Ice creams for diabetics


Can Diabetics Eat Ice Cream?

It’s getting warmer outside and pretty soon it’ll be ice cream weather. But can you still enjoy frozen desserts if you have diabetes?

Happily, the answer is yes: You can eat frozen desserts occasionally if you substitute them for other carbohydrates in your meal plan. The following tips from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) can help you choose:

  • Watch the serving size (1/2 cup). If you eat more, double or triple the nutrient information to keep your count accurate.
  • Watch the fat content, particularly the saturated fat. Light ice cream or yogurt contains about half the fat of the regular kind. And remember: Fat-free ice cream still has sugar, carbohydrates and calories.
  • A no-sugar-added frozen dessert may still contain carbohydrate, fat and calories. Sweeteners commonly used in frozen desserts include aspartame and sugar alcohols such as sorbitol.
  • Check your blood glucose after eating a frozen dessert to see how it affects you.

To help you navigate your way through calorie-carb-fat counts in desserts, check out our diet ice cream taste test and below, our frozen dessert dietary guide. (All measurements are for a 1/2 cup serving):

  • Regular ice cream
    133 calories, 16 g carbs, 7 g fat, 7 g saturated fat
  • Light ice cream
    100 calories, 14 g carbs, 4 g, fat 3 g saturated fat
  • Fat-free ice cream(Lowest in calories and fat!)
    90 calories, 20 g carbs, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat
  • No-sugar-added ice cream(Lowest in carbs!)
    100 calories, 13 g carbs, 4 g fat, 3 g saturated fat
  • Sherbet
    132 calories, 29 g carbs, 4 g fat, 3 g saturated fat
  • Sorbet (Also lowest in fat!)
    92 calories, 23 g carbs, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat

Best Ice Creams For Diabetics:
5 Questions To Ask Yourself

To help you both lower your blood sugar (glucose) and shed excess weight (which is often vital for diabetes control), the faculty at the Pritikin health resort suggest that you ask yourself the following 5 questions:


How much am I scooping out?

Turn around any container of ice cream and you’ll likely see on the Nutrition Facts label that the serving size is a half cup. A level half cup. That’s the same size as those little single-serving containers of Jello pudding or Activia yogurt. Yep, four or five bites and it’s all over.

So unless you’re being really careful (or using teeny-tiny bowls), you’re probably scooping out at least a cup, which means twice the calories, twice the artery clogging saturated fat, and twice the sugar that’s listed on the label.


Am I keeping a lid on sugar?

It’s difficult to know exactly how much added sugar a serving of ice cream contains because the number you see for grams of sugar on the Nutrition Facts label includes added sugars as well as the naturally-occurring (and Pritikin-friendly) sugars from the milk and fruit ingredients.

100 calories

Suffice it to say that if you’re sticking with fat-free ice creams and frozen yogurts that have 100 calories or fewer per serving, you’re probably not getting more than 3 teaspoons of added sugar, point out the Pritikin dietitians in their nutrition workshops at the health resort.

But keep in mind that 3 teaspoons of added, refined sugar is still a lot, particularly if you’re concerned about your blood glucose and triglyceride levels, not to mention your waistline.

The doctors and dietitians at Pritikin are far from alone in their concerns about added sugars. The American Heart Association now recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar (for women) or 9 teaspoons (for men) for the entire day.

The problem is, it’s really tough, if not impossible, to find ice creams that are both fat-free and sugar-free. And with sugar-free ice creams, you’re often getting a fair amount of fat, especially heart-damaging saturated fat. So the better choice, usually, is fat-free ice creams and frozen yogurts that keep calorie count (and therefore added sugars) relatively low.


Do I have time for a little walk after dessert?

Every evening after dinner and dessert, guests at Pritikin who have diabetes go out for a 20-minute leisurely walk on Pritikin’s 650 acres of lush tropical gardens and golf courses.

“We find that these after-dinner walks do a great job of helping keep blood sugar levels low the following morning,” notes Pritikin’s Director of Exercise Jamie Costello, MSC. “Our guests are amazed at the difference in their morning blood values when they’ve walked the night before versus when they haven’t.

“And the really good news is that it doesn’t have to be a full-blown, high-intensity workout, like the type of workouts we have in our fitness program during the day. Just a nice, moderately-paced walk after dinner, and for just a few minutes, can have wonderful results for your blood sugar levels the following morning.”


What am I really hungry for?

Always ask yourself: “Am I hungry for dessert? Or am I simply hungry for some kind of reward at day’s end?”

Seek out zero-calorie joys like a stroll at sunset, a really good movie, a massage, an evening swim, a game of golf at twilight, or time with a great friend, recommends psychologist Dr. Coral Arvon in behavior change counseling at Pritikin.


What’s most important to me?

Always ask yourself, too: “What’s most important to me and my life? Is it a few minutes of a food indulgence? Or years and years of healthy, vital living? Having the energy and good health to be able to do all the things I want to do?”

As our guests at Pritikin often say: Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. Ice cream – or any food treat, for that matter – pales by comparison to the results they’re seeing and feeling at Pritikin.


They are scientifically documented results. In studies published in peer-reviewed journals over the past several decades by scientists at UCLA and other leading universities, the Pritikin Program of diet and exercise has been found to be profoundly beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Here are research highlights:

One study1 found that among 243 people in the early stages of diabetes (not yet on medications), their fasting glucose fell on average from 160 to 124 within three weeks of coming to Pritikin. Research has also found that the Pritikin Program reduced fasting insulin by 25 to 40%2.

Top Food Tips

Our doctors and dietitians teach these Food Tips For People with Diabetes

Diabetes Retreat

Take action during this special program. Diabetes Retreats at Pritikin

An analysis of 864 type 2 diabetics documented that fasting glucose fell on average 19% within three weeks of beginning the Pritikin Program. Of those on oral drugs, the majority left the Pritikin Center free of these drugs or with their dosages significantly reduced.3

Better and Best Ice Creams For Diabetics

Still craving a little ice cream every now and then? Okay! Here are tips for better and best ice creams for diabetics.

Better Ice Creams For Diabetics

Below are better choices in markets today in terms of calorie, saturated fat, and sugar content. We call them “better choices” – not “best” choices – because if you’re trying to lose weight and lower blood sugar, “you’ve really got to stick to the half-cup serving size,” points out Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition at Pritikin. “The other problem is that the pint or half-gallon container is sitting in the freezer, calling out to you to scoop out more.”

“Know yourself,” advises Kimberly. “If you can stop at a half-cup, the following choices are probably fine. But if you can’t, these store-bought products can stop weight loss and blood sugar control in their tracks, and may even promote weight gain and diabetes.”

Breyer’s® Deliciously Rich & Creamy, Fat Free

  • Creamy Vanilla
  • Chocolate
Nutrition Information (per half-cup serving):

Calories: 90
Saturated Fat: 0g
Added Sugars: 2 teaspoons

Lifeway® Frozen Kefir

  • Original
  • Pomegranate
  • Strawberry
  • Mango

Calories: 90
Saturated Fat: 0g
Added Sugars: 2.5 teaspoons

Stonyfield® Organic Nonfat Frozen Yogurt

  • Gotta Have Vanilla
  • Gotta Have Java
  • After Dark Chocolate

Calories: 100
Saturated Fat: 0g
Added Sugars: 3 teaspoons

Best Ice Creams For Diabetics

Best choices for weight loss, diabetes control, and good health are all-fruit frozen desserts that you can whip up with high-speed blenders like Vitamix, Blendtec, or Yonanas.

Another best choice are all-fruit, no-sugar-added popsicles like:

Dreyer’s® or Edy’s® Outshine No-Sugar-Added Fruit Bars

  • Black Cherry
  • Strawberry-Kiwi
  • Mixed Berry
  • Strawberry
  • Tangerine
  • Raspberry
Nutrition Information (per popsicle):

Calories: 25 to 30
Saturated Fat: 0g
Added Sugars: 0g

More Best Choices

Among best ice creams for diabetics are three recipes for icy cold delights that our award-winning chefs teach in cooking classes at the Pritikin Longevity Center. Each is full of fantastic flavor and nutrition, and they’re surprisingly easy to make.

Banana Ricotta Ice Cream

Bananas, ricotta, orange zest, nutmeg, vanilla… Yum! Get the recipe “

Very, Very Berry Ice Cream

A blissful blast of icy, fruity creaminess. Get the recipe “

Banana Blueberry Ripple Ice Cream

Just 3 ingredients, but loads of cold, refreshing fun. Get the recipe “

Here’s another best choice that delivers cold, creamy crunch. And it’s super simple:

Shaved Ice, Yogurt, and Fresh Berries

Spoon out about ¾ cup of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt into a dessert bowl. Swirl in a packet of Splenda and a handful of fresh berries. To make shaved ice, drop 6 or 7 ice cubes into a food processor and pulse until ice is flaky but not slushy (about 45 seconds). Fold shaved ice into yogurt and berries. Refreshing and so fast and easy!

Diabetic Food & Exercise Myths

If you have diabetes, you may think you have to eat a bland, boring diet. Not so! Learn how simple and doable improving your blood sugar can be. Watch the Food, Fitness, and Diabetes Video

Author, Eugenia Killoran


1 Diabetes Care, 1994; 17: 1469.
2 American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2012; 303: E542.
3 Journal of Applied Physiology, 2005; 98: 3.

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Revisiting Ice Cream and Diabetes

In case you didn’t get the memo: Yes, those of us with diabetes CAN eat ice cream.

Even though some outside the diabetes community don’t think so, and they try to convince us we can’t or shouldn’t, the fact remains that an ice cream sundae or vanilla waffle cone every once in a while isn’t going to kill us. It’s not the cause of any type of diabetes, either, and we’re not promoting unhealthy eating by enjoying some ice cream on a special occasion.

That was the message last summer, when the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) lit up in response to an Indianapolis newspaper columnist’s published rant that diabetics can’t or shouldn’t eat ice cream — and that any organization using ice cream to raise money to send children with diabetes to camp has sold its soul to the devil.

Yes, he actually wrote that. And we in the DOC responded. Loudly. Far and wide. (The newspaper has since removed the article – !)

And there was ice cream.

Now a year later, we’re again sending the message that ice cream is OK. But more importantly, the message is that myths, stereotypes and misinformation about diabetes really hurt. They hurt fundraising, the general public’s awareness, and the emotions of kids who are made to feel different and that they “can’t do this” simply because of their diabetes.

The Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana (DYFI) is hosting its 23rd annual Ice Cream On the Circle event July 13 in downtown Indianapolis, sponsored for the second year by the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Last year, more than a thousand people floated in and we raised $6,400 to help send children and teens with diabetes to our D-camp, called Camp Until a Cure. And it also helped raise some great awareness for the broader diabetes community, conveniently right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month.

Yep, this year there will be $3 gigantic sundaes drizzled with chocolate, strawberry, caramel and butterscotch syrups and a variety of topping choices, including some sugar-free options! My wife and I will be volunteering to help serve sundaes, along with about 30 “celebrity scoopers” that include local media personalities, sports notables, and business dignitaries. There will also be face painters, mascots, interactive games, displays, music, the Indiana Pacers Fan Van, and real live cows, Molly and her calves from Purdue Dairy Sciences.

I’m very proud of this organization, and that’s why (disclosure) I’ve been a board member for the past two years.

Sure, this DYFI event is a fundraiser to help send type 1 kids to D-Camp. But it’s bigger than that; it’s also about raising general diabetes awareness for everyone.

With all the buzz last year in response to this event, the DYFI has decided to take this “ice cream awareness” to the next level.

(Note that after my posts last year about the ice cream social, the highest-ranking search phrase that still brings people to my personal blog regularly is some variation of, “Can diabetics eat ice cream?” My answer, if it isn’t already obvious: YES, you CAN!)

The DYFI is planning to expand the reach of our event’s success and use this ice cream social to target misconceptions and misinformation, especially in the press and media. We’re working to place articles about diabetes in local newspapers ahead of time, and we’ll have at least one PWD on site all morning and afternoon to talk with media about diabetes. Plus, fellow D-Blogger and advocate Kelly Kunik offered a suggestion about having a “diabetes cheat sheet” on site for people to grab and the scoopers will be dishing out some phrases at the booths: “Yes, we CAN eat ice cream!”, “Check your blood sugar, count your carbs and enjoy some ice cream!”, and “Diabetes Myth: Sugar and ice cream don’t cause diabetes!”

But, there’s more — and it involves the DOC!! The DYFI’s executive director Jenna Holt, a fellow type 1 herself, created an online ice cream social event to coincide with the actual event happening in Indy. Basically, people can sign up on the Facebook page for this Ice Cream Social to Support Diabetes and participate that same day, by eating ice cream and then taking a picture and posting it to the page! It’s open for everyone, anywhere, in hopes of raising awareness about PWDs being able to eat ice cream (and have normal lives).

Does this sound familiar? It should.

Last summer, in response to all the media misinformation and buzz coming out of the DYFI event, our type 2 friend Lizmari Collazo (who has since started blogging at The Angry Type 2 Diabetic) created an online ice cream social in August. More than 2,400 people joined in and helped spread word about it. And she’s been planning to do it again this summer, on Aug. 4 — which is awesome, because it’s yet another chance to raise awareness! And with record heat in many places around the country, ice cream will probably be in even greater demand!

Lizmari says she doesn’t have a specific theme in mind, but she’s thinking of something along the lines of freedom, thriving with diabetes, and ‘Yes, I can eat that.’ Basically, embracing life, with diabetes…

“We can still enjoy every day things, in moderation… and it’s a choice we make, versus a rule to break,” she says. “I really want to focus more on this, to help build awareness in people’s minds — even some scared diabetics’ minds — that we are not under dietary lock and key, all the time.”

The DYFI ice cream social and Lizmari’s aren’t specifically linked, except that we’re all part of the same Diabetes Community doing advocacy work. These ice cream socials are just two events aimed at raising awareness about diabetes and fighting misconceptions, and it’s exciting to join with others who are doing the same! That’s what this is all about: using our collective voices to hit these issues where they’re needed.

So, I know at least once this summer I’ll be grabbing a spoon and enjoying a sundae. I hope you’ll join me (get ready to dose!). Head on over to the Ice Cream Social pages online and sign up – the DYFI’s Ice Cream To Support Diabetes on Friday and Lizmari’s Second Annual Ice Cream Social on Aug. 4. Then just plan on enjoying your favorite cone or dish and sharing the experience with everyone! Hopefully, we can again spread the word that when it comes to people with diabetes eating ice cream…

Yes, we CAN. And we will!

Is it true that I can’t eat sweets and chocolate anymore now that I have diabetes?

No, you can still have sweets and chocolate. Talk to your nurse or dietitian about what you like. Together you can work out the best time to eat them and whether you need to have a bit more insulin when you eat them. Remember, all children – those with diabetes and those without diabetes – should not have too many sweets and chocolates. They aren’t good for your teeth.

You can still have treats but be careful about when you eat them because all sweet things will push your blood glucose levels up. For example, if you’re already a bit high, eating a piece of cake may make you go too high.

It’s a good idea for you and your mum and dad to keep a record of how different foods affect your blood glucose levels – this will help you all learn more about your diabetes.

Diabetes doesn’t stop me eating anything. Like everyone else, I can have sweet things and foods that aren’t very good for me sometimes as a treat.

Don’t eat ‘diabetic’ sweets or chocolates. They aren’t any better for you than normal sweets or chocolate, they cost a lot of money and they can upset your tummy.


  • You can still eat sweets, chocolate, ice cream, and cakes when you have diabetes – but it’s best to keep them for treats like everyone else should.
  • Don’t eat ‘diabetic’ versions of food – have the normal versions instead.

Can Diabetics Eat Ice Cream? Yes OR No!

Do you love ice creams and cannot resist rushing to the parlors at least once a week? Then you must maintain a good diet chart if you want to stay slim and fit. But what will happen if you are diagnosed with diabetes? Will you have to stop even looking at ice creams? Well, the answer is NO, but there are certain restrictions.

Actually a vanilla ice cream or a cone once a while is not the cause of diabetes. It is caused due to various other reasons and it is for you to find out which foods and what situations increase your sugar levels and then keep check on them. Previously ice creams contained a lot of fats and were made from full cream and sugar and other flavors. But now, since everybody has become health conscious and are eager to stay slim and strong, the different brands are offering delicious ice creams that are low in calories and also use sugar substitutes in place of sugar thus making the dessert diabetes friendly as well as heart healthy.

How can you enjoy ice cream sometimes while keeping the blood sugar level unaffected?

Diabetics always need to be a bit alert about whatever food they take and the time is also of vital importance. So what you should do is:

  • Read the labels of the ice cream tubs or cups.
  • Know the ingredients that have been used in the dessert.
  • Which type of sugar has been added is of utmost importance.
  • If it contains cellulose fibers or carrageen which slows down the absorption rate.
  • Know your capacity to digest the fat.
  • The type of sweetener other than sugar that is used in the ice cream matters a lot.

So being a diabetic you have to set your own plans if you cannot stay away from ice creams. Follow the given rules to stay healthy and fit while enjoying your ice creams.

First, go for a blood test and ascertain your blood glucose level.

Second, the day you wish to have ice cream, reduce the intake of other carbohydrates in your meal and see the effects after 6 hours. This will enable you to decide what amount and which brand of ice cream is safe for you. Once you know how to make ice cream a part of your meal plan, you can enjoy it freely.

Nutritional Guidelines per 1/2 cup of ice cream:

– 150 calories or less

– 5 gms total fat or less

– 3 gms saturated fat or less

– 0 trans fat

– 20 grams of carbs or (1 carb choice)

– 100 mg of sodium or less

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Eating out with diabetes

Whether you’re grabbing lunch on the go, enjoying a Friday night takeaway or celebrating a special occasion at a restaurant, it’s great to eat a meal that you haven’t cooked yourself – and diabetes is no barrier to that. With a little knowledge, you can enjoy eating out as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

In this section

  • Lunch
  • Healthy snacks and sneaky smoothies
  • Takeaways
  • It’s party time!
  • The restaurant
  • Insulin and eating out

This information could help you make healthier choices when you are out and about.


  • Switch meal deals that include full fat crisps or sugary drinks for healthier options like fruit and bottled water.
  • Watch those ‘super-sized’ triple-decker sandwiches – they can contain as many as 700Kcal, which is around a third of your recommended daily intake.
  • Go for filling and healthy pre-packed salads with lean protein, and seeds.
  • Go for sandwiches made with wholegrain bread or wraps with lean ham, chicken, turkey or fish, and salad with low-fat mayonnaise or yogurt dressing.

Healthy snacks and sneaky smoothies

  • Vegetable crudités and fruit can help you meet your five-a-day target.
  • Low-fat yogurts are a good choice for kids, as they are an easy way to add bone-strengthening calcium.
  • Go for oven-baked or lower-fat crisps, or even air-popped, sugar- and salt-free popcorn.
  • A handful of nuts or a packet of raisins or other dried fruit is a great snack at break time.
  • Choose fruit loaf, crumpets or teacake instead of ‘skinny’ muffins, flapjack and ‘healthy’ cake bars, which can pack in more calories than a chocolate bar.
  • Check the label on juice drinks and smoothies – smoothies are often high in calories, not to mention fat and sugar, and many juice drinks contain added sugar.


Fish and chips

  • Order a smaller portion or remove the batter.
  • Go for thick-cut chips – the thicker the chip the less fat it absorbs during cooking.

Burger and chips

  • Try the lean or veggie option, and leave out the cheese and mayonnaise.
  • Or, go ‘bun-less’ to cut the calories and order more salad – but watch the dressing.
  • You can ask for extra lettuce or gherkins, too.


  • Choose portion sizes and toppings carefully.
  • Thin bases, sharing a pizza with a friend and filling up on extra side salad can help cut back on fat and calories.


  • Go for tandoori and tikka options as these are baked and lower in fat.
  • Dhal is rich in fibre because of the lentils and pulses, but can still be quite oily. Try sharing a portion.
  • Choose boiled or steamed rice rather than pilau or fried rice. Fill your plate with lots of salad and yogurt, then add the rice to the remaining space on the plate. You will find there is less room for it, yet you’re still having a full plate of food.
  • Choose chapatti rather than naan bread.
  • Watch out for the extras you order, such as poppadoms and naan breads.
  • Share rich foods, such as kulfi, with a friend. Use a teaspoon, rather than a dessert spoon, so your bites are smaller and your pudding lasts longer.
  • If there is a choice of starters, think about which ones might be better for you. Soups, vegetable sticks with dips, olives, undressed salads, chicken tikka, grilled shish and seekh kebabs are generally healthier choices than spring rolls, samosas and pakoras. Naans are often very large; they’re made with low-fibre white flour and may be drenched in butter.
  • Go for roti instead, which is lower in fat and calories – but if you do choose naan bread, tear just a small piece off and place it flat on your plate rather than on top of other food.

Chinese, Thai and Malaysian

  • Go for broth-based soups, rather than spring rolls or satays.
  • Choose steamed or fragrant rice, or noodles.
  • Stir-fried vegetables are a filling and healthy side dish.

It’s party time!

Whether it’s a wedding, dinner or birthday party, food plays an important part in celebrations. If you are hosting the occasion, you can make sure there are plenty of healthy and tasty options on the table, whether it’s for adults or children.

  • Choose oven-baked crisps.
  • Substitute mayonnaise with low-fat yogurt in dressings.
  • Serve plenty of crunchy vegetables and an exotic fruit salad.
  • Cut smaller slices of birthday cake.
  • Pack party bags with a small toy or a colouring book, rather than sweets.
  • If the occasion is a buffet, look at what’s on offer before you choose. Then, make one trip, filling your plate with healthy options, before heading back for dessert.
  • If it’s a cocktail party, with only nibbles, make sure you eat a small meal before you go.
  • If you have a child with diabetes and they are invited to a friend’s house, make sure that the parents know what to do if your child needs insulin or has a hypo, and what they can eat.
  • If you are confident with counting carbs, either for yourself or your child, and adjusting your insulin dose, it may be possible to change the amount injected to fit with the food eaten. To make it easier to estimate the amount of carbohydrate you or your child is eating, try the Carbs & Cals book or app.
  • Fill yourself up with those foods you know are lower in calories, such as fresh vegetables and salads, oil-free chutneys and pickles, yogurt and fruit.
  • Keep an eye on crispy fried snacks, like crisps, Bombay mix, gathia and sev. They are fried and give you very little nutritional benefit, but can clock up the calories.

The restaurant

  • Choose a starter that is light and refreshing, such as a fragrant Thai salad. Barbecued or grilled meat or fish starters are likely to be lower in fat than richer dishes, so opt for chicken satay, tikka, mixed grills or tandoori.
  • Scan the menu for steamed or boiled dishes like steamed rice, noodles with vegetables, grilled meat and fish dishes.
  • Get into the habit of ordering extra side dishes of salad and vegetables and ask for any dressings to be served on the side. Most places are happy to do this.
  • If you choose a dessert, keep an eye on your portion size. It’s fine to enjoy a sweet treat, but it can be easy to eat too much. Try a scoop of ice cream, some fresh fruit salad, a sorbet, or – if you treat yourself to a rich pudding – share with somebody and ask your waiter or waitress for two bowls and spoons.
  • If you can, plan a brisk walk before or after the meal – it will help keep your blood glucose stable and help you manage your weight.

Insulin and eating out

A change in usual routine and diet when eating out needn’t have an effect on diabetes control. It can be balanced by adjusting the amount and/or timing of insulin that you take.

Talk to your healthcare team about how to adjust your dose.

Nutritional Info

The rate of obesity and Type-II Diabetes is set to explode globally. Among Singaporeans adults, already more than 1 in 10 is diabetic and the numbers are expected to increase dramatically. The main contributing factors are a diet high in simple sugars and carbohydrates as well as a lack of exercise.

The premise behind Sugalight is that indulgences like ice cream need not be highly loaded in sugars and fats. You can enjoy low-fat and sugar-free desserts as well.

Our policy on added sugars:

Whereas we do not add in sugars to the ice cream base, some naturally occurring sugars in the flavouring material is unavoidable. These include:

  • Very Berry Drizzle (minimal sugars from the actual fruits themselves, we do not use sugar-laden jams / concentrates etc)
  • French Dark Chocolate (minimal sugar added mainly from the Dark Chocolate added, which adds less than 0.5tsp of sugar to each scoop of ice cream)
  • Durian flavour (sugars found naturally in the durian fruit)
  • Salted Gula Melaka (sugars from the Gula Melaka)

Calorie Counts for Sugalight ice creams:

We have provided the nutritional info to the best of our ability. However, it should be noted that the macro counts for Sugalight ice cream is not as straightforward as for other food products. This is due to the natural sweeteners (Xylitol and Maltitol), as well as Inulin. Whereas all 3 are technically carbohydrates (4kCal/100g), it is also known that they are not well absorbed by the body. A significant portion of the ingredients are broken down only in the large intestines to form shortchain fatty acids (prebiotic effect).

Our assumed calorie values are:

  • Xylitol 2.4kCal / 100g
  • Maltitol 2.1kCal /100g
  • Inulin 1.5kCal / 100g

These are also the values accepted and used in the US / EU.

Sugalight Base Ingredients:

Base Ingredients in Sugalight ice cream:

  • Skim Milk and Whole Milk Powder
  • Prebiotic Inulin Powder
  • Xylitol (HPB-approved natural sweetener, GI 7)
  • Maltitol (HPB-approved natural sweetener, GI 36)
  • Coconut and Sunflower oil
  • Permitted Stabilisers

Sugalight does not contain the following:

  • Artificial sweeteners (e.g: Aspartame, Sucralose – disallowed under HPB Healthier Snack Programme)
  • Natural Intense Sweeteners (e.g: Stevia – disallowed under HPB Healthier Snack Programme)
  • Trans Fats
  • Eggs
  • Added sugars (HCFC / Glucose / Maltodextrin etc)

Sugalight Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Vanilla Flavouring

Sugalight French Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Valrhona 70% Guanaja Chocolate + Dutch Cocoa Powder
Added sugar from Valrhona Chocolate: 1.2g/100g scoop

Sugalight Cappuccino Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Instant Coffee Powder + Coffee Flavour
Added sugar: Nil

Sugalight Very Berry Drizzle Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Frozen Blueberries + Frozen Strawberries + Frozen Blackcurrant
Added sugar: Approx 0.6g/100g scoop

Sugalight Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Matcha Green Tea Powder
Added sugar: Nil

Sugalight Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Coconut Milk + Coconut Powder + Flavourings
Added sugar: Approx 0.4g/100g scoop

Sugalight Salted Gula Melaka Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Gula Melaka + Sea Salt + Coconut Powder + Flavourings
Added sugar: Approx 4.2g/100g scoop
Added salt: Approx 0.32g/100g scoop

Sugalight Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ingredients: Sugalight Base ingredients + Cream Cheese + Digestive Cookies + Strawberry + Blueberry
Added sugar: Approx 1.2g/100g scoop

Diabetes: This Diabetes-Friendly, Sugar-Free Ice-Cream Is Nutritious And Super Yummy  

Diabetes Diet: Sugar-Free Ice-Cream

Come summers and we itch for scoops of cool ice-creams. The melt-in-your-mouth sweet treat oozes a fount of flavours along with cooling off the body and mind. Ice-creams become a summer diet staple to help us brave the searing climate. We can’t do without our daily dose of this icy and creamy delicacy. But, think about the plight of those who are restricted to have it! Diabetics are often asked to limit or stop the consumption of all sugary and sweetened products. Diabetes is a condition when the body doesn’t generate sufficient amount of insulin or loses its ability to respond to the insulin being produced. This leads to an unusual spike in the blood sugar level that causes the overall health to deteriorate.
While following a low-sugar diet, sweet dishes like ice-cream is a big no-no for diabetics. It is unfair that they have to miss out on the bliss of licking and gobbling the flavourful treat, which not only heightens the senses but also makes us forget about the torrid weather, even if for some time. So, we dug out an amazing recipe of a delicious ice-cream, which is made of nutritious foods and wait for it – is sugar-free!

Strawberry-Banana Yogurt Ice-Cream Recipe –

Ingredients –
6 plastic glasses
6 strawberries
10 bananas
1 tablespoons mixed seeds (pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds are excellent for lowering blood sugar level)
1 tablespoon walnuts
5 cups low-fat yogurt
6 teaspoons honey
6 wooden ice-cream sticks

(Also Read: 5 Best Diabetes Dessert Recipes)

Strawberry and banana ice-cream

Method –
Step 1 – Grind the fruits, seeds and walnuts together in a blender with some water till they break down into small pieces but not completely dissolved.
Step 2 – Fill up each glass half-way with yogurt, 1 teaspoon honey, and top up the glass with the fruits and seeds mixture.
Step 3 – Mix it all together thoroughly and cover the glass with a thick foil paper.
Step 4 – Insert the ice-cream stick by tearing through the foil paper and stick it inside the ice-cream mixture.
Step 5 – Put the glasses in the freezer and wait till they freeze.
Tip: You can also use store-bought ice-cream containers that come with a lid and a stick.

(Also Read: 5 Desi Diabetes-Friendly Foods)
For diabetics, following a healthy diet is the key. They are supposed to avoid refined flours, processed foods, sugar and have more fibre-rich, nutritious foods. This recipe of Strawberry-Banana Ice-Cream, teeming with nutritive fruits, seeds and nuts makes for a healthy meal. A dash of honey and no extra sugar adds to the natural sweetness of bananas and whets the sugar craving of the diabetics.

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Diabetes and Ice Cream: Yes, We Can!

We’re in the hottest time of summer now, when many of us have nice cold ice cream on the mind. July also happens to be National Ice Cream Month AND we the third Sunday of each month marks National Ice Cream Day, so what a totally perfect time to revisit the topic of ice cream and diabetes — and the universal questions it brings.

Can People with Diabetes Eat Ice Cream?

The other day, after a casual dinner at home, my wife and I went out for ice cream.

We’d opted to leave the air-conditioned safety of our home on this 90+ degree day, to head for an ice cream parlor that’s just a short stroll from our house.

As we stood there pondering the particular ice cream creations that sounded best, I glanced at my Dexcom CGM to see where my blood sugar happened to be and what that would mean for my carb counting and insulin dosing. Seeing a 97 mg/dL on my receiver, I smiled and rattled off the number to my wife who had already moved toward the counter to tell the clerk her decision. I rarely deviate from choosing either a plain scoop of vanilla, or an ‘unfancy’ single-scoop hot fudge sundae.

But in this moment, I decided to go with a single scoop of rocky road, full of chocolatey goodness and riddled with marshmallows and nuts. I was treating myself, after all.

A woman nearby had apparently overheard the first part of our conversation and realized I was talking about diabetes. She shot me a look before saying, “You can’t eat that!”

Without more than a second’s hesitation, I shot back a quick, decisive response: “Yes, I can!”

That started a back and forth that I would have preferred to avoid, about how this woman was nosing in on a private matter that didn’t concern her — one that she also had no personal insight into and no context as to who I was or how I was managing my diabetes and this particular food choice.

It wasn’t any of her business in the first place of course, but still she insisted that she knows a lot about diabetes and what PWDs can or cannot eat, since she has family members who happen to live with it.


We in the Diabetes Community know this type of person well. They’re referred to as the Diabetes Police, who think they know best and can’t resist interjecting themselves into the middle of our D-decision-making no matter what the situation.

Of course, sweeter treats like ice cream are prime targets for the D-Police.

So, can we? Is ice cream taboo, or is it OK for the pancreatically-challenged to enjoy?

This is an age-old question and the debate gets even more heated (!) during these warmer summer months. We’ve covered this issue at the ‘Mine before, as have others in the DOC:

  • Longtime type 1 Rick Phillips recently wrote how ice cream saved him during a low blood sugar situation
  • Can Diabetics Eat Ice Cream? was the question posed by Lifescript
  • DiabeticConnect reacted to a “desperate man’s” question about ice cream
  • Jess Apple at A Sweet Life shared some personal opinions on ice cream and related advocacy

Of course, there was the big Diabetes and Ice Cream Debate of 2011, and the whole brouhaha happened in my neck of the woods. Our DOC blogging friend Kelly Kunik over at Diabetesaliciousness was one of the first to raise the alarm.

The issue then was a newspaper columnist in Central Indiana who hammered a local diabetes organization that runs a camp for kids with type 1. This self-described health nut and TV chef criticized the Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana for holding a summertime ice cream social to raise money for kids to attend camp. As a result, the DOC took to arms to school him and point out that really, he didn’t know what he was talking about.

That led to a virtual Diabetic Ice Cream Social on Facebook created by type 2 advocate Lizmari Collazo, which began in Summer 2011 and continued for a few years. Her focus: showing the D-Community and general public that PWDs CAN eat ice cream if we want.

“We can still enjoy every day things, in moderation… and it’s a choice we make, versus a rule to break,” she said. “I really want to help build awareness in people’s minds — even some scared diabetics’ minds — that we are not under dietary lock and key, all the time.”

That online social continued for four years before fading away. Yet, even though the ice cream awareness and advocacy have melted away to some extent, it never truly disappears — as witnessed by the woman in my neighborhood critizing me for ordering a scoop.

What people like her need to understand is that food choices are important, whether you have diabetes or not. Everyone has to make individual choices and manage them well.

I made the decision that day to enjoy rocky road, knowing I had my super-fast Afrezza inhaled insulin on hand so I could savor this treat without seeing much of a spike in blood sugars. That’s a double treat right there!

Best Kind of Ice Cream for Diabetes?

OK, so is there a best kind of ice cream for diabetics? What about those heavily-marketed “no sugar added” varieties?

Personally, as a type 1, I find it best to look at the carb count and nutritional information on any ice cream — whether it’s labeled “diabetic friendly” or not — and manage my dosing accordingly.

Many of us find that sugar-free ice creams upset our stomachs thanks to the sugar alcohols and sucralose. Plus, we know all too well that “sugar free” doesn’t mean “carb free” — you’re still ingesting milk and other carbs that raise blood sugar. In most cases, eating a moderate portion of real ice cream is a better way to go.

Bottom line for those of us with any type of diabetes (type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes):

Of course, we can eat ice cream. Just like we can eat bread, macaroni and cheese, or watermelon. Whether we choose to, and how we manage to keep tabs on our blood sugar levels, is a personal approach that varies for everyone.

But rest assured that enjoying a single scoop of ice cream on a hot summer evening isn’t going to hurt me. And it’s not a crime against society. It might be a different story if it were a nightly occurrence, if I were downing an entire tub, or even if I were indulging in this kind of treat with already-sky-high blood sugars.

What I’m trying to say is that having diabetes doesn’t mean treats are always off-limits, as long as we’re mindful of what effect it has on our bodies.

Am I right, rocky road fans?

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