Can ‘Healthy’ Ice Creams Help You Lose Weight?
Are the popular new “healthy” ice creams like Halo Top®, Arctic Zero® and Breyer’s Delights® too good to be true? A registered dietitian weighs in.
— Contributor: Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE
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Popular new ice creams (like Halo Top®, Arctic Zero® and Breyer’s Delights®) are advertised as “healthy.” They claim to be low in calories and sugar, and high in protein.
However, healthy foods — like fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains — actually improve your health. Because these new, lower calorie ice cream products don’t better your health, I wouldn’t call them healthy.
That said, if you regularly eat ice cream, then replacing it with a product that is lower in calories, lower in saturated fat and lower in sugar would likely improve your diet.
I would consider two major things:
Also, before you top your ice cream with caramel sauce, fudge, whipped cream or candy bits, remember that sundae toppings also pile on extra calories. Consider topping your treat with fiber-rich fresh fruit slices, berries or protein-packed nuts instead.
If using a lower calorie ice cream product helps you decrease the excess calories, saturated fat and added sugar in your diet, then it’s fine to enjoy in moderation — meaning occasionally!
Another option is to control the portions of another sweet treat that you already enjoy.
As always, reading the Nutrition Facts label on each product before you buy it will guide you in making healthier choices.