‘Some things are good for a moment, your body is good for a lifetime’
I’ve had a few clients recently tell me that they are looking forward to the summer this year because they can finally have ice cream! And its true there appears to be a new trend on the block and that is the introduction of seemingly healthier ice cream. And if you haven’t noticed this yet get yourself down to the supermarket and check it out.
But first read on.
This is exciting news, I am in total agreement with my clients, but I would never be so misleading to categorise ice cream as healthy but there are some healthier versions popping up at the moment and many of you are buying them in their drives. Here is a quick look at two of the leading brands on the British high street at the moment versus other popular large ‘normal’ ice cream manufacturer:
|Name||Halo Top||Ben & Jerry Moophoria||Alpro||Booja Booja||Normal Haagan Dazs Vanilla|
|Base||Protein Based||Reduced fat cream & ingredient chunks||Dairy free made from almond milk||Dairy & Gluten free, Vegan friendly, cashews||Cream, eggs, milk|
|How sweetened?||Natural Sweetners – Stevia||No sugar alcohols – reduced fat instead||Naturally by almond||Agave syrup||Sugar|
|Calories per pint||70 kcal||160 kcal||181 kcal||150 kcal||240 kcal|
|Fat per pint||2.9g||5g||8.8g||7g||17g|
|Sugar per pint||5.8g||16g||14.4g||14g||20g|
So encouragingly we can see that there are certainly healthier options in terms of calories, sugar and fat content – YES! But do be warned many of these ice creams have instead been sweetened with natural sweeteners to combat the reduction in fat. Whilst this is great natural sweeteners are relatively new and many tests and research are yet to be conducted and although you would expect natural to mean that a product contains nothing artificial, some new sweeteners may have undergone chemical processing to extract them from their original sources, says Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the school of public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This trend: bottom line guys this is about manufacturers packaging up a new lifestyle for us, one that allows for ice cream in our ever increasingly health conscious society.
Through better packaging manufacturers are convincing us that we can have our cake and eat it. But at the end of the day despite these products being better for us they are still desserts and should not replace your main sources of nutrients. Ice cream should always be a treat. If you can eat these alternatives by the small scoop and feel satisfied then you’re onto a winner this summer because as far as I can see their focus on organic ingredients is tip top.
But if you can’t and you find yourself eating just as much don’t let the packaging fool you, you aren’t going to get any slimmer as a consequence of eating this by the bucket load this summer.
Just remember, denying yourself something isn’t something to feel bad about. You should feel great that you could make that positive decision. The old saying ‘a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ needs to be reversed in my opinion to be more about body positivity and an endorsement of the power and choice you have over your body;
‘No moment on lips, a lifetime of body confidence’