly harbor artificial food dyes, such as Red No. 3 (erythrosine) and Blue No. 2 (indigo carmine). Although they’re approved by the FDA, some research links these dyes to hyperactivity and behavioral issues in children (13).

Guar gum, which is used to thicken and texturize foods, is also common in ice cream. It’s generally considered safe but has been associated with mild side effects, such as bloating, gas, and cramps (14).

What’s more, animal and test-tube research suggest that carrageenan, likewise found in ice cream, may promote intestinal inflammation (15).

summary

Ice cream has several downsides. It’s low in nutrients, high in added sugar and calories, and may contain artificial ingredients.

You scream, I scream, we all scream, for ice cream! That beloved saying will be around forever because let’s face it, who doesn’t love the delicious treat? Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or maybe rocky road – yes, to all of them!

If you’re on a diet and counting calories, you’re probably not interested. But, what if I told you there are actually surprising health benefits to eating ice cream? Do I have your attention yet? Well, before you sit on the couch with a tub of ice cream and begin your next Netflix binge, get educated on what those health benefits actually are.

Daily Dairy Serving

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who ate at least one daily serving of full-fat dairy products, like ice cream, actually gained less weight than those who did not include the serving in their daily diet. What does that all mean? A half cup serving of vanilla or chocolate ice cream is approximately 140 calories – 7g fat and 14g sugar. If you want to make it healthier, check out the slow-churned options because they are even better for you.

As long as you’re being mindful of portions and checking out the specifics, having a scoop or two of ice cream is a great option.

Weight Loss

You may not have known it, but your body burns more calories when you consume something cold. Now remember, you can’t eat an entire tub of ice cream and expect to shed 10 pounds, but you can definitely encourage your body to shed a few more pounds with the cold treat. Sometimes, it’s super encouraging to be knowledgeable on the “rewards” that you can eat when you’re adhering to a diet and trying to lose weight. Perhaps knowing that ice cream can be an option will give you the extra perk you need to reach your weight loss goal.

Infertility

The Human Reproduction, a Harvard published journal, suggested that consuming whole milk or ice cream could potentially improve the chances of a woman having a baby. The study observed 18,000 women between the ages of 24 and 42. Researchers tracked each woman’s eating habits and the women who ate full-fat ice cream, two or more times a week, were said to have a 38 percent lower risk of ovulation related infertility than the women who ate full-fate ice cream less than once a week.

There have even been reports that pregnant women, experiencing nausea in early stages of pregnancy, have combated nausea by eating a scoop or two of ice cream. The calcium, from ice cream, can actually help the bone growth of the fetus as well.

Nutrients

While ice cream is definitely not showcased on the nutritional food pyramid, there are key nutrients in the ice cream that help your body. You probably already know that ice cream contains bone strengthening calcium and phosphorus, potassium that lowers your blood pressure and B vitamins that provide energy are all found in ice cream. B vitamins are important because they are your body’s resource for tissue repair and cell growth.

Ice cream also contains Vitamin K which is a vital element of the blood clotting pathway. If you do even more research, you’ll find a ton of other vitamins in ice cream.

Energy Boost

Do you ever use ice cream as a treat to reward your kids or maybe even yourself after a rough day or week? Since the treat is rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, ice cream serves well as a pick-me-up. No matter if you’re feeling tired or just having a rough patch, turn to ice cream for an energy transformation. And if it boosts your energy, it must perk up your mood.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, there are 137 kilocalories of energy in one half cup of vanilla ice cream, which is about twice the number in one half cup of milk.

Immunity

Not only does ice cream give you energy, but it also enhances your immunity. Ice cream contains lactoferrin and cytokines – both of those items combat the influenza virus and help people get over the flu.

You may have heard, from various old wives tales, that you’re supposed to stay away from dairy if you’re sick; however, these two elements found in ice cream are definitely reasons why you can enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream when you’re fighting a virus.

Increased Sex Drive

A study of Chicago Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that when men smell the scent of vanilla, that their sense of passion was increased. The study also found that because ice cream has high levels of calcium and phosphorus that it helps to build your muscle energy reserves and boost your libido.

Your Mood

Think about it, have you ever seen someone looking upset or angry as they’re eating an ice cream cone? No way – there’s even science to prove that ice cream puts you in a good mood. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry in London tracked the brain activity of people eating vanilla ice cream. As soon as the subjects swallowed their ice cream, researchers identified an instantaneous effect on their brain – specifically the orbitofrontal cortex.

This part of your brain is often referred to as the pleasure center because this area is activated when people are happy.

It’s important to do your research and understand the true nutritional facts of everything that you put into your body. Oftentimes, as a society, we become bogged down by the click bait articles and other assumptions – just because something tastes delicious and is deemed as a treat, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not good for you.

Keep in mind that we’re not suggesting that you can or should eat ice cream all day or in large serving sizes, we’re just stating the facts that are backed by research, and finding ways you can enjoy delicious desserts like ice cream.

We all love ice cream; if you say you don’t, you’re obviously lying! What if we told you that ice cream is actually good for you and your health? Mind = blown…because it’s true! Not only does ice cream taste absolutely delicious but it also has many health benefits, gives you an excuse to buy local, and can give you more energy! Keep reading for 7 reasons why ice cream is good for you and learn a little bit about our favorite ice cream vendor- La Gelateria Hawaii!

1 You can eat ice cream every day and lose weight

Calcium is a key ingredient in ice cream and calcium-rich foods help keep your body strong and metabolism running well. A.K.A. eating ice cream = weight-loss diet. We would choose eating ice cream over running on the treadmill any day of the week!

2 Ice cream contains vitamins and minerals

Eating ice cream is essentially putting milk and cream into your body; these ingredients are great sources of calcium, vitamins A and D, riboflavin, and phosphorus. Depending on the flavor of ice cream, you may be getting even more nutrients. Flavors like vanilla bean and dark chocolate are loaded with antioxidants. Just imagine how healthy a chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream is ?

3 It’s an excuse to eat apples (A.K.A. apple pie)

Now that you know ice cream can help you lose weight, it means you can feel less guilty when pairing it with your favorite desserts! Vanilla ice cream pairs perfectly with a warm apple pie, like our Top of Waikiki Signature Apple Pie! Apples are healthy too, right? Your diet is off to a great start.

4 Ice cream stimulates your brain

Do you feel tired first thing in the morning? Try waking up with a scoop of ice cream! No, we’re not joking. Ice cream can stimulate your brain and give you a boost in the morning thanks to its vitamins and minerals. It also tends to increase dopamine levels in the body, which makes you feel more awake and alert. Goodbye, coffee- hello, ice cream!

5 Ice cream boosts your immune system

Ice cream is a form of fermented dairy and fermented foods help protect your body from gastrointestinal and respiratory infections. You’ll see lactose (dairy) ingredients in a lot of probiotics that people take to help boost their immune systems because the stronger your gut and respiratory systems, the stronger your immune system will be. Let’s be real, eating a scoop of ice cream sounds much more exciting than taking a probiotic pill every day!

6 Ice cream makes you happier

Although ice cream is considered a great comfort food, it can literally make you happier. It helps produce serotonin, the feel-good hormone in our bodies. So, if you’re feeling down or having a bad day, ice cream is a great way to pick yourself back up! Make sure you always have some stocked up in your freezer.

7 It’s an excuse to buy local

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Not only can eating ice cream be good for you but buying ice cream can also be good for you and local businesses, your local economy, and the farm-to-table movement! By purchasing local products, you’re also ensuring that what you’re getting is fresher and healthier than what you would find in a big-name grocery store. So, your healthy ice cream can be even healthier when buying local!

Our favorite local ice cream business here, on Oahu, is IL Gelato Hawaii! This is where we get all of our gelatos and sorbets for our Top of Waikiki dessert menu (and SKY Waikiki, too!); they offer excellent quality products that are all made using healthy, natural ingredients. Plus, their flavor range is amazing!

About La Gelateria Hawaii:

La Gelateria was created in 1981 by Maurice Grasso who came to America in 1956 as an electrical engineer. Maurice fell in love with the Hawaiian Islands on vacation and wanted to find a way to stay. He dearly missed Italian gelato, finding that there just wasn’t any good ice cream on the islands- inspiring him to start La Gelateria and blend Italian gelato with Hawaiian flavors. La Gelateria now has over 200 recipes including Hawaiian-influenced flavors like dragon fruit and guava, as well as classic Italian flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut. Maurice understands that gelato should be fresh, natural, and inventive and believes that love and imagination should be the just as evident on the palate as the flavor.

The gelatos from La Gelateria are so delicious, we feature at least one flavor in almost all of our desserts:

House-made Chewy Fudge Brownie Sundae $9

Fudge brownie, almond brittle, butterscotch sauce, vanilla gelato

Molten Chocolate Butter Cake $11

Butter cake, chocolate ganache, salted butter sauce, served with Tahitian vanilla gelato

Top of Waikiki’s Signature Apple Pie $10

Warm apple pie, brown butter crumble, served with Tahitian vanilla gelato

Local Gelatos $7

Choose from vanilla, coconut, or macadamia nut

At Top of Waikiki, we are dedicated to serving delectable and high-quality cuisine that supports local farms and vendors whenever possible! You can find all dishes that include locally sourced ingredients by looking for the pineapple icon on our menu.

5 Reasons Ice Cream is Good for You

We know you don’t need another excuse to eat Moose Tracks, but we have a few reasons why you should allow yourself to indulge. Ice cream is no longer just a fun food to bring you happiness and comfort; it’s actually good for you! We know we sound crazy and we know what you’re thinking, and no, it can’t replace a salad, but it might be a bit healthier than you think it is. Here are five good examples of why eating ice cream could truly be good for your health.

1. Contains Vitamins

Yes, just like the vitamins you take daily. Ice cream is actually a great source of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin A and phosphorus. Plus, some ice cream flavors have even more nutrients. Vanilla beans have antioxidants as well as calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron, making our Original Moose Tracks a perfect treat full of vitamins. Dark chocolate is also flooded with antioxidants and contains flavonoids to protect your heart, oleic acid to lower cholesterol levels and phytochemicals to fight off free radicals – so double up on that Moose Tracks Fudge 😊

2. Provides Energy

Not only does ice cream contain vitamins, it provides lots of energy. Ice cream is rich in carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which are all needed for our bodies to produce energy However, remember to eat in moderation, as too much of a good thing can also have undesired effects.

3. Stimulates the Brain

Ice cream helps stimulate the thrombopoietin, which is a hormone that helps reduce stress levels in the body, which is why you might find yourself reaching for a whole carton of Mint Moose Tracks after a stressful day at the office. Ice cream also contains L-tryptophan, which is a natural tranquilizer and helps in relaxing the nervous system. It also helps prevent symptoms of insomnia.

4. Good for Your Bones

You grew up being told that calcium is good for building strong bones and teeth. And that’s right; in fact, 99% of your bones are made up of calcium and ice cream is a great source of calcium. So, you can feel less guilty about eating that bowl of Chocolate Moose Tracks, it’s good for your bones!

5. Makes you Happier

It’s no secret that ice cream makes you happy, but did you know there’s scientific evidence behind that feeling? Ice cream helps produce serotonin, a feel-good hormone. Because of this, many medical professionals recommend that those who are struggle with a seasonal effective disorder to keep some ice cream on hand during the winter season as a pick-me-up. As if you needed another reason to always have Moose Tracks on hand, you can now say your doctor recommends it.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to the freezer for a tub of Moose Tracks and dig in! You now have five factual reasons to do so, though we don’t think you ever really need an excuse to enjoy some ice cream 😉

After Reading This You Will Not Have to Worry About Calories in Magnum Ice Cream!

The summer is here! And along with it our unrequited love for ice creams! I think we speak for all when we say that summer won’t be summers without a little ice cream indulgence.

And just to put emphasis on our point, enter the delicious magnum ice cream, with it’s enticing posters which seem nothing short of a fantasy world full of beautifully carved ice creams being enjoyed by beautifully sculpted divas like Kareena Kapoor; in short the perfect vision of paradise where angels are allowed to enjoy as much sinful indulgences as they want without having to worry about the calorie explosion. But we sadly live in the real world where too much ice cream can start getting in the way of the closing of our jeans’ button more than underlining the painful reminder that life is real sans the fantasy.

The science of craving is such that our brain just at the site of a tempting bowl of ice cream ignites the pleasure centres creating an absolute need to have ice cream at that moment. It continually reminds us how smooth and tantalizing its taste is and how happy it made us the last time we had it. So we naturally go weak in the knees and after a bout of half-hearted reminders of how it will ruin our diet we relinquish and just sit down with our own bowl which promises to give us a lifetime of happiness and other thoughts only kick in when the damage is done. Since, it is foolish to act against the force of nature (read love), we decided to plan out your whole magnum treat. Starting from its nutritional value, calories involved to how to burn away the guilt! Leaving us with the promise of living many more memorable reunions with our beloved!

Nutritional chart of the three magnums bars available:

NutrientsMagnum Classic (87g= 1 bar)Magnum Almond (79g= 1 bar)Magnum Chocolate Truffle (83g= 1 bar)Calories300270340Carbohydrates26g (1g dietary +25g sugars)24g (1g dietary +22g sugars + 1g sugar alcohol)34g (2g dietary +29g sugars + 3g sugar alcohol)Fat20g18g21gProteins4g4g4gCholesterol25mg25mg20mgSodium55mg50mg50mgVitamin A4%4%4%Calcium10%10%10%Iron10%6%15%

Now, how to burn the ingested 300 calories* after the moment of eternal bliss has passed and faded.

Dance the calories off: That’s right! Dancing to any dance fitness program for 40 minutes will make those 300 calories fade away instantly.

Do the stairs run: Just run up and down the stairs for 30 minutes and say a mental goodbye to the guilt pangs that erupted right after you finished eating.

Groove to Zumba tunes: Another fun way to burn off more than 300 calories is a one hour session of zumba where you do not realize when the calories burn away as you end up having so much fun.

Walk it out: A one hour session of brisk walking will make those calories evaporate off from your body leaving you refreshed.

Step on the pedal: One hour of cycling at moderate speed can help you balance out the ice cream bulk and leave you glowing.

Jump to happiness: Jumping rope is another effective way to cast away unwanted calories, just do this for 30 minutes and feel the elation of being an angel who never has to worry about her waist.

Swim to guilt-free lands of pleasure: A one hour session of swimming can also help you burn those 300 annoying calories which got served to you without your permission.

Apart from these you can always go check out more home exercises which can help get in shape and let you enjoy your magnum on the side.

*the result of fat burn varies from person to person with respect to their age and weight.

Even though the magnums are high in calories like every other ice cream, it also has a fair amount of essential nutrients like vitamin A, calcium and iron which help our body function well. The high carbohydrate content will help provide an instant boost of energy in a fuel deprived body but be aware if your body is not fuel deprived, this extra carbohydrates will just make room in your fat cells adding to your weight. So be careful if you are already full, gorging on one of these decadent beauties can lead to definite expansion of the waist!

Another thing which stares right at us is the cholesterol level which is bound to be high as ice creams are made of whole milk and cream but remember- high cholesterol foods are usually taken by people trying to gain weight or muscle – so if you are not the one to hit the gym on a regular basis try to avoid foods which are high on cholesterol.

Being mindful of the number of times you indulge can be a key solution to balancing your weight and craving, along with some exercise of course. So just remember to indulge only a calculated number of times so that the times you do end up eating it, you enjoy it to the fullest. Research shows that the more number of times you feed your craving, the higher your craving levels go. So discipline that mind of yours to maintain that body of yours!

What Does a Serving of Ice Cream Look Like?

I love ice cream. I eat it more often than I’d like to admit. If I had to pick one food to take to a deserted island, I’d pick ice cream (provided the island had a freezer).

Unfortunately, you don’t get much bang for your buck when it comes to this creamy treat. One serving is half a cup — see above picture. It may look like a lot in a measuring cup, but when placed in a regular sized bowl, it seems pretty measly:

especially when compared to the size of my fist:

I also compared this serving of ice cream to a couple of things I had lying around, and much to my dismay I found that a scoop is no larger than a small tomato:

or a medium sized lemon:

Moral of the story? While there’s no need to eliminate ice cream from your diet (gasp!), do make an effort to serve small portions (unless you splurge on treats only once in a great while, then you can eat a little more). The way I personally trick myself is to serve ice cream in a tiny bowl or mug, so it seems like a heftier portion than it really is.

In the mood for ice cream? Try these ice cream sandwiches…yum! Just make sure you have people to share them with 🙂

Ice Cream ServingsHow Much Ice Cream Should You Buy?

Need to find out how many ice cream servings are in a gallon of ice cream? Or are you just trying to figure out how much ice cream should you buy for your party?

This page is dedicated to helping you determine how much ice cream you should buy – so that everyone is satisfied!!

1 serving of ice cream is considered to be 1/2 cup of ice cream…but most people eat more than just a half a cup of ice cream!

So, to determine how much ice cream you need to buy, ask yourself…

  • Who will you be eating the ice cream?
  • If your guests are small kids or people who only pick at desserts, you will probably be able to get by with just 1/2 cup ice cream servings.

    If your guests are big eaters, then you’re going to have to buy a little extra ice cream – they’re going to eat more than just their 1/2 cup allotment!

  • What else will you be serving with the ice cream?
  • If you’re serving cake and ice cream, you’ll only need to give your guests 1/2 cup servings.

    If ice cream is the main part of the dessert (ex. ice cream sundaes), you can count on your guests wanting more than just a regular serving of ice cream!

How Many Ice Cream Servings Equal…?

This information is based on the traditional 1/2 cup servings of ice cream.

4 servings = pint of ice cream

8 servings = quart of ice cream

16 servings = half gallon of ice cream

32 servings = gallon of ice cream

64 servings = 2 gallons of ice cream

96 servings = 3 gallons of ice cream

128 servings = 4 gallons of ice cream

160 servings = 5 gallons of ice cream

How Much Ice Cream is In…?

This information is based on approximately 2/3 cup servings…probably a more realistic serving size. Still, it’s important to know your crowd and prepare accordingly!

3 servings = pint of ice cream

6 servings = quart of ice cream

12 servings = half gallon of ice cream

24 servings = gallon of ice cream

48 servings = 2 gallons of ice cream

72 servings = 3 gallons of ice cream

96 servings = 4 gallons of ice cream

120 servings = 5 gallons of ice cream

How Many Ice Cream Sundaes Equal…?

This information is based on 1 cup servings. If you’re serving ice cream sundaes, you can plan on your guests eating 1 to 1 1/2 cups of ice cream!

2 servings = pint of ice cream

4 servings = quart of ice cream

8 servings = half gallon of ice cream

16 servings = gallon of ice cream

32 servings = 2 gallons of ice cream

48 servings = 3 gallons of ice cream

64 servings = 4 gallons of ice cream

80 servings = 5 gallons of ice cream

How Many Ice Cream Sundaes Can I Make with…?

This information is based on 1 1/2 cup servings. If you’re serving ice cream sundaes, you can plan on your guests eating 1 to 1 1/2 cups of ice cream!

A little more than 1 serving = pint of ice cream

A little more than 2 servings = quart of ice cream

A little more than 5 servings = half gallon of ice cream

A little more than 10 servings = gallon of ice cream

A little more than 21 servings = 2 gallons of ice cream

32 servings = 3 gallons of ice cream

A little more than 42 servings = 4 gallons of ice cream

A little more than 54 servings = 5 gallons of ice cream
This info should help you to figure out how much ice cream you’ll need for your party or get-together! It’s always good to get a little extra – just in case your guests’ ice cream servings are a little bigger than you expected or some ice cream melts along the way!

Don’t get to stressed though! Enjoy the planning and enjoy the party! You’ll be eating ice cream after all!

By Jenn Fraiser

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There are few foods that have their own section in the grocery store, but ice cream is so popular that it claims half an aisle. After all, what’s better than a sweet, creamy, cold bowl of your all-time favorite flavor?

If you’re an ice cream lover, you might be reluctant to start a low-carb or keto diet. Removing ice cream from your diet can seem intimidating, if not impossible.

But there are a variety of low-carb ice cream alternatives that can satiate your sweet tooth while helping you stay in ketosis and reach your goals.

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Why Isn’t Ice Cream Low-Carb or Keto-Friendly?

Ice cream is best known as a sweet, frozen food made from dairy products. The main ingredients in classic ice cream (or custard) are milk, granulated sugar, and cream. Other flavors are often added to these ingredients, creating the vast variety you see in the grocery store.

The calories and macronutrients will vary depending on the type and flavor of ice cream. One serving of vanilla ice cream has about 137 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, and 16 grams of net carbs while a serving of Moose Tracks ice cream (containing peanut butter cups and chocolate chips) comes to a total of 210 calories, including 13 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, and 20 grams of net carbs.

Ice cream is not considered keto-friendly because of added sugars. These sugars raise your blood glucose levels, lower the levels of ketones in your blood, and prevent your body from burning fat stores.

Searching for a Keto-Friendly Ice Cream Brand: Dos and Don’ts

Perfect Keto has many low-carb ice cream recipes you can make at home. But for the times when you don’t want to go through the extra work, a store-bought brand might suffice — check out this article for the best keto ice cream brands Perfect Keto recommends. However, many labels are nothing more than clever marketing ploys, so try to keep these things in mind:

Don’t Always Believe the Food Label

Ice creams labeled as “low-carb,” “keto-friendly,” or “perfect for a low-carb lifestyle” are misleading at best. These are not regulated terms, so do your part to read the nutrition label. Ensure there are no extra fillers, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or dyes.

Do Look for Keto-Friendly Sweeteners

Ice cream flavors sweetened with monk fruit, stevia, or Swerve (and nothing else) are safe to consume on the keto diet. Always choose brands that use these products instead of artificial sweeteners. So Delicious offers a no-sugar added butter pecan flavor sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol (plus, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free).

Don’t Assume that “Dairy-Free” Means “Keto-Friendly”

Remember, dairy isn’t the reason you avoid ice cream in a low-carb lifestyle — sugar is. Many products with almond milk, coconut milk, or coconut cream listed as the primary ingredient are packed with sugar. If you look at the nutrition facts of Ben and Jerry’s dairy-free chunky monkey flavor, you’ll see it’s made with almond milk yet packs a horrifying 31 grams of carbs and 26 grams of sugar in a half-cup serving size.

Do Be On the Look-Out for Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols don’t impact blood sugar levels, so they’re usually marketed toward people following low-carb diets, or those diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, sugar alcohols can cause digestive distress in some people. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol used in many brands including So Delicious and Halo Top, and is generally recognized as safe by the USDA. However, there have been growing complaints over digestive discomfort with other sugar alcohols including xylitol, mannitol, and sorbitol.

Don’t Aim for Low-Fat or Fat-Free Varieties

If you opt for a dairy ice cream flavor, it’s best to look for one made from egg yolks, full-fat cream, milk, vanilla beans or other spices, and keto-friendly sweeteners. Try to avoid low-fat products at all costs, as the healthy fats are usually replaced with carbs or sugar.

5 Low-Carb Ice Cream Alternatives

While most ice cream flavors provide a suitable dose of fat for a ketogenic diet, they’re also high in carbs because of the sugar content. Most commercial brands also lack dietary fiber, making the treat a poor nutritional choice.

Fortunately, there are many homemade ice cream recipes that let you indulge in your favorite dessert while keeping your carb count low — there are even some dairy-free options.

While dairy can be included in a keto diet, it also poses some potential downsides, so you may want to limit your intake or stick to the dairy-free choices on this list.

#1: Low-Carb Death by Chocolate Ice Cream

Image: Low Carb Death By Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate is a classic ice cream flavor and now you can enjoy this low-carb take on a favorite.

Death by Low-Carb Chocolate has a keto-approved ingredient list, and contrary to the name, it won’t kill you. All you need to make this decadent keto treat is heavy cream, non-dairy milk, cocoa powder, low-carb sweetener, eggs, unsweetened chocolate, and vanilla extract. Chances are you already have all the ingredients on hand.

Find the full recipe here.

#2: Low-Carb Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Image: Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Missing mint ice cream on the keto diet? This unique recipe is your ticket to a delectably low-carb, sugar-free version.

Because it calls for heavy whipping cream as its base, it will taste nearly indistinguishable from other sugar-filled versions. Just remember to look for grass-fed (or at least organic) dairy when possible.

In addition to heavy whipping cream, you’ll need low-carb sweetener, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, non-dairy milk, and sugar-free dark chocolate.

Find the full recipe here.

#3: No-Churn Keto Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Image: No-Churn Keto Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Don’t have an ice cream maker on hand? No worries. This low-carb dessert doesn’t need one. While this recipe does require a bit more effort to make it keto, it’s worth it.

Since you won’t be using an ice cream maker, you’ll have to create your own condensed milk with coconut milk and your keto-friendly sweetener like stevia or monk fruit to ensure the texture is light and airy.

The “cookie” part of this recipe includes almond flour, cacao powder, sugar substitute, egg, and coconut oil. But the ice cream itself is simply a mix of coconut milk with heavy whipping cream.

While you have to prepare these components separately, the end result is a delicious, creamy treat with ingredients that are packed with healthy, low-carb fats.

Find the full recipe here.

#4: Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

Image: Keto Vanilla Ice Cream

The perfect accompaniment to any dessert is classic vanilla ice cream. And like the cookies and cream recipe, this Keto Vanilla Ice Cream doesn’t require churning with an ice cream maker.

One thing most low-carb or sugar-free ice cream recipes have in common is heavy whipping cream. If you incorporate dairy into your diet, whipping cream provides a great base for the perfect ice cream consistency and offers nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.

Find the full recipe here.

#5: Keto Superfood Nice Cream

You might say this ice cream has superpowers. And you might be right. The simple ingredient list is packed with nutrition, flavor, and a very special secret ingredient: Cauliflower. It might sound strange, but its inclusion in this easy-to-make chocolate ice cream makes it a guilt-free dessert.

Cauliflower is bursting with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, has anti-inflammatory effects and improves your brain and heart health. Paired with coconut milk, cocoa powder, stevia (or monk fruit), and a pinch of black pepper and pink salt, you can be savoring this “nice” cream in about 10 minutes.

Find the full recipe here.

4 Keto Ice Cream Toppings to Complete Your Favorite Dessert

Many people think adopting a keto diet means you have to completely miss out on your favorite sweets. But these low-carb ice cream alternatives prove that doesn’t have to be the case.

Of course, no ice cream treat would be complete without your favorite toppings. Use these high-fat, low-sugar ice cream toppings and mix-ins to complete your dessert:

  • Keto Salted Caramel Whipped Cream
  • Thick and Rich Keto Whipped Cream
  • Quick and Easy Sugar-Free Peach Lemon Curd
  • Easy Keto Chocolate Fudge

Yes, You Can Still Enjoy Ice Cream on the Keto Diet

As you’ve come to find out, you can still enjoy many of your favorite foods on the keto diet — it might just take a few tweaks.

Remember, when it comes to low-carb ice cream, choose one with a keto-friendly sweetener like monk fruit, stevia, or Swerve. If you buy a store-bought brand, opt for those with no sugar alcohols. Be sure to read the ingredients label and nutrition facts carefully, and don’t be fooled by clever marketing ploys.

Perfect Keto has a number of homemade ice cream recipes to enjoy. Or, you can make yourself a sundae and top your low-carb ice cream with whipped cream and chocolate fudge. Now, the only question is — which recipe will you make first?

Frozen desserts like ice cream are traditionally calorie dense and contain a high amount of sugar. Ice cream is a dairy product and offers some benefits like calcium and a few grams of protein; check the nutrition facts on the product packaging for exact amounts. That’s not to say frozen dairy desserts are a healthy part of a regular diet, though, since most calories in ice cream are in the form of fat and processed sugar. Often ice cream is eaten plain, as with the ever-popular flavors chocolate and vanilla, but it’s also common now to include multiple mix-ins like candy and nuts, or toppings like hot fudge. A product with lots of these additional ingredients, for example Snickers ice cream, will likely have a high number of total calories, as indicated on the calorie chart. Items with low calories are made with low-fat milk or, in the case of soft serve, have more air integrated during the mixing process. Ice cream made from alternative vegan milk, such as soy milk and coconut milk, can be found, but these will still contain just as much sugar and therefore also have low nutritional value.

6 of your favorite ice cream brands ranked by calories

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Some store-brand ice creams are healthier than others.
  • We compared half a cup of vanilla from six popular store brands to see the calories, fat and sugar content, and ingredients in each.
  • Ranked from least to most healthiest the brands are: Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Baskin Robbins, Blue Bunny, Breyers, and Edy’s.

Ice cream is THE dessert of summer.

Every freezer section of every American grocery store is stockpiled with tons of flavors, brands and ice cream products from gelato to popsicles.

It’s common knowledge that ice cream is not the healthiest dessert when considering calories, fat, and sugar. But it’s important to keep in mind that not all store-brands are created equally when it comes to ice cream nutrition.

I wanted to find out how popular ice cream brands stack up against each other in the nutrition department, and so decided on six of the most well-known.

For this article, I compared ½ cup servings of vanilla ice cream and ranked them based on their fat and sugar content as well as how natural their ingredients are.

Here they are, from least to most healthiest.

How many calories in a cup of chocolate ice cream

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