25.09.2022

Tubs of Ben and Jerry’s and Magnum can contain as many calories as THREE McDonald’s cheeseburgers

With Britain set for another week of tropical weather, you could be forgiven for stocking up the freezer with ice cream. But nutritional experts want to warn you about the ‘surprisingly large’ number of calories in the nation’s favourite tubs.

The worst-offering, Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup, contains 1,311 calories — the equivalent of nearly seven Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts (200).

Meanwhile, Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey was the most sugary tub on the market (126g per tub) — the equivalent to ten-and-a-half doughnuts (12g).

Nutritionists told MailOnline that despite it being very easy to eat an entire tub of ice cream it should be a ‘very occasional treat’ because of its potential effects on your waistline.

WHAT SHOULD A BALANCED DIET LOOK LIKE?

Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS

• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables count

• Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain

• 30 grams of fibre a day: This is the same as eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and large baked potato with the skin on

• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing lower fat and lower sugar options

• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)

• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consuming in small amounts

• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day

• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men a day

MailOnline gathered nutritional information on 92 tubs of ice cream available at UK supermarkets, including supermarket-own versions as well as Halo Top and Jude’s.

No figures for Häagen-Dazs were available to compare.

Results showed that 17 of the 20 ice creams with the most calories are made by Ben & Jerry’s, while tubs from Magnum round up the worst end of the table. The findings were similar for sugar.

After Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup, its Chunky Monkey tub had the second-most calories (1,293), which is the equivalent to five Oreo McFlurrys (258).

Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough S’witch Up (1,153) and Oh My Banoffee Pie (1,063) were among the next-most calorific options, followed by Magnum Classic ice cream (1,109).

The NHS tells men to eat around 2,500 calories per day to maintain their body weight, while the average woman needs 2,000 calories daily. Consuming too many calories can lead to obesity, raising the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and having a stroke.

Eating a whole tub of one of these ice creams would account for up to 52 per cent of a man’s daily intake and 66 per cent of a woman’s recommended intake.

At the other end of the scale, Halo Top’s ice creams contain as little as 320 calories per tub. ASDA’s Birthday Cake (362 calories) and Oppo’s Double Salted Caramel Swirl (390 calories) were also among the least calorific.

MailOnline analysis also showed that Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream is among the most sugar-laden ice creams. It contains 112g per tub — as much as four-and-a-half bars of Dairy Milk chocolate, which contain 25g each, or 23 chocolate digestives (4.8g).

Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew (107g), Phish Food Chocolate and Marshmallow (107g) and Oh My Banoffee Pie (98g) rounded out the top five sugar-laden options.

A sugar-heavy diet can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. The NHS recommends eating no more than 30g of added sugar per day.

Halo Top’s Sea Salt Caramel ice cream was among the least-sugary options (13.2g), followed by ASDA’s Birthday Cake ice cream (27.4g) and ASDA’s Caramel Popcorn flavour (29.3g).

Professor Gunter Kuhnle, an expert in nutrition and food science at the University of Reading, told MailOnline that people should expect that ice cream is high in calories and sugar as it is eaten for enjoyment rather than health.

He said: ‘The sugar content is at the higher end of what can be found in many desserts.

‘But there are also fruits with high sugar content (e.g. bananas with 18g per 100g).

‘Of course, an issue is always that if a food can be easily eaten, it’s much easier to overeat — it’s much easier to eat an entire tub of ice cream than four bananas.’

Professor Kuhnle added: ‘The concern — as almost always in nutrition — is not so much an individual food but rather a dietary pattern. Enjoying an ice cream is fine — making it the main meal would be more of a problem.’

Dr Duane Mellor, a dietitian at Aston Medical School in Birmingham, told MailOnline that despite manufacturers adding a recommended portion size to tubs of ice cream in millilitres not many people measure this out of a tub ‘given the image portrayed in the movies of a person eating a whole tub in an evening’.

This means people end up eating ‘significantly larger amounts of ice cream than suggested’ and that ice cream can end up contributing a ‘surprisingly large’ amount to a person’s sugar allowance — with some tubs containing up to 25 teaspoons, he added.

Dr Carmen Piernas, a researcher and nutrition scientist at the University of Oxford, told MailOnline the products’ high calorie and sugar content is not surprising.

She said: ‘Ice cream is a frozen mixture of fat and sugars. Fat contributes the highest amount of calories per gram.

‘And the combination of the two has been found to be addictive, so people need to understand that ice creams should be a very occasional treat.’

Dr Piernas called for manufacturers to label their tubs to highlight the nutrition per scoop so people understand what they are eating. ‘Otherwise we are all at risk of overeating this without any more guidance,’ she added.

Ice cream tubs have as many calories as SIX doughnuts 
Ice Cream (per 100ml) calories sugar (g) salt (g) price
Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 465Ml 282 21 0.4 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream 465ml 278 27 0.13 £4.75
Magnum Tub Classic Ice Cream 440 Ml 252 21.6 0.01 £3.85
Ben & Jerry’s Oh My Banoffee Pie Ice Cream 427Ml 249 23 0.28 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Sandwich Up Vanilla Ice Cream 465Ml 248 21 0.17 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Save our Swirl’d NOW Coconut Flavoured Vegan Ice Cream 465ml 243 21 0.17 £5.00
Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew Ice Cream 465Ml 242 23 0.16 £4.80
Ben And Jerry’s Netflix & Chilld Ice Cream 465Ml 240 19 0.58 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Hazel -Nuttin But Chocolate 427Ml 237 22 0.17 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Raindough Cookie Dough Twist Vanilla Ice Cream Dessert Tub 465ml 236 21 0.38 £4.50
Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Vanilla Ice Cream 465Ml 235 22 0.12 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food Chocolate & Marshmallow Ice Cream 465Ml 232 23 0.14 £4.80
Magnum White Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Tub 440Ml 231 21 0.15 £3.85
Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra Core Ice Cream 465Ml 230 23 0.17 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Cookies On Cookie Dough Dairy Free Ice Cream 465Ml 230 20 0.12 £4.50
Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Brownie Party Ice Cream 465Ml 228 23 0.38 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Netflix & Chilll’d Peanut Butter Non Dairy 465Ml 226 16 0.25 £4.50
Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Cookie Vermonster 427Ml 226 21 0.17 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Vermont-ster Sundae Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Tub 427ml 226 21 0.17 £5.00
Magnum Double Salt Caramel Ice Cream Tub 440Ml 225 21 0.26 £3.85
Magnum Sweet & Salty Almond Remix Ice Cream 440Ml 224 21 0.28 £3.85
Ben & Jerry’s Baked Alaska Vanilla Ice Cream 465Ml 221 22 0.11 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream 465Ml 217 24 0.2 £4.80
Hackney Gelato Peanut Butter & Chocolate Ice Cream 500Ml 216 19.2 0.4 £5.00
Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Ice Cream Chocolate Waffle Cone Salted Caramel 465Ml 216 21 0.26 £4.80
Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream 465Ml 216 21 0.19 £4.80
M&S Collection West Country Chocolate Ice Cream 500ml 214 14.8 0.03 £3.75
Magnum Double Gold Caramel Billionaire Ice Cream 440Ml 207 19 0.17 £3.85
Snickers Ice Cream 500Ml 204 18 0.21 £3.00
Ben & Jerrys Dairy Free Salted Caramel Ice Cream 465Ml 201 20 0.21 £4.50
ASDA Loaded Chewy Choc Chimp 480ml 200 20 0.2 £2.00
Roar Hazelnut Chocolate Cookie Plant Based Ice Cream 500Ml 196 16 0.21 £4.00
Roar Salted Caramel & Macadamia Plant-Based Ice Cream 500Ml 195 18 0.17 £4.00
Cadbury Dairy Milk Ice Cream Tub 480Ml 195 17.5 0.11 £3.00
Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Berry Revolutionary Non Dairy 427Ml 193 16 0.14 £4.80
Cadbury Caramel Ice Cream 480Ml 187 17.4 0.12 £3.00
Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel Core 480ml 187 17.4 0.12 £3.25
M&S Collection West Country Salted Caramel Ice Cream 500ml 185 16.7 0.3 £3.95
Kit Kat Ice Cream Tub 480Ml 184 18 0.19 £3.00
Sainsbury’s Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream, Taste the Difference 480ml 184 13 0.08 £2.50
Green & Black’s Organic Ice Cream Chocolate 500ml 182 18 0.09 £4.25
Oreo Ice Cream 480Ml 180 14 0.2 £3.00
M&S Collection West Country Sicilian Lemon Ice Cream 500ml 179 14.7 0.1 £3.95
Ben & Jerry’s Non Dairy Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream 465Ml 179 17 0.08 £4.50
Northern Bloc Chocolate Mint Biscuit Vegan Ice Cream 500ml 178 16.5 0.03 £5.00
M&M’s Ice Cream Tub 500Ml 173 18 0.12 £3.00
Cadbury Double Decker Ice Cream 480Ml 169 14.4 0.11 £3.00
ASDA Loaded Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream 480ml 165 16 0.14 £2.00
Cadbury Flake Ice Cream 480Ml 165 15.2 0.1 £3.00
M&S Collection West Country Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream 500ml 162 11.2 0.08 £3.95
ASDA Loaded Cookie Dough Ice Cream 480ml 161 16 0.19 £2.00
Sainsbury’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Taste the Difference 480ml 154 11.4 0.22 £2.50
Wicked Kitchen Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Dream Treat 500Ml 154 16.3 0.11 £3.00
Sainsbury’s Vanilla Ice Cream, Taste the Difference 480ml 150 11.9 0.1 £2.50
Jude’s Caramel Cookie Dough Brownie 460ml 149 17 0.37 £4.00
Judes Vanilla Clotted Cream Ice Cream 460Ml 148 12.6 0.1 £4.30
Yeo Valley Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream 500ml 146 12.1 0.1 £4.00
Jude’s Gooey Chocolate Brownie Dairy Ice Cream 460ml 144 15.9 0.1 £4.00
Yeo Valley Organic Vanilla Ice Cream 500ml 144 11.9 0.1 £4.00
Jude’s Caramel Pecan Dairy Ice Cream 460ml 140 15.4 0.16 £4.50
Sainsbury’s Summer Edition Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream, Taste the Difference 480ml 140 13.4 0.04 £2.50
Ben & Jerry’s Moophoria Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream 465Ml 136 15 0.09 £4.80
Judes Salted Caramel Ice Cream 460Ml 135 15 0.3 £4.30
Tesco Finest Ice Cream Madagascan Vanilla 480Ml 134 8.7 0.07 £2.50
Alpro Hazelnut Chocolate Ice Cream 500ml 126 10.2 0.11 £4.00
Jude’s Caramel Cookie Dough Brownie 460ml 121 9.1 0.21 £3.75
ASDA Free From Chocolate Ice Cream 121 10 0.15 £2.20
Jude’s Flat White Coffee Dairy Ice Cream 460ml 116 12 0.1 £4.50
Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Moophoria 465Ml 115 14 0.27 £4.80
ASDA Free From Salted Caramel Ice Cream 500ml 114 9.8 0.19 £2.20
M&S Plant Kitchen Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream 500ml 113 9.8 0.03 £3.30
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Vanilla Iced Dessert 500ml 112 8.4 0.24 £3.75
ASDA Free From Vanilla Ice Cream 500ml 112 8.4 0.24 £2.20
Swedish Glace Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream 750Ml 108 12 0.17 £2.50
M&S Plant Kitchen Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream 325ml 105 13 0.06 £3.50
Jude’s Vegan Low Calorie Slted Caramel 460Ml 99 12 0.3 £4.30
Jude’s Cookies & Cream 460ml 99 7.8 0.09 £4.50
Jude’s Plant-Based Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream 460Ml 96 7.2 0.08 £4.80
Oppo Double Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream 475Ml 90 7 0.11 £4.50
Oppo Caramel Cookie Ice Cream 475Ml 84 6.7 0.23 £4.50
Oppo Double Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream 475Ml 82 6.5 0.3 £4.50
Halo Top Plant-Based Caramel Chocolate Pretzel 473Ml 80.3 6.2 0.2 £5.25
Halo Top Plant-Based Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream 473Ml 80.3 6.6 0.14 £5.25
ASDA Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream 473ml 78 6.2 0.17 £2.75
Halo Top Cookies & Cream Ice Cream 473Ml 78 8.2 0.14 £5.25
ASDA Birthday Cake Ice Cream 473ml 77 5.8 0.12 £2.75
Halo Top Gooey Brownie Ice Cream 473Ml 76 6.3 0.3 £5.25
Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream 473Ml 76 8.5 0.15 £5.25
Halo Top Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream 473Ml 76 8.5 0.13 £5.25
Halo Top Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream 473Ml 68 7 0.25 £5.25
Halo Top Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream 473Ml 67 2.8 0.19 £5.25

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