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What’s in Cold Stone’s Hibiscus Sorbet?

In this new series, “Eating out: What’s in it?” we will be going over how you can figure out for yourself if something is unhealthy. Today we are taking a trip to Cold Stone.

 

1. Check the menu

In more and more urban and developed cities, some nutrition information is being publicly displayed on the menu. Look for numbers or symbols next to the menu item.

 

Examples:

  • “M/L 170/310 cal”     — this could be found right after a drink, indicating that the small portion is 170 calories, while a medium is 310.
  • “GF,” “V,” or “DF”     — could all be common allergy indicators / show dietary preferences (gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy free)
  • “sug-free”     –there is no sugar in your food

 

These indicators are convenient and effective ways of narrowing down choices.

 

2. Go online

If you are eating at a chain restaurant, you can almost guarantee they will have the nutritional info on their websites. Some even have ingredients, and most include a common allergen guide.

 

In this case we have an extensive amount of information online for all of Cold Stone’s products.

  1. Go to their website
  2. On the main menu select “Nutritional”
  3. In the submenu click “Nutrition, Ingredients, Allergies & Sensitivities
  4. There you can view the nutrition facts and ingredient list.

See also: What’s on the Nutrition Label?

 

Summaries- Nutrition:

There are 3 sizes: “Like It” “Love It” and “Gotta Have It” (Small, Medium, and Large, respectively).

I will simply list each nutrientTwo categories: micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and m... More three times in order from small to large.

 

  • 142 calories
  • 227 calories
  • 340 calories

This may be high or low for you, depending on the circumstances.

 

  • no protein, no sodium, and no of cholesterol
  • no protein, no sodium, and no of cholesterol
  • no protein, no sodium, and no of cholesterol

 

After all, it is a sorbet.

 

  • 54g of carbohydrates, 54 of which are sugar, and no fiber
  • 86g of carbohydrates, 86 of which are sugar, and no fiber
  • 129g of carbohydrates, 128 of which are sugar, and the remaining 1 gram is fiber

As we can see, all a sorbet really is just frozen sugar.

You may have noticed that the first two sizes are 100% sugar, fiber free and starch free, while the third is only 99% sugar, starch free and 1% fiber. Trust me, they didn’t add anything special to the “Gotta Have It” size. The difference lies in that nutrients are rounded. As with anything rounded, the bigger the sample size, the more accurate the data. The small and medium do not, technically speaking, have NO fiber. They just have so little fiber it can be rounded down to 0.

See also: How are Nutrients and Calories Rounded?

 

 

  • No fat, no Vitamin A or C, no Calcium, and no Iron
  • No fat, no Vitamin A or C, no Calcium, and no Iron
  • No fat, no Vitamin A or C, no Calcium, and no Iron

 

Again. Frozen sugar.

See also: How to Understand and Apply the Nutrition Facts
Summaries- Ingredients:

I divided the ingredients up into a layout that is hopefully easier to understand.

The actual ingredients are in blue, while headings are in black (I don’t want to count things twice in instances where ingredients have ingredients that make them up).

 

  1. Sorbet
    1. Water
    2. Sugar
    3. DextroseA form of glucose, a basic sugar.
    4. Citric Acid"Citric acid is the compound 2-hydroxy-1,2,3-propanetricarbo... More
    5. Mono and Diglycerides
    6. Locust Bean Gum
    7. Guar Gum
    8. Pectin
  2. HIBISCUS
    1. Hibiscus Sugar and or high fructose corn sweetener
    2. Hibiscus extract
    3. Citric acid
    4. Water
    5. Phosphoric acid
    6. Preservatives
      1. Sodium benzoate
      2. Potassium sorbate
    7. Xanthan Gum"The additive is a polysaccharide gum derived from Xanthomon... More

 

Breakdown:

  • We have sugar, corn syrup, and dextrose (a guide to the types of sweeteners here).
  • There are a few preservatives used.
  • Mono and diglicerides are an additive to exchange the shelf life of foods. People try to avoid it because it contains small amounts of trans fats
  • As we saw above, it’s salt-free, which is nice if you are trying to reduce the sodium in your diet.
  • If you didn’t know, everything that ends in “Gum” is just a thickener

 

All in all, it’s a fairly non-nutritive desert. Basically just flavored sugars with some preservatives and thickeners. Not terrible for you, not beneficial for you. Quite alright once in a while.

See also: Get to Know Your Nutrients

 

Hope this eating out tutorial / walk-through helps! More coming soon.

 

Thanks for reading!

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