“Healthy” Trans Fat Ice Cream

I took a trip down to Florida with Mr Triathlete and his Mom to be his cheerleader at one of his races. On a hot day we came across what appeared to be a “healthy” frozen yogurt store called D’Lites Emporium. They advertise ice cream that is low in sodium, sugar, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol free, and a healthier alternative to regular ice cream.

“What harm can it do to try it?”, I thought.

The one on the left is creamsicle; the right is peanut butter brownie.

The advertise that 1/2 Cup (which is what we got) is only 50 calories, 1.5 g fat, 1 g saturated, 6 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein.

I asked the store manager what the ice cream was made of, and he said, “only skim milk”. I thought that was strange because skim milk does not have any fat. Where did the fat content come from? I was stumped.

So, we ordered the ice cream, and the texture was like a mousse. It seemed like one of those sugar free mousse products. D’Lites tastes like it contains sugar alcohols, but I found out it does not. It does not have much flavor, and it not very sweet. It is not tart like frozen yogurt.

The Scary and Shocking Real Ingredients:


Trans fat? Seriously, people? And it is one of the first major, main ingredients! 1/2 cup probably has 0.5 g trans fat. Just great. Most people don’t just get a tiny 1/2 cup. If you eat larger amounts of this on a consistent basis, this “treat” could actually raise your cholesterol and lower your HDL (heart healthy cholesterol).

Everything they advertise is correct, and they never call themselves “healthy” which is a term that is highly regulated. They advertise themselves more a dietary, lab-created product for those with strict dietary needs. Do not be tricked–they are not a health product by any means. I will stick with Yoforia, or some other healthy fro-yo place.

What to learn from this: never believe foods are trans fat free unless they state it, or you read the ingredient label.

Random sunset picture from the trip.

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4 thoughts on ““Healthy” Trans Fat Ice Cream

  1. Fat or no fat the ice cream looks good, i could eat 10 of the peanut butter brownie flavored one, yum. Thanks for telling this story even if it made me want ice cream.

  2. Hey Nicole,

    I hate as well the misleading advertising. It’s sad that we are surrounded by this everywhere….I believe the legislation should be much tougher with the claims companies make…

  3. I really hate the taste of d’lites ice cream. I have friends who withstand the horrible chalky taste because they are trying to lose weight. I am happy to be able to tell them to dump this junk.

  4. I was going to make this a regular part of my diet…until now. How do they live with themselves? I was going to serve this to my children.

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