A long long time ago, I don't remember when exactly, I was asked which one was healthier: cookies or ice cream. Me, being a faithful ice cream lover, immediately said ice cream, of course. It has some dairy in it so it must be healthier, right?
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I didn't look into this thing further and continued living in my ice cream filled world. I've never been a big fan of cookies, but I enjoy them from time to time. Years later and having learned a lot about food science, I decided it was time to settle matters once and for all. Who would win this sweet battle?
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Always looking for trusted sources, I began my search at government sites. Today I found a website called Choose My Plate, which belongs to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The About page states that "The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans." It sounds credible to me.
They offer a tool for food comparison which suited my needs perfectly. Once and for all the supremacy of ice cream would be proven, and by a very very reputable source. Oh, poor delusional me. Here's the result of my research:
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My heart ached as I read that simple vanilla ice cream was worse than chocolate chip cookies. I didn't dare to check for chocolate ice cream. "Why God, why?" was echoing in my mind while my frozen paradise melted. I had been so wrong this entire time!
Of course, this was a perfect time to remember that ice cream has a large amount of fat. Considering that an ounce of fat has more calories that an ounce of sugar, ice cream was doomed. I admit my big mistake and give the prize to cookies: it's the healthier choice.
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