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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?

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  1. mcf RE: Kajikit Jun 4, 2012 02:31 PM

    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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      goodhealthgourmet RE: mcf Jun 5, 2012 04:13 PM

      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.

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        mcf RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 5, 2012 05:19 PM

        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.

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: mcf Jun 6, 2012 07:37 AM

          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! ;)

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            mcf RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 6, 2012 08:07 AM

            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.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: mcf Jun 7, 2012 11:05 AM

              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.

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                mcf RE: goodhealthgourmet Jun 7, 2012 01:06 PM

                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.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: mcf Jun 7, 2012 05:17 PM

                  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.

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                    johnseberg RE: goodhealthgourmet May 7, 2014 01:21 PM

                    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.

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      treb RE: Kajikit Jun 5, 2012 06:28 AM

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

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        mcf RE: treb Jun 5, 2012 06:40 AM

        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.

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          jujuthomas RE: mcf Jun 7, 2012 07:09 AM

          + 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.

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        alc RE: Kajikit Jun 5, 2012 06:56 PM

        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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          mcf RE: alc Jun 6, 2012 05:58 AM

          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)

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          FrankJBN RE: Kajikit Jun 7, 2012 01:43 PM

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

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            masha RE: FrankJBN Jun 7, 2012 02:15 PM

            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.

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              Val RE: masha Jun 12, 2012 09:30 AM

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

            2. re: FrankJBN
              Kajikit RE: FrankJBN Jun 7, 2012 03:05 PM

              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.

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                mcf RE: Kajikit Jun 7, 2012 03:35 PM

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

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              sophiejj RE: Kajikit Jun 9, 2012 08:42 PM

              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.

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                jon44 RE: Kajikit Jun 11, 2012 11:49 AM

                Making your own frozen (greek) yogurt is incredibly easy and taste very very good. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to use Stevia to sweeten a batch (in which case, it'd be very low carb, as Greek Yogurt is low to begin with).

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                  mcf RE: jon44 Jun 11, 2012 12:17 PM

                  All yogurt is low carb, the longer it ferments the lower it is due to conversion of lactose to lactic acid.

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                    GreenDragon RE: mcf Jun 12, 2012 12:49 PM

                    Most one-serving tubs of yogurt (the regular kind, not high fiber) are about 20-26 carbs. I know - I'm low carb and I LOVE yogurt. It's one of my childhood comfort foods. The Greek Yogurts, while double the protein, are still rather high in carbs - 15-20, depending on flavor. There are high fiber yogurts (the fiber grams don't affect blood sugar) with 8 net carbs. Kroger's also has a brand of CarbMaster Yogurt. I'm trying the different flavors. Most have a nasty chemical after taste, but the Blackberry and the Banana Creme aren't too terrible. For 3 net carbs, I'm willing to try others.

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                      mcf RE: GreenDragon Jun 13, 2012 07:23 AM

                      They're labeled with the lactose in the milk portion, but if tested, you'd find that most of the lactose is not present. I am able to test that fact, with unsweetened, unflavored yogurt when I test my blood glucose after eating it. So the actual carb content is much lower than what the label says, unless there are additives. I always buy the oldest yogurt I can find on the shelf, with fat, never non fat, and keep it for weeks or months so that all the lactose/sugar is completely gone by the time I eat it. Never a bump on my bg meter.

                      I don't deduct fiber carbs, since about half of fiber is digested and over years I've found that even carbs supposedly all from fiber have caused some blips on my meter results.

                      I never buy yogurts with anything in it, too sweet.

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                  bwledbetter1 RE: Kajikit May 7, 2014 10:22 AM

                  I recently purchased from Kroger a Briar's Butter Pecan that is very good and a Salty Caramel that is so yummy!! Both say" Sugar Free" but the package states 2g sugar.
                  I am on a quest to find ice cream with 0 sugar!

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                    mcf RE: bwledbetter1 May 7, 2014 11:39 AM

                    You can't, you can only find "no sugar added" ice cream, because dairy has sugar in it, lactose, that's part of the total sugar count.

                    Non dairy frozen desserts might be a better bet, as long as they don't have fruit added, for instance.

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