Sugar-free/low-carb icecream for diabetics?
- Kajikit Jun 4, 2012 10:12 AM
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?
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.
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.
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: http://www.turtlemountain.com/product... I like the toasted almond chip and chocolate the best. Not so much the others.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Rich vanilla with a tropical undertone
(Click here to see all of our ingredients)
•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 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%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2%
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 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%
• Vitamin A0%• Vitamin C0%• Calcium0%• Iron6%
** Comprised of 65% medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs)
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.
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.