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Why You Shouldn't Drink Low-Calorie Wine

Why You Shouldn't Drink Low-Calorie Wine

Too much of a good thing is never a good thing

Low-calorie wine is not your best bet.

When it comes to delicious low-calorie snacks and drinks, it’s time to have a field day. Chocolate chip cookies and potato chips come in 100-calorie packs, and having three packs is the same as eating the high-calorie portion. If you are trying to lose weight, low-calorie items are a great way to manage calories, but going overboard can hurt you even more than indulging in their regular equivalents.

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Skinny wine and skinny cocktails are a different story. Typically, when a wine is made “skinny,” or less caloric, the alcohol percentage also decreases. However, SkinnyGirl wine is an exception: it contains 12 percent alcohol (most wines come in at about 13 percent). This is where the issue comes into play: the calorie measurement is emphasized on the label of SkinnyGirl, which makes it the first thing you notice before your purchase, whereas other wines do not provide calorie information. Consumers think that even if they drink more than one glass of SkinnyGirl wine, they are saving a lot of calories, but it turns out that this wine is no less caloric than other wines that have 12 percent alcohol — you’re still getting the same calorie and alcohol content as you do by drinking non-skinny wine.

You may be inclined to drink more SkinnyGirl wine than you would other wine because you are under the impression that it’s better for you, has fewer calories, and contains a bit less alcohol, but that is not the case. There is nothing wrong with skinny brands of wine, but just know what you’re getting yourself into. Other wines with the same alcohol content have the same amount of calories, so if you are trying to not overdo it with alcohol and calories, it may be best to stick to one glass of the real thing.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.


Why You Should Never Eat Low-Calorie Ice Cream

Unless you live under a rock, (tough luck, Patrick) you&rsquove probably noticed the influx of low-calorie ice creams joining your OG full-fat favorites in the freezer aisle. These lighter pints are covered with phrases in big print claiming things like: "fewer calories", "crafted with less sugar", and "good source of protein". But despite the cute packaging &mdash and the truthful claims &mdash I haven't bought a low-calorie pint in over a year. Here's why.

They encourage overeating.

I can't remember a time when I'd bring home a diet pint of mint chip or chocolate and not devour the whole thing immediately. I'd grab an extra large spoon and nurse those pints like it was a solo mission. "240 calories per pint" feels like a challenge. "Stop when you get to the bottom" and "No bowl, no regrets" made me think finishing the whole pint in one sitting was a perfect plan. Plus, because the calorie count is way lower on all many alternatives, I would aimlessly snack on enough ice cream to feed a family of four . every night. Yiiiiikes. The thing is, I can definitely control myself around my boys Ben and Jerry, and by that I mean a small serving of Half-Baked keeps me pretty happy and aware that it is in fact, a treat.

They're weak on the toppings.

While eating my cartons, I'd voraciously search for all the bits of cookie-dough inside. After ample digging, I'd find a total of five freaking pieces in the whole pint. Five. Time and time again, I'd feel cheated because they were frauds (FRAUDS!) for even calling it "Cookie Dough". One could assume it was all part of the calorie schtick though &mdash if they took away most of the extras, it could be considered "healthy."

Many are sweetened up with erythritol.

I think sugar substitutes are pretty shady in general. I'm not big on sugar-free snacks, diet drinks or anything of that nature, so if you generally feel otherwise, don't let me rain on your parade. But, one artificial sweetener in particular, erythritol, found in some of the most popular low-calorie ice creams is also in . chewing gum. That there freaks me out. Erythritol is a newbie to the sugar substitute scene that the FDA considered " generally safe" for consumption in 2001. Uh, generally?

You're never satisfied.

Low-cal ice cream companies like Halo Top's other success secret is that they pump some serious amounts of air into their ice cream. Their pints weighs in at about 256 grams compared to 428 grams of a Ben & Jerry&rsquos pint, Time reported. No, this is not bad for your health, but it does mean you may need to consume more to feel satisfied that you've, you know, properly treated yoself.

All in all .

There's no doubt that some low-calorie tubs have impressed my top button off in terms of taste &mdash Talenti Mint Cookie Crunch gelato and Halo Top Cinnamon Roll &mdash I'm looking at you. There's a reason Halo Top, which quickly became America's bestselling pint of ice cream last summer, is so high on top. They have more than 20 creative flavors for fans to choose from that all sound like a dream: pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookie, and candy bar.

Halo Top has the world's attention as a leader in its respective category. And to that point, let us also not forget their show-stopping ad that is probably the scariest freaking ice cream spot anyone's ever seen.

Really, it's not a crime that many love having these "healthier" options in their freezers for when it comes time to indulge. But, though some are about a quarter less fattening than a full-fat Ben & Jerry&rsquos and a fifth less than Häagen-Dazs, I still don't find them "healthier" for you. With that in mind, I'd rather pick up the real stuff. You decide for yourself which end of the spectrum you fall on in this ice cream debate &mdash just remember, no one should ever forget about ice cream all together.