For dessert, a friend brought a box of four ice cream sandwiches from Trader Joe’s made with vanilla ice cream between chocolate chip cookies and rolled in mini chocolate chips. The sandwiches are actually delicious, but if you are used to low glycemic foods, you feel your blood sugar spike for about two hours after eating one of these sandwiches. The portion does not look too big. Each sandwich is about 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick, but it is packed with 440 calories.
The nutrition label says that each sandwich has 21 grams of fat, including 12 grams of saturated fat which is 60% of the daily value. In other words, this little ice cream morsel has more than half of the saturated fat that you should eat in a whole day. The amount of carbohydrate is also quite high, 60 grams of carbohydrate, of which 42 grams are sugars. This is more sugar than in a 12 oz (355 ml) can of Coca Cola.
Ice cream is high in fat and high in sugar. It takes one hour of strenuous exercise to burn off 400 calories, and it is a sure bet that you are not going to go jogging after eating an ice cream sandwich with this much sugar. You are going to feel sleepy, you are going to sit down on the couch, and your body is going to store the sugar as fat.
You could limit your calories by cutting a sandwich into quarters with 110 calories each, but who has the discipline to stop after eating four tiny bites? It is too much hassle to put the remainder in a container and back in the freezer, and it would be a waste to let the ice cream melt. So, you have to eat it all before it melts. Right?
These are the reasons why ice cream makes you fat:
- High fat
- High sugar
- Large portions
- Lack of exercise
- Lack of discipline