10 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Vanilla Ice Creams

Be conscientious when you treat yourself to a frozen dessert
iStock/Thinkstock Not all vanilla ice creams are created equal.

Vanilla ice cream is the perfect standard dessert. Creamy texture: check. Simple flavor: check. Ability to complement any delicious topping: check. If you are into vanilla ice cream, you clearly have a sweet side.

Click here for the 10 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Vanilla Ice Creams (Slideshow)

While you may not be the most adventurous in your flavor palate, you are an extremely loyal individual. You’re probably your friends’ most reliable ally, and absolutely everyone can count on you. As a vanilla lover, you enjoy the simple pleasures in life and do not need anything but the little things to make you happy. So what if you aren’t wild and crazy, you’re a classic that will never fade out!

And sure, subtle nuanced differences are evident when you take a bite into different brands, but it is all made up generally of the same stuff in the same way. Right? Well we hate to break it to you, but this is completely not true — especially when it comes to the nutritional facts surrounding vanilla ice cream.[slideshow:

For essentially being comprised of the same ingredients, vanilla ice cream can vary widely when it comes to calories, fat, sugar, sodium, and even cholesterol. To help you make a more conscientious decision about your vanilla ice cream, we rounded up the healthiest and the unhealthiest brands out there. From classic favorites like Blue Bunny to the beloved pint of Ben & Jerry’s, you’ll be shocked to find out where each brand ranks.

Turkey Hill

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A favorite ice cream of Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, this beloved and familiar brand came out on top in terms of nutritional value. While its sodium content is on the higher side of its competitors sugar, cholesterol, and calories, are all lower than the other brands.

Nutritional Info:

  • Calories: 130 per ½ cup
  • Sodium: 50 milligrams
  • Cholesterol: 25 milligrams
  • Total Fat: 7 grams
  • Sugar: 12 grams

Blue Bunny
vanilla ice cream

Comparatively, Blue bunny only narrowly escaped being the healthiest vanilla ice cream brand because of its slightly higher sugar content.

Nutritional Info:

  • Calories: 130 per ½ cup
  • Sodium: 40 milligrams
  • Cholesterol: 25 milligrams
  • Total Fat: 7 grams
  • Sugar: 14 grams

Click here to see the full list of vanilla ice creams. 

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