If there’s one food that many dieters crave, ice cream would be it. There’s nothing like that cool, creamy taste on a hot summer’s day to refresh you and give you a sweet snack. But, at what price?
While you can purchase low fat varieties of ice cream, any way you want to spoon it up, it’s still going to contain far too many calories and sugar to be added into any regular diet plan.
Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional information of this sweet treat however so you can see for yourself the impacts it will have on your meal plan.
Major Nutrients Found In Ice Cream
The important thing to remember about ice cream is that the variety you choose to purchase will have a big influence on how many calories and how much fat is found in it. If you’re purchasing one of the more gourmet varieties that includes butterscotch, fudge, chocolate pieces, or cookie dough bits, be prepared to easily consume 300 or more calories per half cup.
If you purchase a straight vanilla or chocolate variety though that isn’t as rich in flavor, then you can get away with finding one for closer to the 125 calories per half a cup mark.
But, that said, ice cream doesn’t provide a whole lot of nutrients. There will be a tiny amount of calcium found in it, but more importantly it’s going to be high in sugar and also saturated fat depending on the variety.
For this reason, do try and save it for the very occasional treat and try and find healthier alternatives the rest of the time.
With so many different varieties of ice cream to choose from, be sure that you look for a flavor you like and then compare the calorie count across a few brands. This will help you choose one that does minimal damage to your diet plan.
As soon as you get the ice cream home, be sure to place it in the freezer so it will last as long as possible.
Eat It With:
Ice cream is typically served up on its own, however you can also serve it in an ice cream cone or with candy, nuts, or with chocolate or caramel sauce served over top.
Burn Off Calories In Ice Cream
To burn off the number of calories in a serving of ice cream you would have to do:
- 26 minutes jogging
- 24 minutes cross country skiing
- 20 minutes competitive soccer