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How much fat is in low-fat and fat-free ice cream?

Ice cream is one of America's favorite desserts, and in today's freezer sections, there are many lower-fat and fat-free flavors and brands. When enjoying this summertime treat, keep in mind that in a half-cup serving:
  • Reduced-fat (2 percent) ice cream has at least 25 percent less fat than regular ice cream.
  • Low-fat (1 percent) ice cream has three grams or less of fat.
  • Light ice cream has at least 50 percent less fat.
  • Fat-free ice cream has less than one-half gram of fat per serving.
However, if premium, "full strength" ice cream is your favorite, you can still enjoy this summer treat. Just eat a smaller portion and cut back on fat somewhere else in your daily eating plan.

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