We All Scream for Ice Cream
- Watch the serving size. The official serving size is one half cup. That is not much ice cream. Many people eat more ice cream in one serving than one half cup.
- Aim for no more than 2 ½ grams of saturated fats per serving. Many varieties of ice cream have far more than 2 ½ grams of saturated fat. Check the Nutrition Facts label for information on saturated fat. There are a number of frozen treats that have less than 2/1 grams of fat.
- Beware of added sugar. Many varieties of ice cream have quite a bit of sugar per serving. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women or nine teaspoons for men in an entire day. Too much sugar can raise triglycerides, boost blood glucose, and supply empty calories.
- Look for protein and calcium. Most ice creams have only three or four grams of protein per half cup. Some of the frozen yogurts have up to nine grams of protein. This can be the same amount as non-frozen flavored yogurts.