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Look Before You Eat: LAist Deconstructs Oreo Cookie Frozen Treats

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For better or worse, we looked at the nutrition values of two of LAist's favorite food groups: Oreos and ice cream. / Photo by mihoda via flickr.

As we learned earlier, July is National Ice Cream Month, a legacy left to us by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. According to the International Ice Cream Association, “He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation's population.”

LAist wholly agrees that ice cream is a totally fun food. Sometimes Pinkberry, Red Mango or Cantaloop treats just won’t do. But c’mon, the “nutritious” claim by the IICA and Ronnie is a bit dubious. And we found out just how dubious.

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Now this particular LAist poster luuuurves Oreo Cookies, and combine them with some sort of vanilla ice cream in a shake, a frappe, a malt – or simply mixed-in and dropped in a bowl – and it's heaven. So the other day, we got a mailer from Baskin-Robbins to try their Oreo Cookie 31 Below, a soft-serve concoction with Oreos. We were so in. Why not? It was a hot summer night and buy one and get one free seemed like such a good deal. But then LAist did something that totally busted the ice-cream run: We looked up the nutrition content of the Oreo 31 Below. Here’s what we found (and it's not pretty):

The 16 oz. serving of the 31 Below had 980 calories, 41 grams of fat. And you thought a Big Mac (540 calories, 29 grams of fat) or a Whopper with cheese (770 calories, 48 grams of fat) were bad?

We looked up other nutrition content of similar Oreo Cookie-type desserts. And the list is pretty depressing:

> Dairy Queen Oreo Cookie Blizzard: 334 grams (about 12 oz.), 690 calories, 26 grams of fat;
> Jack in the Box Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Shake: 339 grams, 770 calories, 40 grams of fat;
> McDonalds McFlurry with Oreo Cookies: 337 grams, 550 calories, 17 grams of fat; and
> Cold Stone's Like It Milk and Cookies Shake: 485 grams, 1090 calories and 63 grams of fat.

And we didn't even want to look at the sugar or carb counts.

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So go ahead and enjoy those Oreo ice cream treats - in moderation, of course. And remind yourself that it's okay to indulge if you eat nothing but carrots and celery for the rest of the day...at least that's how we justify it.