The bitter truth about sugar-free ice cream
Is sugar-free ice cream a healthier alternative?
Summer is the right time to enjoy ice creams. Though for people who love ice cream, weather doesn’t really matter. But what about people who are on a diet and love ice cream? Nobody wants to give up their favorite treat, so sugar-free ice cream may seem like the perfect solution to those ice cream cravings while on a diet.
But is sugar-free ice cream healthy? Read on to know three truths about sugar-free ice cream before you think of it as a permanent solution.
CALORIES: Having sugar-free ice cream might sound like a guilt-free way of enjoying it. But wait, this seemingly healthy ice cream is still far away from being healthy. It is not always calorie-free. One scoop of this ice cream has 25 percent fewer calories than normal ice cream, which seems like a good amount. But when people eat food that is labeled as sugar-free, they end up eating more than what they do while they eat normal food.
So, when you treat yourself with two scoops of sugar-free ice cream, you end up eating 200 calories, which is more than 130 calories present in one scoop of ice cream with sugar.
SUGAR SUBSTITUTES USED IN MAKING SUGAR-FREE ICE CREAM: The sweet taste in this ice cream comes from sugar alcohols. These are used in most foods that are labeled as sugar-free, like ice-cream, gum and sweet treats. Sugar alcohol contains a fair amount of carbohydrate, which can be dangerous for diabetics. Eating sugar-free food can increase blood glucose level in diabetics.
When consumed in excess quantity, sugar alcohols can cause bloating and diarrhea. Though many sugar alcohols occur naturally in fruits, they are not really sweet, so the manufacturers add more of them in order to make the ice cream taste sweet. Sugar alcohol may also promote obesity.
VERDICT: Eating sugar-free ice cream is not the right solution to ice cream cravings. Though they might be a little better than the regular ice cream, but in order to let it remain healthy, do not forget to consume it in moderation.
PostedOn: 12 Jun 2018
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