Health Minute: Are Dairy-Free Ice Creams Healthier?

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WESTERN NEW YORK – Who doesn’t love ice cream? While it might not be the healthiest option, most agree it’s refreshing.

What about those dairy-free and vegan options? Those must be healthier, right?

Well, not necessarily. Non-dairy frozen desserts feature good-for-you-sounding alternatives, like soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. Many offer lower calories per serving than their dairy counterpart and could have less saturated fat, which raises IDI, or bad cholesterol.

Not all dairy-free alternatives are the same. Some brands have just as many calories and saturated fats, especially those made with coconut milk.

The amount of sugar in these non-traditional versions vary as well. Some pack up to half the recommended daily limit.

There are also two things missing from non-dairy ice cream, calcium and protein that come from milk.

As with most food choices there are pros and cons. Let’s be honest, we aren’t eating ice cream for its nutritional value, anyway.

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