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Nutrition Info: McDonalds Soft Serve Ice-cream cones

Posted on | October 31, 2011 | No Comments

McDonalds Ice-cream cone

McDonalds Ice-cream cone

Someone recently asked me about the nutrition of a McDonalds soft serve ice-cream aka:  ‘McDonalds cone’ and why it was so sweet and nice and only had 150 calories.  Could that be true?

From my research, this is what McDonalds states as the correct nutrition for their ice-creams.

  • Nutrition of McDonalds Ice-cream in a cone:  Serving Size:  90 g
  • Energy:  150 calories
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs:  24 g
  • Fat: 3.5 g

The website also states that the ingredients are: Whole milk (protein), sucrose (sugar), nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids (sugar), mono and diglycerides (fat), guar gum (thickener), imitation vanilla flavour, carrageenan (vegetable thickener), cellulose gum (thickener), vitamin A palmitate (synthetic vitamin A; occurs naturally in dairy)

On a whole, there is nothing too nasty in these cones.  It’s the equivalent of drinking a can of softdrink in terms of calories.  It just really depends on how many eat, how frequently and what you’ve eaten in the same day.

Here’s some other things to consider:

  • Fact: 1 teaspoon sugar is approximately 4 grams.  Therefore, this ice-cream contains nearly 6 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Fact:  1 teaspoon of fat is 5 grams.  This contains ¾ teaspoon fat.

So scoop out some fat, add 6 teaspoons of sugar, a splash of milk and then thicken it and you have a McDonalds soft serve ice-cream!!  Doesn’t sound quite so appealing to me if you think of it that way.

But truthfully, if you have these very occasionally, it’s much better than having a decadent magnum ice-cream.  As a tip, if you are trying to watch your weight, consuming a water based ice-block is much better for your waistline and health.

But as always, the health guru recommends:  Eat slowly, put your utensils down between bites and stop eating when you feel 80% full because it’s better to waste it than to ‘waist’ it.

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