Why is ice cream with toppings or mix-ins unhealthy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ice cream with toppings was caught with 1344 grams of sugar, basically a quarter cup of sugar per scoop.

The most-wanted worst meal in America is a decadent dessert, such as ice cream crammed with mix-ins. The popularity of adding candy, brownie bits, sprinkles and fudge sauce send this dessert's sugar content through the roof. If you want to indulge a bit, just stick to a plain scoop or order gelato or sorbet instead, which are often lower in sugar. Also trade candy mix-ins for fresh fruit.

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Samantha Heller, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Toppings or mix-ins can add hundreds of calories to ice cream, says registered dietitian Samantha Heller. To learn more, including tips on how to keep your toppings healthy, watch this video.

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