The Health Benefits of Tofutti Ice Cream

I have already discussed many of the healthiest foods. Ice cream is not a health food, but Tofutti is a healthy ice cream substitute because it has no lactose and no cholesterol.


Serving: 1 tbsp
Water: 53.75 grams
Calories: 349
Total Lipids: 34.87 grams
Protein: 7.55 grams
Carbohydrates: 2.66 grams
Total Sugar: 0.2 grams
Saturated Fat: 21.966 grams
Monounsaturated Fat: 9.838 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.265 grams
Cholesterol: 110 mg
Fiber: 0 grams
Lycopene: 0 mcg
Alpha Carotene: 0 mcg
Beta Carotene: 89 mcg
Retinol: 359 mcg
Calcium: 80 mg
Iron: 1.2 mg Magnesium: 6 mg
Phosphorus: 104 mg
Potassium: 119 mg
Selenium: 2.4 mcg
Sodium: 296 mg
Zinc: 0.54 mg
Vitamin A IU: 1346
Vitamin A RAE: 366
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid: 0.271 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.047 mg
Vitamin C: 0 mg
Vitamin E: 0.3 mg
Thiamin: 0.017 mg
Riboflavin: 0.197 mg
Niacin: 0.101 mg
Vitamin K: 2.9 mcg
Folate: 13 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Shown above is the data on cream cheese, which is similar. Cream cheese has a lot of fat and a little bit of carbohydrates. It is an animal product, so it is not on the vegan diet. It does not have the sugar that is in ice cream, but it does have calcium.

I give cream cheese a “D” grade because it is inexpensive and tastes good. It can make you fat, which is part of the down side.


Serving: 1 tbsp
Water: 80.57 grams
Calories: 130
Total Lipids: 11.5 grams
Protein: 2.96 grams
Carbohydrates: 4.3 grams
Total Sugar: 0.16 grams
Saturated Fat: 7.158 grams
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.321 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.427 grams
Cholesterol: 37 mg
Fiber: 0 grams
Lycopene: 0 mcg
Alpha Carotene: 0 mcg
Beta Carotene: 22 mcg
Retinol: 95 mcg
Calcium: 105 mg
Iron: 0.07 mg Magnesium: 10 mg
Phosphorus: 95 mg
Potassium: 130 mg
Selenium: 1.8 mcg
Sodium: 41 mg
Zinc: 0.51 mg
Vitamin A IU: 354
Vitamin A RAE: 97
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid: 0.289 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.039 mg
Vitamin C: 0.9 mg
Vitamin E: 0.33 mg
Thiamin: 0.035 mg
Riboflavin: 0.149 mg
Niacin: 0.078 mg
Vitamin K: 1.3 mcg
Folate: 3 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Shown above is cream itself. It has no fiber, which is bad. It has lactose, which is bad for anyone with lactose intolerance. On the positive side, it has calcium. The data is from the USDA (Dept. of Agriculture). I give cream a “D”. It does have fat soluble vitamins, which is why it doesn’t get an “F”. These fat soluble vitamins are valuable, but I prefer to get them from vegan foods.

Ice Cream

Water: 63.2 grams
Calories: 165
Total Lipids: 3.96 grams
Protein: 5.35 grams
Carbohydrates: 26.73 grams
Total Sugar: 18.47 grams
Saturated Fat: 2.59 grams
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.858 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.157 grams
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Fiber: 0.3 grams
Phosphorus: 122 mg
Potassium: 244 mg
Selenium: 2.7 mcg
Sodium: 71 mg
Zinc: 0.66 mg
Vitamin A IU: 218
Vitamin A RAE: 64
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid: 0.397 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.036 mg
Vitamin C: 0.4 mg
Vitamin E: 0.06 mg
Thiamin: 0.035 mg
Riboflavin: 0.193 mg
Niacin: 0.176 mg
Vitamin K: 0.3 mcg
Folate: 6 mcg
Folic Acid: 0 mcg

Clearly there is a lot of sugar in ice cream. There is a lot of fat, and much of it is bad fat. I have to give ice cream a “D”. One of the few foods that are even worse is lard. Even margarine is not good because it has trans fats.

My recommendation is to use tofu or rice substitutes. One is called “Soy Cream”. Even these will have sugar, but they are a heck of a lot better in the quality of the fats.