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Cool Summer Treats That Won't Wreck Your Diet: Taste Test Results

WebMD's editorial staff tasted a sampling of the latest low-carb and low-fat ice creams and frozen desserts available at grocery stores and soft-serve shops. Each tester rated them on a scale of 1 to 5: 1 represents "I'd rather skip dessert" and 5 represents "outstanding."

 

Here are the results of our informal taste test:

Low-Carb

Ice Cream

Calories

Total Fat

 

Sugar/

Sugar Alcohols

Score

(1-5)

 

Comments

Carb Solutions Butter Pecan

160

14 grams

2 grams/

5 grams

3.8

"Creamy, give me more," raved one taster. But another said it tastes, "kind of flat."

Carb Smart

Butter Pecan

150

12 grams

4 grams/

3 grams

2.6

"Maybe more taste than cardboard," panned one tester. "A little chemical taste," said another.

Low-Fat

Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frozen Yogurt

190

2.5 grams

23 grams

3.1

Tasters praised the "decadent, big globs of wonderful, sticky chocolaty goo" in this, but some felt "something was missing."

Starbuck's Low-Fat Latte

170

3 grams

23 grams

2.4

"Tastes like a coffee filter," said one tester. Others complained about the grainy texture.

Edy's Grand Light Vanilla

100

3.5 grams

11 grams

2.2

More than one taster said it tasted "like yellow snow," but others said it had a nice hint of cream and flavor.

Healthy Choice Low-Fat Vanilla

120

2 grams

16 grams

1.9

"OK consistency, but not creamy," said one taster. Another said it was "totally unsatisfying."

Low-Fat

Soft Serve

 

 

 

 

 

TCBY

Golden Vanilla

140

3 grams

20 grams

4

Best of the bunch, "Rich, custard-like taste, smooth texture," praised our tester.

Tasti D-Lite French Vanilla

40

Less than 1 gram

6 grams

2.5

"Subtle vanilla flavor but slightly icy texture," said our tester.

Cremalita

French Vanilla

70

0 grams

12 grams

1

"Was that vanilla? I didn't taste any," bemoaned our tester.

*All nutritional information provided by the manufacturer and based on one 4-ounce (1/2 cup) serving.

 

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