Chilling out with ice cream

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 23, 2003

News that an ice cream sundae has as many calories and fat grams as a T-bone steak dinner was no surprise to us. What’s more, we don’t care.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has recently taken an interest in the world’s favorite frozen confection and announced its findings Wednesday.

For example, that sundae we just mentioned? &uot;Mint Chip Dazzler&uot; by Haagen-Dazs has 1,270 calories and 38 grams of saturated fat. Nutritionally, it’s equal to a T-bone steak, a Caesar salad (wonder if that includes dressing) and a sour cream-smothered baked potato.


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Try this one on for size, if you dare: A chocolate-dipped waffle cone at Ben & Jerry’s has about 320 calories and 16 grams of fat. Add one scoop of Chunky Monkey and the total surges to 820 calories and 26 grams of saturated fat – roughly as much as a one-pound rack of ribs.

We say, bring it on, and those low-fat or fat-free ice creams be damned.

Eating ice cream is like enjoying fine art. Each should be savored and enjoyed for its own sake, not for health or moral reasons, especially during the good old summertime.

If you really have to watch what you eat, then leave off the party-colored sprinkles, that’ll save you 100 or 200 calories. If you really cannot afford to stomach those delectable grams of fat, then at least consider sorbet.

Meanwhile, we’ll scream for more ice cream.