Just a Number: What ice cream is healthier

Just a Number: What ice cream is healthier

The summer temps are in full force and ice cream can be the ideal treat for this time of the year.

But if you're considering healthier alternatives for your fix in order to save calories? Well it might not be worth it in the long run.

What ice cream is healthiest... in tonight's just a number.

Who doesn't love ice cream?

Whether you crave it on a hot summer day or during a rain storm.

While it might not be the healthiest option - most agree it's refreshing!

But what about those dairy-free and vegan options?

Those must be healthier right?

Not necessarily.

"Nondairy frozen desserts" feature good-for-you sounding alternatives like soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk

Many offer lower calories per serving than their dairy counterpart. And could have less saturated fat, which raises ldl, or "bad cholesterol."

But not all dairy-free alternatives are the same.

Some brands have just as many calories and saturated fats especially those made with coconut milk.

The amount of sugar in these non-traditional versions vary as well some pack up to half of the recommended daily limit.

There are also two things missing from non-dairy ice cream...calcium and protein that come from milk.

But, as with most food choices -there are pros and cons and let's be honest, we aren't eating ice cream for its nutritional value anyway!

But yes, go ahead and count dairy ice cream as a calcium contributor -- though don't use it as a sub for yogurt, and be sure to watch calories and sugars.

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