Ice cream might not be the healthiest food, but eating small portions does offer some nutrition. Nevertheless, the serving sizes at ice cream shops are often more than one and contain more calories and fat than is healthy for one scoop. Ice cream purchased at the grocery store, Blue Bell's included, is often lower in both fat and calories because it doesn't contain all the candy and sauces, and you are better able to control how much is placed in your bowl.
Eating too many calories results in weight gain if you cannot burn them off each day. Blue Bell ice cream should be a treat and not an everyday food because it is higher in calories than healthier snack alternatives. A 1/2 cup of the banana split or mint chocolate chip flavor contains 170 calories, and the pecan pralines and cream contains 190 calories.
A 2,000-calorie diet should not exceed 78 g of fat per day. A diet high in fat increases your risk of heart disease and obesity. However, you can still enjoy a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream as long as you balance your fat intake for the rest of the day so that you stay within the recommendations. A half cup of buttered pecan contains 11 g of fat, and the cookies and cream flavor has 9 g.
Getting too much sugar increases your risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. Aim to limit your intake to 24 g for women and 36 g for men each day. Eating Blue Bell ice cream can make this difficult because many of the half-cup servings contain quite a bit. The strawberries and vanilla flavor contains 23 g, and the chocolate chip cookie dough contains 17 g.
Because Blue Bell ice cream is made with milk, you do benefit from its calcium content. Calcium is important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Adults need 1,000 to 1,300 mg of calcium each day. A half-cup scoop of most of the Blue Bell flavors contains 15 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium.
Milk products contain protein, a nutrient that is needed for cell development and growth. It also promotes healthy skin, hair and muscles, and provides your body with energy. Ten to 35 percent of your daily calorie intake should come from protein. Eating Blue Bell ice cream will increase your intake, but is too high in fat, calories and sugar to be your main protein source. A half cup serving of strawberry contains 3 g of protein, the Great Divide flavor has 4 g and the homemade vanilla has 5 g.