For a Less
Fattening Vegan Ice Cream, Try this Soy Frozen Yogurt or
a Fruit Sorbet
We wanted to find a vegan ice cream that was OK for our weight loss
program. We looked at a few
soy ice cream products that were just too high in fat. The
two products below are not perfect, but they are very low in fat and
they taste good. Here are
some tips on reading nutrition labels, to help you find the
best products in your area.
Whole Soy & Co. Frozen
Amazing. We didn't even know there was such a thing as frozen soy
company also makes regular soy yogurt.
The Nutrition Facts label tells us a few things:
- This vegan ice cream is only 8% fat, 10
calories out of
120. That sounds great.
- The sodium content is fine, 85 mg in 120
- One gram of fiber is not so good.
- The calorie density is 120/70, or 1.7 calories
per gram. Multiply by
28.35 and we get 49 calories per ounce. Learn about calorie density to help you choose the best low
Let's check the
suggestions about choosing a good milk substitute to learn
more about the problems with added oils and natural flavors.
- There are some sweeteners in this
will never be as good as fresh fruit for dessert.
- We would like to see them omit the soy
oil. However, the soy oil is quite far down in the list of ingredients;
there is probably not much soy oil in it, or it would not be 8% fat.
- We wish they would omit the natural flavors or
at least tell us what they are.
to some of the other vegan ice cream products, these
look pretty good. And we get the added
benefit of some live active cultures. But this product is still high in
in calorie density; we wouldn't eat it every day.
option for a low fat frozen treat is fruit sorbet.
Ciao Bella Fruit Sorbet
In the U.S. you often find sherbet, a frozen fruit dessert that is not
vegan. Some companies even put dairy products or egg whites in sorbet.
It always pays to read labels carefully when shopping.
The Nutrition Facts about this sorbet are:
- A serving contains no fat at all. Hmmm....That
sound right, since this is raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberries are
- The label says 0 sodium. Raspberries do contain
some natural sodium, but not enough to worry about.
- One gram of fiber per serving seems awfully
low, since raspberries are a high
fiber food. They must have strained out all of the seeds to make it
- The calorie density is 100/103, or 0.97
per gram. That equals
28 calories per ounce. This sorbet actually has a fairly low
We can learn more from the list of ingredients:
It is nice to see a product that is not full of oil and mysterious
are more raspberries by weight than water or sugar. There must have
been 1/2 gram of fat or less in a serving, and they rounded it down to
zero. That would make it 4.5% fat, which is fine. Why is it not 11%
fat, as raspberries are? Maybe most of the fat was in the
seeds. And because all of the calories from sugar bring the
This is a good low fat frozen dessert. You will
even absorb some antioxidants from the raspberries. But this is not a
whole plant food. What if you ate 100 calories of fresh
raspberries instead of this sorbet? You would get 12.5 grams
fiber, some natural plant fat, no added sugar, and a calorie density of
15 calories per ounce. We rest our case. :-)