A colleague and I were discussing the possibility of having an afternoon ice cream snack. He said he’d love to but that “that crap’s got like a jillion calories”.
“C’mon”, I said.
“No, really there’s like 4000 calories in a Ben & Jerry pint!”
Well, this guy is full of misinformation, so I checked the Ben & Jerry’s site and of course he’s wrong, but to be (extremely) generous, he’s in the ballpark. Their site nutriotional guide lists the ice creams at 240 - 380* calories at the extremes, for a 1/2 cup serving. With 2 cups in a pint, that puts us at 960 - 1520 calories per 1 pint serving. So we say, “Jeez, that’s almost a full days calories right there.” Then he recommends to me to go on a Ben & Jerry’s only diet. I reply that it would probably kill me, or at least my teeth would drop straight out.
So, what would happen if a person went on a Ben & Jerry’s only diet. Specifically, what if a male, aged 25, at 5’8" and 150 lbs, started today only eating Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Caramel Fudge, 1 pint per day? Would he die? From what? It’s probably about enough calories to sustain a person for a while.
Since I’m feeling generous, let’s give our hypothetical person a cup of water to wash this down with. And just so you don’t have to do the digging, here’s what B&J list as the nutriotional information on this flavor (per pint):
Calories from Fat: 600
Total Fat: 68 grams
Saturated Fat: 40 grams
Cholesterol: 280 milligrams
Sodium: 460 milligrams
Carbohydrates: 132 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sugars: 416 grams
Protein: 64 grams
240% of daily vitamin A
0% of daily vitamin C
128% of daily Calcium
96% of daily Iron
That’s all that’s listed. Would our test subject survive? What ill effects would he suffer? If he didn’t survive, what would be the most likely causes of his demise? And how long would it take?
*Island Paradise[sup]TM[/sup], Pistachio Pistachio[sup]TM[/sup] and Kaberry Kaboom[sup]TM[/sup] are all at the “healthy” end of the scale. Peanut Butter Cup is the heavyweight and doesn’t carry the nice little [sup]TM[/sup] symbol.