Ice Creams and Frozen Desserts

Eight brands and the var­i­ous de­grees of pro­tein and en­ergy

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What re­ally is the dif­fer­ence be­tween ice creams and frozen desserts? Isn't ice cream frozen dessert af­ter all? Well, ice cream is made of milk and milk prod­ucts, while in frozen desserts milk and milk prod­ucts are re­placed by vegetable oils/fats and pro­tein, par­tially or fully. (If vegetable fat is added, its melt­ing point should not be more than 37 de­grees Centi­grade.) Ev­ery pack­age of frozen dessert should bear this de­tail on the la­bel: ‘Frozen dessert con­tains milk fat*/ed­i­ble vegetable oil*/ vegetable fat*'. (*Strike out what­ever is not ap­pli­ca­ble.) Yet, how many of us con­sumers know about this small but not in­signif­i­cant de­tail? These days, many of the prod­ucts in the ice cream aisle at any given gro­cery store are ‘frozen desserts' that are often made with ed­i­ble oil prod­ucts and do not con­tain the nutri­ents nat­u­rally found in milk. Con­sumers must read the nu­tri­tion facts on the la­bel to know which is which. Af­ter all, if it does not say ice cream on the pack­age, it is not ice cream. Be that as it may, ice creams and frozen desserts can be a source of en­ergy and pro­tein, and the fol­low­ing re­port analy­ses the in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to these nutri­ents given on the la­bel of eight brands. We have also rated the su­gar and fat quan­ti­ties as per traf­fic light colours to en­able con­sumers to make an in­formed choice.

Nutri­tional la­belling of pack­aged food prod­ucts refers to the disclosure of the main nutri­ents, such as en­ergy, fat, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate, su­gar and salt con­tent, on the la­bel. As per In­dia’s Food Safety and Stan­dards (Pack­ag­ing & La­belling) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011, manda­tory nutri­tional in­for­ma­tion or nutri­tional facts per 100 grams or 100 millil­itres or per serv­ing of the prod­uct shall be given on the la­bel. Such in­for­ma­tion shall con­tain the fol­low­ing: a) en­ergy value in kilo­calo­ries (kcal) b) the amounts of pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drate (spec­ify quan­tity of su­gar) and fat in gram (g) or ml c) the amount of any other nu­tri­ent for which a nu­tri­tion or health claim is made Note that dec­la­ra­tion of cal­cium is not manda­tory.

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