If you’re diabetic, then it’s important to know that ice cream isn’t completely off the menu for you. There are definitely some good diabetic ice cream options for you to choose from! Here, we’ll have a look through some of the best ice cream for diabetics that you can find.
The main thing that you need to consider when you’re looking for a diabetic ice cream is the sugar content, though there’s more to it than that. You certainly need to consider the fat content and overall calories in your dessert too.
Finding a suitable ice cream for diabetes is pretty simple; you need to look for ice creams that don’t have any added sugars primarily. Secondly, look for ice creams that are relatively low in calories. You can also make the ice cream yourself in a machine or ice cream maker.
Lets have a look at some of the best options that you can find if you are looking for a diabetic ice cream that’s suitable to eat.
What is the best ice cream for diabetics?
Enlightened Ice Cream
Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 3g (Vanilla)
Although I’m not the biggest fan of the taste of Enlightened ice cream, I’ve definitely got to admit that it’s one of the healthiest options out there. Whether you’re a diabetic or not, Enlightened is a good choice if you’re looking to keep the calories and sugars low.
They have a pretty wide variety of quirky flavors, which makes them an ideal choice for diabetics who are fed up of having to dine on vanilla ice cream. Not that I have anything against vanilla ice cream – but sometimes you just need a change of pace. I listed their vanilla ice cream as it’s the lowest in sugar, but their other flavors aren’t many more grams in sugar than this.
Arctic Zero Ice Cream
Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 7g (Vanilla Maple)
Another brand that produce some quirky options for us is Arctic Zero. The brand is generally directed at fitness and health enthusiasts, making them perfect for those os us who are looking to cut down on the sugar.
Arctic Zero have the widest variety of different options for their customers, with the regular brand being lower fat than regular ice cream. Personally I prefer the lactose free option, as it has a slightly different texture than using regular milk.
Halo Top Ice Cream
Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 6g (Vanilla Bean)
Probably the best known ice cream on the list, Halo Top has really gone global in recent years with their brand. They’re a great option if you’re looking to cut calories and more importantly for us, to cut sugar out too.
Since Halo top were only founded in 2012, it’s almost incomprehensible that they’ve increased so much in popularity in such a short amount of time. They’re a prime example of why healthy ice creams are on the up – although there will always be a place for the unhealthy ones, too!
Breyers Ice Cream
Grams of Sugar per Half Cup: 4.2g (Vanilla)
Ah, ye olde faithful. Breyers are one of the safest options that you can go for if you’re looking for a delicious ice cream brand that won’t expand your waist or contains too much lactose.
Breyer’s have a wide variety of different options, but their specifically No Sugar Added section is perfect for those cutting the sugar out as much as possible.
Things you can do to combat the sugar spike
It’s common knowledge that for diabetics, you need to try and combat the sugar spike in some way. When glucose builds up in your bloodstream, you’re at risk of this. There are a few simple preventative measures that you can take to help combat the sugar spike that you’re likely going to experience when eating ice cream.
Take a walk post ice cream
So, there are 4 of the best ice creams for diabetics if you want a quick and easy option. Another great idea if you’re looking for a diabetic ice cream is.. to make it yourself! There are tons of great recipes and opportunities to find a delicious diabetic ice cream; here’s a couple of my favorites;
If you have diabetes, it’s important to keep your blood sugars low. Many diabetics opt to only eat ice cream on days that they have exercised extensively to help keep the blood sugars low. Whilst this isn’t a necessity, it is important to understand your own body and whether ice cream will make you ‘spike’. To combat this, it’s a great idea to take a short walk after eating your ice cream. Doing this can help to keep your blood sugars low.
No matter what food it is that you’re eating, it’s important to monitor the portion sizes of your food. This is especially true with high carbohydrates foods, so just be sure not to overdo it when eating your dessert.
It’s undoubtedly important to monitor the amount of calories that you’re consuming every day, and that doesn’t change if you’re eating ice cream. It can be difficult to know whether to opt for a high carbohydrate ice cream or a high fat ice cream; you’re likely not going to find an ice cream that has neither (you might have to look at having a yogurt, if that’s what you really want). Whilst a high fat ice cream may seem like a good option if you’re trying to minimize the amount of sugars you’re getting, this of course has it’s own issues. We want to limit the amount of sugars we’re getting in our diet, but the likelihood is that you won’t be able to eradicate them completely, especially if you like to eat ice cream!
By combining a low sugar ice cream with the methods above, you should have all you need to help avoid the risk of eating too much glucose. It’s strange; some diabetic friends can’t really eat ice cream at all, whilst others can and won’t notice the difference – it all depends on your body and how it works. Just make sure to treat your body with respect, and in turn it will take care of you, too.