Animal Writes
26 September 2001 Issue
Just Desserts

by Robert Cohen - [email protected] 

I recently enjoyed a magnificent gourmet meal in a New York City Vietnamese restaurant.

The dessert menu included these three treats:

Vanilla Ice Cream
Orange Sherbet
Tapioca Pudding

I finished my meal with the tapioca pudding. Talk about a rich, sweet, gooey, decadent, delicious guilt-free dessert!

For me, rich vanilla ice cream represents pus with hormones, dioxins, saturated fat, glue, cholesterol, and sugar.

Many people are not aware that sherbet is a dairy product too. To produce one pound of sherbet requires eight pounds of milk.

I decided to compare and contrast the nutritional content of each of the three desserts, examining calories, fat, and cholesterol found in a one cup portion of each product.

I accessed USDA's food composition website: 

Here are the results.


Ice Cream 356 24 90
Sherbet 204 3 9
Tapioca 170 0 0

Three slices of greasy-broiled bacon contain 16.15 milligrams of cholesterol.

Seventeen slices of bacon would contain the same amount of cholesterol as the
dessert-sized portion of ice cream.

Now for some heart-saving information: 

When you are handed a dessert menu, opt for the tapioca. Have fresh fruit. The alternatives are delicious. A lifetime of vanilla ice cream is the less hearty choice.

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