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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.