Summer time and ice cream go hand in hand, but what if you need to watch the calorie intake or want to keep those coronary arteries flowing? As a self proclaimed ice cream snob I had not been able to compromise on the taste of real ice cream and settle for any of the low fat versions. And so as a physician, I have had to make that painful decision of will it be real ice cream or no ice cream. Harsh, isn't it? However, recently I discovered a happy compromise of Healthy Choice Premium Fudge Bars. Each bar has only 80 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat, and the taste is surprisingly satisfying. In comparison 1/2 cup (and who can really eat just 1/2 cup) of Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, my favorite splurge, has 270 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat. This may be a trade off that we can live with. In case you are wondering I have no financial or other interest in this company.
Reference: Nutrition Action, June 2006, Vol 33. Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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