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We examine the latest batch of ‘healthier’ frozen treats.
Boasting dairy-free and vegan ingredients, natural sweeteners and healthboosting functional ingredients, the latest frozen treats sound totally guilt-free at a glance. But are they really so nutritionally squeaky clean – and worth the extra cash they command? Weʼve peered closely at the ingredients, and had a taste – all in the name of research, of course!
Miiro Chocolate Hazelnut
£2.49 for a 70ml stick; ocado.com Per stick: 166 calories, 5.5g saturated fat, 11g sugars Think dairy-free (vegan) mini Magnums with the chocolate swapped for raw cacao and you’re correctly imagining what one of these tastes like (yummy!). Each one supplies just over a quarter of your daily recommended saturated fat limit (linked to raised cholesterol) – less than in a Mini Magnum. But the coconut sugar counts as free sugar, with the same negative effects as refined sugar, amounting to over a third of the recommended daily intake of this unhealthy type. 5/10
Oppo Colombian Chocolate and Hazelnut
£4.99 for 500ml; Waitrose and Ocado Per 100ml (2 scoops): 85 calories, 2.3g saturates, 5.1g sugars You can’t fault how this chocolatey ice cream tastes, given the calorie count, and the saturated fat and sugar levels are reasonably low. The low calorie count is largely down to the use of natural-source sweeteners stevia and erythritol, in place of sugar. Best not to indulge in this ice cream if you have IBS, though, as erythritol is fermentable by bowel bacteria, producing uncomfortable bloating in sensitive people. 7/10
Yoomoo Frozen Yoghurt Lollies
£2 for 6 x 55ml; Tesco Per stick: 74 calories, 0.5g saturates, 10.5g sugars Made with 65 per cent yoghurt and 5 per cent strawberry purée, these lollies are low in saturated fat and are slimline – though they aren’t very big. The sugar content is the main downside, though some of the two and a half teaspoons in a stick serving will come naturally from the milk. They’re a good source of calcium too. 7/10
Alpro Vanilla Ice Cream
£3.50 for 500ml; Sainsbury’s Per 100ml (2 scoops): 113 calories, 1.6g saturates, 9.2g sugars Made with soya milk, two scoops of this ice cream supplies nearly a third of your recommended intake of free sugars and isn’t any lower in calories than a standard supermarket soft scoop. But it’s suitable for vegans and stands out for its fibre content – there’s 6.7g in two scoops (equivalent to the amount in two and a half slices of wholemeal bread). The (added) fibre is a soluble variety derived from corn and is apparently well tolerated and prebiotic, helping good gut bacteria flourish. 7/10
Del Monte Smoothie Mango
£1.50 for 3 x 90ml; supermarkets Per stick: 100 calories, 0g saturates, 20g sugars A relatively healthier mainstream lolly, this is made with 30 per cent alphonso mango. With zero per cent saturated fat, its only real downside is the content of added sugar – one stick contains two-thirds of your daily recommended maximum of free sugars. Plan one into your diet by making it your only sugary treat of the day and you’ll be ok. 6/10
Frill The Frozen Smoothie Intense Chocolate £4.99 for 500ml; Waitrose Per 100ml (2 scoops): 70 calories, 0.9g saturates, 8.2g sugars This is made with water, cocoa powder and dates – a natural sugar source that doesn’t count as the damaging free variety. Other ingredients in this low-calorie and vegan iced smoothie include inulin fibre (from chicory) and psyllium, which replace sugar and fat. Together with the dates, they bump up the fibre content so a 100ml serving boasts nearly 30 per cent of your daily recommended fibre intake. Steer clear if you have IBS, though, as inulin may exacerbate the symptoms. 8/10
Skinny Cow Mint Double Chocolate
£2.50 for 3 x 100ml; Tesco Per stick: 128 calories, 2.9g saturates, 16.8g sugars Another hand-held ice cream that contains inulin to provide the luxurious texture of a higher-fat ice and provides almost 10 per cent of your daily fibre requirement. A stick supplies less than half the calorie content of a similar-sized Magnum, but a sugar content that’s not really any lower, so overall a mixed bag. 5/10 Smooze! Fruit Ice Pops Simply Coconut £2.50 for 5 x 65ml; Sainsbury’s Per ice pop: 102 calories, 4.6g saturates, 10.9g sugar Tapping into the coconut trend, these freeze-at-home ice pops are made with sweetened coconut milk and are a bit of a health fail, apart from being a portioncontrolled 100 calories. Each one contains two and a half level teaspoons of sugar (or around a third of the free sugar maximum that’s recommended per day) and nearly a quarter of the daily recommended intake of cholesterol-raising saturated fat. 3/10