Do you prefer cream ice cream or sorbets? When choosing, are you guided by the taste or the number of calories? Or maybe you belong to the group of people who cannot resist sweet topping and whipped cream? See how many calories there are ice cream, sorbets and ice cream from the machine.
A scoop of ice cream weighs about 50 g. Most ice cream parlours, however, do not provide the exact weight of the ice ball, explaining it with a professional secret. However, we know how many calories are in 100 g of each type of ice cream.
How many calories does ice cream have?
Calories in ice cream (100 g of product)
- sorbets – about 50 kcal
- milk and fruit ice cream – approx. 120 kcal
- machine ice cream – approx. 135 kcal
- vanilla ice cream – approx. 140 kcal
- cream ice cream – approx. 160 kcal
Sorbets or water ice cream
Sorbets are less fattening than milk ice cream. However, can we consider that they are healthier? They consist of water, glucose syrups, fruit juices or syrups and flavours. Compared to milk ice cream, sorbets contain not only fewer calories but also fewer nutrients. In most sorbets available on the market, fruit or fruit juices constitute only a dozen or so per cent of the total composition, the rest is water and additional ingredients. In addition, the calories contained in sugars and glucose syrups come from simple carbohydrates, which should not be consumed in large amounts during weight loss.
The high content of flavour and colour enhancing substances doubtfully proves the health benefits of sorbets. We can only recommend those prepared by hand – by freezing fruit juice.
Cream Ice Cream – are they healthy?
Most cream ice creams, contrary to logic, are made from milk. Powdered milk is used on an industrial scale, but it does not mean that it is less valuable. In the composition of real ice cream, we should find eggs, cream, sugar, milk and fruits.
The high content of calcium in ice cream has a positive effect on bones, and the lactose contained in milk has a positive effect on the microflora, facilitating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Ice creams with fruit and fruit juices can be the good source of vitamins.
When choosing ice cream, read the labels and choose a product that does not contain hydrogenated vegetable fat and chemical additives.
Ice creams in a healthy diet? Yes, but only the no-frills
If you are considering eating ice cream because you are meticulously counting calories, then get ready, but for dessert without any additives. Peanuts, dried fruit, caramel or chocolate toppings and whipped cream will turn ice cream into calorie bombs. Avoid such combinations if you really keep your waistline, because ice cream with toppings will be up to 100 kilocalories heavier.