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Fewer calories and less sugar than most light ice creams. And it's delish. Who wouldn't be interested?

No wonder Halo Top has reportedly become America's best-selling pint, with competitors Enlightened and Breyers Delights nipping at its heels.

A half cup of Halo Top Mint Chip, for example, has just 60 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat, and about a teaspoon of total sugar. That's roughly half what's in Edy's (or Dreyer's) Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip light ice cream.

Haagen-Dazs' version? It'll set you back 280 calories, 12 grams of sat fat (more than half a day's worth), and 5 teaspoons of sugar.


How do Halo Top & friends do it? In part, by replacing added sugar with (safe) erythritol and stevia leaf extract or monk fruit extract. (The natural sweetener hasn't been well tested in animals, but monk fruit has been eaten in China for centuries.)

That's not to say that Halo is "healthy" and Enlightened is "good for you," as they claim. (Halo Top, Breyers, and most Enlighteneds have some added sugar, and they're not chock full of nutrients.) Nor should you follow Halo's advice to "Save the bowl. You're going to want the whole pint."

Eat a pint, and you're up to 240 to 360 calories. So much for that halo. 425-6867 931-2826

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Title Annotation:RIGHT STUFF
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Date:Nov 1, 2017
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