Cool Summer Treats That Won't Wreck Your Diet
WebMD gives the lowdown on low-carb, low-fat ice creams and frozen desserts
By Jennifer Warner
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
When the temperature is soaring outside, nothing cools you inside better than an old-fashioned ice cream cone. Unfortunately for those watching their weight as well as the weather, splurging on high-fat, high-calorie ice cream isn't exactly recommended on a regular basis.
"A half cup of ice cream is like a glass of milk and three pads of butter," says Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
But experts say most people's diets can accommodate more moderate indulgences, such as the bevy of new reduced-fat and low-calorie frozen treats arriving now in grocery stores, such as low-carb ice cream, low-fat frozen yogurt, and fruit juice bars. And with a little creativity, you can stock your freezer with healthy, homemade treats to get you through the dog days of summer.
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With a growing array of frozen desserts and ice cream substitutes that promote themselves as "healthy" or good for people trying to lose weight, nutrition experts say it can be confusing for people to find products that meet their own nutritional needs.