Does Ice Cream Contain Salt? (Answered)

Yes, ice cream does have salt in it. Read on to learn how much sodium is in ice cream as it relates to the recommended daily intake amount established by health professionals.

How Much Sodium in Ice Cream?

We randomly pulled the sodium content for various ice cream brands and flavors as shown in the table below. Based on the sampling, the sodium ranges from 35 to 170 milligrams (mg) per 2/3 cup serving.

To put these numbers into perspective, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily with an ideal of no more than 1,500 mg per day.

So, if you eat a 2/3 cup serving of any flavor of ice cream below, you’ll consume about 2-7% of your daily value (DV) of sodium based on a maximum of 2,300 mg.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), a food with 5% DV or less of sodium per serving is considered low while 20% DV or more is considered a high sodium food.

Overall, ice cream contains a low to moderate level of sodium depending on the variety. Generally speaking, the sodium is not the main reason behind why ice cream is ultimately considered an unhealthy food. Calories, added sugar, fat, and cholesterol are generally more of a concern.

Ice CreamServing SizeSodium(mg)
Alden’s Organic – Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl2/3 cup (89g)55mg
Baskin Robbins – Pralines ‘N Cream (Grocery Store Variety)2/3 cup (107g)170mg
Ben & Jerry’s – Chunky Monkey2/3 cup (143g)50mg
Blue Bell – Pistachio Almond2/3 cup (99g)130mg
Blue Bunny – Banana Split2/3 cup (96g)55mg
Breyers – Mint Chocolate Chip2/3 cup (88g)55mg
Edy’s – Original Rocky Road2/3 cup (86g)70mg
Great Value – Cookies & Cream2/3 cup (89g)110mg
Haagen-Dazs – Caramel Cone2/3 cup (135g)170mg
Homemade Brand – Natural Strawberry2/3 cup (110g)55mg
Kemps – Decadent Chocolate2/3 cup (93g)65mg
Kroger – Southern Style Butter Pecan Crunch2/3 cup (87g)150mg
Mayfield – Moose Tracks2/3 cup (87g)90mg
Publix – Neapolitan 2/3 cup (95g)45mg
Purple Cow – Scooperman2/3 cup (88g)50mg
Straus Family Creamery Organic – Vanilla Bean2/3 cup (110g)35mg
Tillamook – Peaches & Cream2/3 cup (95g)45mg