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Reading the Label

There are five main things to look for on the label of an ice cream treat. It's not all about fat grams! Per half-cup serving (the standard serving for scoop ice cream), your best bets will have:

  • 4 grams of fat or less
  • Around 120 calories
  • 3 grams or less of saturated fat
  • No more than 10 milligrams cholesterol per serving

15 grams of sugar or less per serving. Many ice creams have almost double this amount.

More Fiber Than Whole-Wheat Crackers?

You might be surprised to learn that some ice cream bars actually have more fiber than a serving of whole-wheat crackers. It seems that 3 to 4 grams of fiber per serving is becoming the nutritional norm in this dessert category. It might help make your serving seem more filling.

There are also a few types of ice cream that have 2 grams of fiber per serving. They include Starbucks Lowfat Ice Cream, Ben & Jerry's Lowfat Frozen Yogurt Strawberries & Cream, and Dreyer's/Edy's Loaded Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.

Best of the Light Ice Creams

The light ice creams and light ice cream bars in the table below are "best bites" because they had most of what you should be looking for nutritionally. (Those that also were lower in added sugar -- 15 grams or less per serving -- have an asterisk before their names.)

1/2 cup Calories Fat
Saturated Fat

Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Yogurt Blends with Live and Active Cultures
*Vanilla 100 3 1.5 10 13
*Cappuccino Chip 110 3.5 2.5 10 14
Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned
*Raspberry Chip Royale 120 4 3 20 13
*Cookie Dough 130 4.5 3 20 14
Breyers Light
*Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry 100 3.5 2 10 13
*Vanilla Bean 100 3.5 2 10 14
*Rocky Road 140 4.5 2.5 10 16
Ben & Jerry's Lowfat Frozen Yogurt
Strawberries & Cream 150 3.5 2.5 25 24
Half Baked 180 3 1.5 20 23
Haagen-Dazs Lowfat Frozen Yogurt
Vanilla 180 2.5 1 50 22
Vanilla Raspberry Swirl 160 1.5 0.5 25 25
Starbucks Lowfat Ice Cream
Latte 170 3 1.5 10 23
*also lower in added sugars


1 bar Calories Fat
Saturated Fat

Breyers 100 Calorie Cups
Vanilla Fudge Swirl 100 1 1 5 14
Starbucks Bars
Frappuccino Mocha Bar 120 1.5 1 5 16
Skinny Cow
Lowfat Fudge Bar 100 1 0.5 1 13
Ice Cream Sandwiches (in assorted flavors, such as mint) 140 1.5 0.5 1 13
Cone: Vanilla with Caramel 150 3 2 4 19
Cone: Mint with fudge 150 3 2 4 18
Weight Watchers
Giant Cookies &amp; Cream Bar 140 5 1.5 <5 15.5

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