Ok, I admit it. I LOVE McDonalds soft serve ice cream. It is one of my favorite treats after a long joggle, softball game, or road trip. At a mere 150 calories, it’s a great choice compared to things like candy bars, soda pop, and donuts. That’s why I was appalled to see this report about McDonalds ice cream from the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
According to them, that ice cream cone that I thought was only 150 calories is really more like 225 calories with 4.5 g of saturated fat. CSPI says that McDonalds is “lowballing” their nutritional content to make the dessert seem less bad for you than it is.
I don’t know. I’ve never put too much stock in what the people of CSPI say. In the United States they are the “food nannies” who tell us that everything we’re eating is bad for us. They use the word “science” in their title to make themselves sound more legit but they don’t do science at all. They begin with the position that processed food is bad for you and collect data to prove that. In this case they looked at ice cream from 5 different McDonalds all in the Washington DC area. If they were really doing ‘science’ they would’ve made it a country-wide survey using random sampling. They would’ve also had some experimental controls. For example, if they did get the sizes indicated on the McDonalds website, does the ice cream cone score nutritionally the way McDonalds says it does?
When I get an ice cream cone the size is completely dependent on the person serving it. Some people load it up with 5 swirls of ice cream, others skimp and give only 3. In the long run is the 75 extra calories going to kill me? I don’t think so. So feel free to eat that McDonalds ice cream cone despite what the CSPI has to say. I think I’m going to get one today after kicking my ass for an hour on the treadmill.
Today’s joggling workout…Six half mile repeats at a setting of 10.5 to 11.0, then a 2 mile cool down. It’s gonna be fun for this joggler.