At one time, ice cream was just milk, sugar, cream and maybe a little bit of fruit. But these days, it’s among the most corrupted — and confusing — foods on the planet. While one pint of ice cream may be a somewhat healthy pick, the one sitting right next to it may be filled scary health-harming chemicals and pack more fat per serving than a Burger King Bacon Cheeseburger Deluxe.
The ice cream aisle is truly a mixed bag — and one that can freeze your fingers and fat loss. To help you steer clear of the worst picks, we scoured supermarket shelves and examined tons of nutrition labels for you. Kick the frozen treats below out of your shopping cart and watch that extra belly fat melt away (pun intended)!
BECAUSE IT’S HIGH IN FAT
Haagen Dazs Butter Pecan, ½ cup
|Saturated Fat||10 g|
Would you rather eat two Krispy Kreme Original Glazed donuts or a half a cup of this stuff? Nutritionally, it’s a toss up. Believe it or not, both have the same amount of fat and saturated fat. If you wouldn’t down two breakfast pastries in one sitting, skip this sinful scoop.
BECAUSE THEY’RE LOADED WITH SUGAR
Graeter’s Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip, ½ cup
|Saturated Fat||11 g|
We love a good cookie dough ice cream, but not one that packs 320 calories and 31 grams of sugar in a measly half-cup. We get that nearly every dessert, by definition, is made with some sugar, but that’s more of the stuff than you’d find in seven Sugared Raised Donuts from Dunkin Donuts. If you know what’s good for your waistline, you’ll pass on this overly-indulgent pint.
Talenti German Chocolate Cake, ½ cup
|Saturated Fat||6 g|
Another player in the “premium” ice cream world, this tub is overloaded with sugar and soybean oil, a fat that has been linked to weight gain. The candied pecans and swirls of caramel in this tub may make your mouth water, but there are far better options in the freezer aisle.
BECAUSE IT’S MADE WITH WEIRD INGREDIENTS
Blue Bunny Birthday Party Premium, ½ cup
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
Birthday parties are supposed to be fun. Kicking off a fiesta with a tub of this stuff, though, is anything but. Hydrogenated soybean oil (a type of trans fat) and titanium dioxide (an additive that gives sunblock its white hue) are just two of the not-so-natural ingredients you’ll find in a tub of this Blue Bunny ice cream. It gets worse: Those sprinkles scattered throughout the pint get some of their coloring from Yellow 5 and 6, two artificial dyes found to promote Attention Deficit Disorder in children.
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