What’s the Deal With High-Protein Ice Creams?

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High-protein ice cream—have you heard of it? Sure, we’ve seen low-fat, low-calorie ice cream, but a high-protein one? High-protein ice creams have become really popular over the past few years, but are they healthier than the real stuff? Here’s a breakdown of the most popular higher protein ice creams, so you can decide if they fit into your lifestyle.

Artic Zero

Made from water, fava bean protein, sugar, sugar cane fiber, a sugar substitute, thickeners, and monk fruit, Arctic Zero is one of the most popular high-protein ice creams. But there’s actually only six grams of protein per pint, so it’s not very high in protein. It has a low-calorie content, with the vanilla being just 160. There are also eight grams of fiber and 25 grams of sugar per pint.

Enlightened

These frozen desserts are made from skim milk, corn fiber, eggs, cream, sugar, sugar substitutes, and sugar alcohols. The vanilla pint has 21 grams of protein, 15 grams of sugar, 24 grams of fiber, and 300 calories.

Halo Top

Like Enlightened, Halo Top’s main ingredients are skim milk, sugar alcohol, corn fiber, sugar, eggs, and thickeners. Halo Top vanilla comes in at 290 calories, 19 grams of protein, 14 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of fiber per pint.