As a summer treat par excellence, ice cream appeals to young and old alike. Personally, it’s even my favorite cutie! The ice cream department is bigger than ever and it’s certainly the vanilla flavor that takes up the most space. Concentrate on the best decisions!
A total of 23 types of vanilla ice cream were analyzed.
Each 125ml (1/2 cup) serving contains:
- Between 70 and 290 calories
- Between 2 and 18 g of lipids, of which between 1 and 11 g are saturated fatty acids
- Between 12 and 26 grams of carbohydrates
- Between 6 and 26 g of sugars, of which between 0 and 8.6 g are polyalcohols
- Between 0.7 and 6 g protein
- Between 30 and 85 mg of sodium
- Between 0 and 3 g fiber
THE BEST SELECTION
Coaticook vanilla ice cream
This ice cream is among the lowest in sugar and lipids of all the products analyzed. Each 125mL (1/2 cup) serving provides 126 calories, 6.6g fat and 12g sugars. Milk is the first ingredient on the list (rather than dairy ingredients), which we appreciate. It also contains some additives typical of this type of product: mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum, polysorbate 80.
Nestlé Parlor Vanilla Ice Cream
At 110 calories, 3.5g fat, and 13g sugar per 125ml (1/2 cup) serving, this ice cream is among the lowest sugar and fat flavors on the bench. However, the ingredients list includes several food additives (e.g. cellulose gum, carrageenan, propylene glycol, etc.). Nestlé Parlor French Vanilla Ice Cream and Nestlé Real Cream Light French Vanilla Ice Cream offer similar nutritional values and ingredients.
THE LOST GOOD CHOICE
One of the worst choices is ice cream with cream (rather than milk). Their ingredient list is often prettier, but their high fat and sugar content makes them less than great options.
Lambert Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream
Each 125mL (1/2 cup) serving provides 206 calories, 10.6g fat including 7g saturated fat, and 19g sugars. It’s one of the sweetest, highest-fat options on the bench. The list of ingredients also includes food additives (e.g. mono- and diglycerides, locust bean gum, carboxymethyl cellulose, dextrose, guar gum, carrageenan).
Vanilla Ice Cream from Glacier Bilboquet
With 210 calories, 12g of fat, including 7g of saturated fat, and 20g of sugar per 125ml (1/2 cup) serving, this ice cream is one of the products with the highest sugar and fat content on test. The list of ingredients is short because only a few texturizers (e.g. guar gum, locust bean gum, xanthan gum) are present.
Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream
This ice cream is the sweetest and fattiest on the test bench. Each 125mL (1/2 cup) serving provides 290 calories, 18g fat, of which 11g saturated fat, and 26g sugars. However, the ingredient list is short and simple, with no food additives. Vanilla ice cream from the same brand offers similar nutritional values and ingredients.
If the following two ice creams have the best nutritional values, the presence of sweeteners disqualifies them from our list. On the other hand, the calorie, fat and sugar contents are significantly lower than in all other varieties examined.
CoolWay Vanilla Ice Cream
Each 125mL (1/2 cup) serving provides 70 calories, 2g lipids and 6g sugars. This is the least sweet and least fatty ice cream on the test bench. However, the ingredient list includes many food additives (e.g. guar gum, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, etc.) and erythriol (3g per 125mL serving), a sugar alcohol. The presence of dextrin explains its fiber content (3 g).
Chapman’s vanilla ice cream with no added sugar
This product is among the least sweet (6g) and leanest (6g) of ice cream on the test bench, but contains sweeteners (maltitol, 8.6g, and sucralose, 6.6g) and food additives.
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