Diet ice creams pack more calories than label lists

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by KING5.com, Jeff Rossen / NBC News

KING5.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Don't be so quick to grab the diet ice cream next time you need a fix -- there could be way more calories packed into those little pints than listed on the label.

NBC News recently rounded up nine various diet ice creams to test, including Ben & Jerry's, Weight Watchers, Skinny Cow and Arctic Zero. Arctic Zero has recently become popular among dieters, advertising 150 calories in a pint.

Each were sent to a laboratory for blind test according to industry standards.

Here are the results:

     -- Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple = 46 percent more calories than the label
     -- Arctic Zero Chocolate Peanut Butter = 68 percent more calories
     -- Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Fudge Sundae Cone = 13 percent more calories
     -- Weight Watchers Ice Cream Candy Bar = 16 percent more calories
     -- Ben & Jerry's Fro-Yo Chocolate Fudge Brownie = within 10 percent calories on the label
     -- Stonyfield's Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt = within 10 percent calories on the label
     -- Skinny Cow Cookies n' Cream Truffle Bar = fewer calories than the label
     -- Stonyfield Minty Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt = fewer calories than the label
     -- Ben & Jerry's Fro-Yo Half-Baked = fewer calories than the label

Arctic Zero said their calorie count is accurate.

Read the complete NBC News Today report.

 

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