The "Better Choice" Dessert
If you've decided to order a treat, don't compromise. You'll not only feel as if you missed out on what you really wanted, but you may accidentally order something even more fattening. Let's say you're dying for a piece of flourless chocolate cake but you feel like the pear tart would be healthier (it's got fruit, right?). Gensler found an example of a slice of chocolate cake with 234 calories and 11 grams of fat, compared to a pear tart with 340 calories and 17 grams of fat (the tart was bigger, and most likely made with more butter). If you're craving ice cream but wonder if flan or gelato would be wiser, go with your gut: 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream has 145 calories and 8 grams saturated fat, and the same amount of flan has 220 calories and 6 grams of fat. Gelato also has less fat than ice cream—but more calories. This is a numbers game that's not worth playing, so satisfying your cravings with just one creamy, velvety scoop.