Boasting dairy-free andvegan ingredients, naturalsweeteners and health-boosting functionalingredients, the latestfrozen treats sound totally guilt-free ata glance. But are they really so nutritionallysqueaky clean – and worth the extra cashthey command? Weʼve peered closely atthe ingredients, and had a taste – all inthe name of research, of course! Think dairy-free (vegan) mini Magnums the chocolate swapped for raw cacaoyou’re correctly imagining what one ofthese tastes like (yummy!). Each onesupplies just over a quarter of your dailyrecommended saturated fat limit (linkedto raised cholesterol) – less than in a MiniMagnum. But the coconut sugar countsfree sugar, with the same negative effectsas refined sugar, amounting to over a thirdof the recommended daily intake of thisunhealthy type.
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You can’t fault how this chocolatey icecream tastes, given the calorie count,and the saturated fat and sugar levels arereasonably low. The low calorie count islargely down to the use of natural-sourcesweeteners stevia and erythritol, in placeof sugar. Best not to indulge in this icecream if you have IBS, though, aserythritol is fermentable by bowel bacteriaproducing uncomfortable bloating insensitive people. Made with 65 per cent yoghurt and 5 per cent strawberry purée, these lollies are low in saturated fat and are slimline – though they aren’t very big. The sugar content is the main downside, though some of the two and a half teaspoons in a stick serving will come naturally from the milk. They’re a good source of calcium too. Made with soya milk, two scoops of this ice cream supplies nearly a third of yourrecommended intake of free sugars andisn’t any lower in calories than a standardsupermarket soft scoop. But it’s suitable forvegans and stands out for its fibre content– there’s 6.7g in two scoops (equivalentto the amount in two and a half slices ofwholemeal bread). The (added) fibre is asoluble variety derived from corn and isapparently well tolerated and prebiotic,helping good gut bacteria flourish. A relatively healthier mainstream lolly, this is made with 30 per cent alphonso mango.With zero per cent saturated fat, its only realdownside is the content of added sugar– one stick contains two-thirds of your dailyrecommended maximum of free sugars. Planone into your diet by making it your only sugarytreat of the day and you’ll be ok.
This is made with water, cocoa powder anddates – a natural sugar source that doesn’tcount as the damaging free variety. Otheringredients in this low-calorie and vegan icedsmoothie include inulin fibre (from chicory)and psyllium, which replace sugar and fat.Together with the dates, they bump up thefibre content so a 100ml serving boasts nearly30 per cent of your daily recommended fibreintake. Steer clear if you have IBS, though,as inulin may exacerbate the symptoms. Another hand-held ice cream that contains inulin to provide the luxurious texture of ahigher-fat ice and provides almost 10 percent of your daily fibre requirement. A sticksupplies less than half the calorie contentof a similar-sized Magnum, but a sugarcontent that’s not really any lower, sooverall a mixed bag.
Tapping into the coconut trend, thesefreeze-at-home ice pops are made withsweetened coconut milk and are a bit ofa health fail, apart from being a portion-controlled 100 calories. Each one containstwo and a half level teaspoons of sugar (oraround a third of the free sugar maximumthat’s recommended per day) and nearlya quarter of the daily recommended intakeof cholesterol-raising saturated fat.
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.Stick lollies are best if you’re weight watching – they enforce portion control.
.More than 5g per 100g is a lot of saturated fat; more than 22g sugar per 100g is a lot.
.Bear in mind that in dairy ices, a proportion of the sugar will be milk sugar (lactose), which doesn’t count as the harmful type.
.Vegan ice creams might seem lower in sugar, but all of it will be the unhealthy free type.
.Watch out for coconut – it’s high in saturated fat and calories.