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Ice Cream Myths and Facts Quiz: Eat Smart

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For a creamy, cold treat, frozen yogurt is always the healthiest choice.

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For a creamy, cold treat, frozen yogurt is always the healthiest choice.

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Just because it's yogurt doesn't mean it's healthy. It's true that frozen yogurt often has less fat than ice cream (it's made with milk and no cream), but it can have more sugar. Check the nutrition information to see what you're really getting.

Want an alternative you know is healthy? Make your own frozen dessert by putting a container of your favorite low-sugar, low-fat yogurt in the freezer at home.

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A sundae can have more calories and grams of fat than dinner.

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A sundae can have more calories and grams of fat than dinner.

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Sundaes may sound heavenly, but they can easily be a calorie and fat bomb in disguise. Having a medium-sized sundae made with French vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, cookie dough, fudge, and caramel in a waffle bowl is the same calorie and fat-wise as eating three quarter-pound burgers. That sundae has 1,300 calories and 57 grams of fat.

When you're dishing up ice cream, keep it in check. A single serving is 1/2 cup -- about the size of half a baseball -- so stick to one scoop instead of three.

Putting toppings on your ice cream or frozen yogurt is unhealthy for you.

Putting toppings on your ice cream or frozen yogurt is unhealthy for you.

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Some toppings are not the smartest choice. But sometimes ordering a special ice cream flavor is worse for you than adding a topping. For example, one brand of chocolate peanut butter ice cream has more calories and fat than chocolate non-fat frozen yogurt and adding one peanut butter cup.

Want to add a topping? Fresh fruit or chopped nuts are best. The fruit will give you vitamins and fiber. Nuts add protein and healthy fats.

If something says "light" on the label, that means it's healthy -- I can eat as much as I want.

If something says "light" on the label, that means it's healthy -- I can eat as much as I want.

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"Light" means it has at least 50% less fat or 33% fewer calories than regular ice cream, according to FDA standards. But don't be tricked. A light ice cream could be lower in fat yet still have as many calories as regular ice cream -- maybe not as healthy as you thought. When choosing ice cream or frozen yogurt, take a closer look at the nutrition facts panel -- compare light and regular versions. And stick to a single serving.

Ice pops and fruit bars are better for you than ice cream because they are fat-free.

Ice pops and fruit bars are better for you than ice cream because they are fat-free.

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Most ice pops and fruit bars have no fat. And they're packaged in a single serving! But they can also be bad for you because they have tons of sugar. Some are basically just frozen, colored sugar water.

When buying, read the ingredients and nutrition labels. Look for real fruit for fiber and no added sugar. Compare brands and products, and pick the one with the fewest calories and least sugar.

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RESULTS: Good job! You know how to enjoy your frozen treats in a healthy way. 

RESULTS: Not bad. You've got the right idea about choosing healthy frozen treats. Remember to check labels or ask for nutrition facts when in doubt. And stick to single servings.

RESULTS: It looks like you could make healthier choices when it comes to picking frozen treats. That's all right, next time you're craving ice cream, remember what you learned. It's OK to enjoy ice cream, frozen yogurt, and ice pops -- if you're smart about it. Check nutrition labels: look at calories, fat, and sugar so you can limit them. And don't supersize your portions.