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Got Good-Tasting (and Lower-Fat) Dairy Products?

WebMD's 'Recipe Doctor' goes taste-testing in the dairy aisle

We All Scream For Ice-Cream

If you've ever taken a glance at the ice cream aisle, you know there are many different brand of lighter ice cream and each brand has many flavors to choose from. I'm just listing the best-tasting light ice creams here. There may be other great-tasting ice creams available in your area of the country.

You might notice there aren't any fat-free ice creams in the table below. That's because none of these ice creams tasted any better than just "OK."

LIGHT ICE CREAM (1/2 cup)
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
% Calories from sugar
Breyer's Light Vanilla
110
3
2
10
54%
Breyer's Vanilla*Chocolate*Strawberry
110
3
2
10
51%
Dreyer's Grand Light Mint Chocolate Chip
120
4.5
3
20
43%
Dreyer's Grand Light Mocha Almond Fudge
120
4.5
2
20
40%
Dreyer's Grand Light Cookie Dough
130
4.5
2.5
20
40%
Healthy Choice Premium Lowfat Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk
120
2
1
10
53%
Healthy Choice Premium Lowfat Mint Chocolate Chip
120
2
1
10
53%


LOWFAT FROZEN YOGURT (1/2 cup)
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
% Calories from sugar
Ben & Jerry's Lowfat Cherry Garcia
170
3
2
20
63%
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Lowfat
190
2.5
1
5
63%

How Sour Is Your Cream?

Believe it or not, the best tasting sour cream is a fat-free sour cream, not a "light" sour cream. When I tried Naturally Yours Fat free sour cream (in the white tub with black spots that looks like a cowhide), I was surprised to find that I really liked it. There are also quite a few store-brand light sour creams that taste good. Some of the light sour cream brands taste and look more like plain yogurt than sour cream (too sour for my liking). Naturally Yours fat-free has the best texture and flavor, and can be used to top potatoes or tacos or in casserole or sauce recipes.

SOUR CREAM (2 tablespoons)
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Naturally Yours Fat Free
20
0
0
0
20
Knudsen Light
35
2
1.5
10
25
Daisy Light
40
2.5
2
10
25

The trick with yogurt is figuring out whether you want artificial sweeteners (many of the "light" yogurts have them) or whether you're OK with most of the calories coming from sugar. Basically, the fruit-flavored yogurts have low-fat milk listed as the first ingredient, with some type of sugar as the second ingredient, and fruit for the third.

If you're sensitive to aftertastes in artificially sweetened products, you'll probably want to avoid the "light" yogurts. There are quite a few "light" yogurts to choose from and they all taste pretty good, as long as you don't mind the taste of aspartame. We've listed the major brands below.

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