Forget Juice Cleanses, an Ice Cream Cleanse Exists

But ... is it actually good for you?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 16, 2014 7:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – Juice cleanses are all the rage these days—but doesn't it sound more fun to go on an ice cream cleanse? If you live in California, you can. Kippy's! Ice Cream Shop in Venice is now offering a four-day cleanse, although its version of ice cream doesn't contain any dairy products—it's made from coconut cream. For $240, you get five pints of the stuff each day, plus free daily yoga classes. Owner Kippy Miller tells CBS Los Angeles that 12 people did the cleanse last month and lost weight—and over on Gizmodo, Brent Rose, who was one of those lucky dozen, writes about doing it with his girlfriend. Yes, they lost weight—about 6 pounds for Rose, and closer to 5 pounds for his girlfriend—but they both gained it back within days.

The big question: Is it healthy? The weight loss can probably be explained by the calorie count (the ice cream adds up to 1,200 calories per day, which one nutritionist says is "a great range" to stay in while dieting), but you're also ingesting 70 grams of fat and more than 120 grams of sugar per day. That concerns the nutritionist, and a doctor agrees, telling CBS News that the cleanse involves "a boat load of processed saturated fat and sugar every day; pretty much the two worst things you can put in your body" and adding that any weight lost would almost certainly come right back. If, however, you are more concerned with how it tastes, Rose and his girlfriend found the ice cream delish.

This is not the ice cream from the ice cream cleanse. Sorry.
This is not the ice cream from the ice cream cleanse. Sorry.   (©)
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