Cold Comfort

With the mercury rising, our appetite grows for cool, sweet desserts. Treat yourself — but know what you’re getting in each scoop.

GOOD: Sorbet
CALORIES (PER 125 ML): 110
Made with fruit or flavoured water and sugar, it’s an option for vegans or those who can’t tolerate the dairy or eggs in ice cream or gelato.

WAIT, WHAT?
One half-cup can contain 26 grams of sugar! (The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends limiting sugar intake to less than 10 percent of total daily calories.)

BETTER: Ice cream
CALORIES (PER 125 ML): 140
Although higher in calories than sorbet, vanilla ice cream contains less sugar and won’t raise your blood sugar as quickly as sorbet will.

WAIT, WHAT?
Day of the week the most ice cream is sold? Sundays. And in Canada, more ice cream is sold in the winter than in the summer.

BEST: GELATO
CALORIES (PER 125 ML): 180
Containing less cream and egg yolks than ice cream, gelato is dense thanks to how it is churned, making it more creamy, intensely flavourful, and satisfying.

WAIT, WHAT?
Viagra flavour gelato is a thing. It doesn’t contain the prescription drug, but rather aphrodisiac drugs from Africa.

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