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Consumer Reports: Can ice cream ever be healthy

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Consumer Reports: Can ice cream ever be healthy

Consumer Reports: Can ice cream ever be healthy

Can ice cream ever be good for you?

Well, the makers of light and low-calorie frozen desserts want you to think it’s possible, promising great taste, with far fewer calories, fat and sugars.

Consumer Reports dug into pint after pint to see if any hit that sweet spot.

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Consumer Reports: Can ice cream ever be healthy

AS MARK EXPLAINS -- THE MAKERSOF "LIGHT" AND LOW-CALORIEFROZENDESSERTS WANT YOU TO THINK IT'SPOSSIBLE.COMPANIES PROMISE THE PRODUCTSHAVE THE SAME GREATTASTE, WITH FAR FEWER CALORIES,FAT AND SUGARS.BUT CONSUMER REPORTS DUG INTOPINT AFTER PINT TO SEE IF ANYHIT THATSWEET SPOT...AND GAVE AHEALTHIER TREAT THAT TASTES LIKETRADITIONALICE CREAM.I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALLSCREAM FOR --"ICE CREAM IS ONE OF MY FAVORITEDESSERTS."BUT CAN A FROZEN TREAT CLAIMINGTO BE SWEET AND SATISFYING,WITHOUT THE FAT AND SUGAR OFREAL ICE CREAM HIT THE SPOTINSTEAD?CONSUMER REPORTS TESTED 13FROZEN VANILLA-FLAVORED TREATS,INCLUDINGLIGHT AND LOW-FAT ICE CREAMS,FROZEN YOGURTS AND NON-DAIRYFROZEN DESSERTS, FOR TASTE,TEXTURE AND NUTRITION.CHYRON: AMY KEATING, CONSUMERREPORTS NUTRITIONIST"TO ACHIEVE THE TASTE ANDTEXTURE OF REGULAR ICE CREAM,THESELIGHTER ICE CREAMS HAVE A LOT OFADDITIVES - LIKE GUMS, SUGARSUBSTITUTES, PROTEINCONCENTRATES, AND EVEN ADDEDFIBER."CR TESTERS TRIED TWO OF BEST-SELLING BRAND HALO TOP'SOFFERINGS.

THE VANILLA BEANLIGHT ICE CREAM GOT "VERY GOOD"MARKS FOR TASTE, WITH MODERATEVANILLA FLAVOR BUTTERSCOTCH ANDEGGY NOTES.

TESTERS FOUND THETEXTURE SLIGHTLY ICY.BUT, HALO TOP'S VANILLA MAPLEDAIRY FREE FROZEN DESSERT LANDEDNEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE RATINGS,DUE TO A BITTER AFTERTASTE ANDCHALKY MOUTH FEEL.HALO TOP, LIKE SEVERAL OTHERBRANDS, LISTS CALORIES PER PINTON THE FRONT LABEL."JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN EAT THEWHOLE PINT DOESN'T MEAN YOUSHOULD.

ITDISTORTS YOUR IDEA OF WHAT AREASONABLE PORTION IS."HERE ARE TWO PICKS FROM CONSUMERREPORTS TESTERS.STONYFIELD ORGANIC FROZEN NONFATYOGURT GOT "VERY GOOD"MARKS FOR NUTRITION.

IT CONTAINSLIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURESAND IS ONE OF TWO FROZEN YOGURTSTHAT SCORED NEAR THE TOP OF THERATINGS.AND CONSUMER REPORTS RECOMMENDSBLUE BUNNY'S VANILLA BEAN FROZENYOGURT.

IT GOT "VERY GOOD" MARKSFOR TASTEAND NUTRITION.

TESTERS NOTE ITSDISTINCT VANILLA FLAVOR, ANDCREAMY TEXTURE.ALSO, IF YOU'RE VEGAN OR HAVETROUBLE DIGESTING DAIRY,CONSUMER REPORTS CHECKED OUTSOME VEGAN FROZEN DESSERTS THATUSE COCONUTMILK RATHER THAN DAIRY.THEY'RE A GREAT SUBSTITUTION FORICE CREAM, BUT THEY ARE NOTHEALTHIER - BECAUSE LIKE COW'SMILK, COCONUT MILK ISHIGH IN SATURATED FAT.




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