Thursday, July 24, 2003

Ice Cream Treats Disguise Meals as Snacks, Group Says
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By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The healthy food watchdog that took all the fun out of Chinese take-out and movie popcorn has done it again, this time with summer's favored treat -- ice cream.

"Everyone knows that ice cream isn't a health food," the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an independent, nonprofit group, said in a study released on Wednesday.

"But the staggering calorie and saturated fat content of most of the treats served up at chains like Baskin-Robbins, Ben and Jerry's, Cold Stone Creamery, Friendly's, Haagen-Dazs and TCBY is bound to surprise most consumers."

The CSPI said an empty Ben & Jerry's chocolate-dipped waffle cone, designed to hold at least two scoops of ice cream, itself packs 320 calories and 10 grams or half a day's worth of saturated fat.

"This is something eaten by people strolling around a mall," she added. "They have no idea they have just eaten 820 calories and one and a half days worth of saturated fat."

Haagen-Dazs's Mint Chip Dazzler, a sundae in a cup, has three scoops of ice cream, fudge, cookies, sprinkles and cream -- and 1,270 calories, the group said.

Its 38 grams of fat is more more than the day's allowance as calculated by the U.S. government, which says the average American should eat between 2,000 and 2,500 calories a day.


More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight and 30 percent are obese, both of which raise the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other big killers.

He said even food that is labeled may be incorrectly labeled. "Cold Stone Creamery offers fat-free frozen yogurt, or so they would have you believe," Jacobson said. CSPI tests showed a small, 7 ounce serving contained 11 grams of fat and 7 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat.


who says puritanism is dead!

I met a retired man, in 1990 gainesville fla, in the coffee shop. he lived there *just* for Sands hospital; they are experts in "by-pass surgery" and he has had, now, a triple by-pass!
He told me that he has to eat what is good for him, no fat, no carbs, no sugar.
eat with a scales and a book of "counts" at the table.
he also says..."i am from the cajun country and there is NOTHING in their diet, not a single thing, that i am permitted to eat! I sometimes wish that i could go back there and eat real good, anything that i want, and die, happy, in a year"!

He did not go back, as far as i knew.

why NOT go back?!
Everone talks about "quality over quantity"!
but when it comes down to "between the doctor and mr death"...most people want to live as *long* as possible, hang the costs! hang the costs of side effects of 30 pills a day and that slow circling the drain, in the nursing Home, and eating What Is Good For You!!

or some consumer Rating magazine of the weight watching group's own brand of ice cream, that was formulated for weight loss,
"why the cardboard the ice cream comes in...actually taste better than this ice cream and if you do not believe us, go try it: it is *that* bad"!!

---but it is Gooooood for you!