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Jun 4, 2012 10:12 AM

Sugar-free/low-carb icecream for diabetics?

DH has requested icecream... so I bought a few brands to try, and they all taste very different. Publix sugar-free vanilla was very disappointing (strong chemical flavour) and Edys sugar-free chocolate was delicious. Have you tried any, and which do you find the best tasting?

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  1. Edy's is good, and some flavors are just as low carb in the regular sugar ones, like mint chip, with better taste. Blue Bunny makes decent reduced fat no sugar added ice cream. In our house, the favorites are no SoLicious coconut milk ice creams no sugar added flavors, which are loaded with fiber but not at all gummy.

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    1. re: mcf

      the favorites are no SoLicious coconut milk ice creams no sugar added flavors
      just to clarify in case the OP wants to find them, i assume this was supposed to be the "So Delicious" brand?

      i never knew they offered a no-sugar-added option, i've only ever seen the agave-sweetened flavors.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thanks for catching my error... So Delicious is right, and they have erythritol sweetened stuff that's no sugar added, has a lot of gums added, but is not gummy at all. 10 gms of fiber per serving. The flavors with the aqua colored lids/packaging are nsa: I like the toasted almond chip and chocolate the best. Not so much the others.

        1. re: mcf

          i get stomach cramps just reading the ingredients in the NSA flavors. all those gums plus the inulin *and* glycerine would KILL me. so, more for you! ;)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            If you don't like them on principle, that's one thing, but you may be missing the point of there being so many; it typically prevents any of the ill effects of any one or the whole mixture. I cannot, for example, use Sweet Perfection nor eat sunchokes at all without dire effects, or erythyritol without awful cooling mouth effect, but no problem with this mixture.

            I pretty much avoid sweets and sweeteners as a rule, but I have no issue with added fiber from natural gums as long as the product isn't gummy in my mouth. I prefer to use gums vs. starches for thickening when I need it (rarely). I use sugar alcohols when I make sweets, too, blended with other stuff.

            I've read and always found that blending a variety of sweeteners is a way to avoid the off tastes and ill effects one might have to a particular one, so that may be what they were going for here and it really works for me. Considering what's in it, it's surprisingly good with no off taste or texture.

            1. re: mcf

              i do avoid them on principle these days, but i couldn't eat them even if i wanted to. with my fructose malabsorption i need to avoid inulin like the plague, and vegetable glycerin & gums give me horrible cramps no matter what else is in the mix.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I didn't realize there was a connection between those two! Both Tom and I have an AWFUL reaction to inulin in sunchokes or when used alone for sweetening, but not in combination with others. Too bad about the gums and glycerine. :-/

                To me, keeping sweets a rare treat frees me from worrying on principle about the fact that they're not real, whole foods... a small bottle of sweetzfree lasts me a few years, frex.

                1. re: mcf

                  I didn't realize there was a connection between those two!
                  indeed there is. inulin contains the same type of fructan (a fructose polymer) found in alliums, artichoke, wheat, & fruit like bananas, watermelon, nectarines, white peaches...i can tolerate artichoke, garlic & onions in moderation, but inulin is a huge no-no for me, and i can't have more than an ounce or two of the fruits. boo.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I was eating the So Delicious Coconut Milk No Sugar Added and really loving the taste, but, it fermented in my colon like nothing I had ever eaten. The fact that I always ate the whole pint by myself may have had something to do with it.

    2. May want to find SF frozen yogurt, most carton sugar free ice creams have a rubbery texture.

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      1. re: treb

        There's no such thing as sugar free, as lactose is a fast acting sugar. Edy's is not rubbery at all, nor is the coconut milk one I mentioned. The only one that's disgustingly gummy is Clemmy's. And Arctic Zero is just horrid in every way.

        1. re: mcf

          + 1 on the absolute gross-ness of Arctic Zero. We got a couple pints (on a recommendation from an apparently crazy person <grin>) and ended up tossing them. nasty, nasty stuff.

          unfortunately I don't have a good recommendation for the OP. sry.

      2. I am very fond of the Coconut Bliss line, made with Coconut Milk and sweetened with Agave. Here is the nutritional info from their website for the vanilla flavor:

        Vanilla Island
        Rich vanilla with a tropical undertone

        (Click here to see all of our ingredients)
        Ingredient List:
        •Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Guar Gum)
        •Organic Agave Syrup
        •Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Extract
        •Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Beans
        Nutritional Information: ▼
        Serving Size (½ cup) 95g
        Servings per Container 4

        Amount/Serving % DV

        Calories 210
        Calories from fat 130
        Total fat 14g 22%
        Saturated fat 13g 63%
        Trans fat 0g
        Cholesterol 0g 0%
        Sodium 10mg 0%
        Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
        Dietary fiber 2g 10%
        Sugars 12g
        Protein 2g

        Vitamin A 0%
        Vitamin C 2%
        Calcium 0%

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        1. re: alc

          It's VERY good, but generally way too high in carbs for diabetics, and about double the calories of the others. Plus, agave has some unfortunate metabolic properties. For comparison, calorie, carb and fiber wise:

          Serving Size 1/2 Cup (85g)
          Amount Per Serving
          Calories 140
          Calories from Fat 110
          % Daily Value*
          Total Fat 13g 20%
          Saturated Fat 7g 35%
          Trans Fat 0g
          Cholesterol 0mg 0%
          Sodium 65mg 3%
          Potassium 0mg 0%
          Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
          Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
          Sugar 1g
          Protein 1g
          • Vitamin A0%• Vitamin C0%• Calcium0%• Iron6%
          ** Comprised of 65% medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs)

            1. re: Michael K

              I don't know if it's worse, but it's likely just as bad.

          1. Diabetic for 10 years. Go ahead, have some real ice cream. It won't kill you.

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            1. re: FrankJBN

              Agree. Both my husband and son are Type 1s, and they both eat the real stuff, but in moderation.

              In that regard, does your husband like Coffee Ice Cream? Breyers regular Coffee has less carbs (about 15g, if memory serves) than a lot of the "no-sugar added" products and, because it is not a "super-premium" product, is not off the chart in fat content. It is the standard brand & flavor of ice cream that we stock. Note that the carb content of most other brands of Coffee ice cream is much higher.

              1. re: masha

                FWIW, Breyer's Natural Strawberry and Vanilla have 14g carbs also...interesting...

              2. re: FrankJBN

                Alas, DH has a very bad digestive reaction to sugar when it sneaks into his diet... otherwise I'd just keep buying the 'light' icecream we always used to eat. There's very little calorie difference between the 'sugar-free' and 'light' versions. Based on our taste test we'll stick to Edys, at least until they put the Blue Bunny on sale so we can try that.

                1. re: Kajikit

                  I think Blue Bunny fudge tracks or something like that was what My family liked.

              3. there are some decent recipes for low carb ice cream that help me keep portion control down (harder to make, so less likely to over-do;)
                Erythritol and liquid stevia are my chosen mixes for low carb sweetners.