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Want to enjoy the best taste of summer and still be able to wear your favorite swimsuit? Help yourself to a bowl of low-fat ice cream! New varieties have the silky richness of their full-fat counterparts without all the calories and saturated fat.

"Although I'd put it in the category of 'treats,' there is a place for low-fat ice cream in a healthy diet," says Nancy Clark, M.S., R.D., author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Second Edition (Human Kinetics, 1997) and a nutrition counselor at SportsMedicine Brookline in Brookline, Mass.

Here's the scoop: On average, active women need about 2,000 calories a day. Ten percent (200 calories, 50 grams) of those can come from sugar and 25 percent (500 calories, 55 grams) can come from fat. So a half-cup of any of these low-fat ice creams fits very nicely into a healthy summer eating plan.

Ben & Jerry's Mocha Latte Low Fat Ice Cream
1/2 cup
Calories: 150
Cholesterol (mg): 10
Sugars (g): 24
Total fat (g): 2
Rating: Good
Comments: Powerful cinnamon punch mingled with fine chocolate and coffee flavors.

Breyers All Natural Light Natural Vanilla
1/2 cup
Calories: 120
Cholesterol (mg): 10
Sugars (g): 16
Total fat (g): 3
Rating: Very good
Comments: Bold natural flavor; relatively creamy texture like frozen yogurt.

Edy's/Dreyer's Grand Light Ice Cream Vanilla Light Ice Cream
1/2 cup
Calories: 100
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Sugars (g): 11
Total fat (g): 3
Rating: Good
Comments: Butter-yellow color; egg yolks and cream increase cholesterol count.

Starbucks Ice Cream Low Fat Latte
1/2 cup
Calories: 170
Cholesterol (mg): 10
Sugars (g): 23
Total fat (g): 3
Rating: Excellent
Comments: Let the mercury rise! Luxurious, rich velvety consistency with bold flavor.

Haagen-Dazs Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup
Calories: 170
Cholesterol (mg): 20
Sugars (g): 15
Total fat (g): 2.5
Rating: Excellent
Comments: Snow-white color with superb vanilla flavor; extremely dense texture; quite creamy.

Healthy Choice Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Premium Low Fat Ice Cream
1/2 cup
Calories: 120
Cholesterol (mg): 5
Sugars (g): 18
Total fat (g): 2
Rating: Very good
Comments: Powdered milk-chocolate taste with pretend chocolate chips that crumble in mouth.

Healthy Choice Vanilla Flavored Premium Low Fat Ice Cream
1/2 cup
Calories: 100
Cholesterol (mg): 5
Sugars (g): 17
Total fat (g): 2
Rating: Good
Comments: Fine, sweet vanilla taste; surprisingly low in calories, cholesterol and total fat.

Stonyfield Farm Organic Chocolate Low Fat Ice Cream
1/2 cup
Calories: 120
Cholesterol (mg): 10
Sugars (g): 18
Total fat (g): 2.5
Rating: Very good
Comments: Pleasing milk-chocolate flavor; creamy texture.

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