Peters Ice Cream Review

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Low Carb Ice Cream at only 4.4 grams per serving

I know it's not ideal to be smashing down ice cream on a low carb diet but lets be real, sometimes you need a treat. There are a few options out there in terms of lower carb ice creams but this one really tastes like ice cream!

There is a bit of a Halo Top craze happening at the moment and that stuff tastes outstanding but I find it very difficult at such a high carb count to fit it into my day.

Peters no added sugar ice cream comes in two creamy flavours: - Vanilla and Salted Caramel. When I tasted it I thought it must be too good to be true... And I'll go into that a bit later.

For now, if you can fit this into your macros for the day AND can trust yourself not to over-endulge then it is definitely a reasonable option for dessert. The problem is... you won't want to stop at 1 serving!

Too good to be true?

So, the ice cream has 4.4 grams of carbs per 50 gram serving... What's the catch?

  • The ice cream contains a ingredients that may confuse some people:
    • Polydextrose - This is soluble fibre with a glycemic index of between 0 - 9. That's not too bad... Some people find themselves having some gastro issues when consuming too much though. That varies from person to person, I have personally never had that problem.
    • Sucralose - Listed on the packaging as Sweetener 955. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is about 600 times sweeter than sugar.  Although there is some controversy around artificial sweeteners, Sucralose is officially listed by Australian nutritional rules as having 0 glycemic index. It doesn't list how much they use in the product but at 600 times sweeter than sugar, you would have to assume it is a tiny amount.
    • Acesulphame Potassium - Listed as Sweetener 950. Similarly to the above, this is 200 times sweeter than sugar and has a 0 glycemic index. As with all artificial sweeteners, it is not recommended to consume too much.
    • Sorbitol - This is a sugar alcohol. It has a low GI of 4-9, some have identified it to contribute to abdominal pain and have a laxative effect when consumed in excess.
      5.1g of Sorbitol in a serving is quite a bit - It is commonly counted as around 60% of Sorbitol ingested has an effect similar to sugar on insulin levels. So we count this as about 3 grams of net impact carbs. This may be higher or lower depending on how they use it etc so this is an estimation only.
    • Erythritol - Another sugar alcohol, the vanilla flavour does not have this in it but the salted caramel flavour has a very small amount (0.2g in a serving).
      This sugar alcohol has little to no effect on blood sugar levels in most cases. The amount they use in this ice cream should not have an impact.
  • What's the actual glycemic impact carbs in this?
    • It is listed as 4.4 grams of carbs per serving but we need to factor in that some of the other ingredients in there not listed as carbohydrates will be affecting our blood sugar levels as well
      • Listed Carbs - 4.4g
      • Impact carbs from Sorbitol - 3g
      • 7.4g Net Carbs (approximately) - It is impossible to know exactly as these different sweeteners have different effects from person to person.

The verdict

So overall if you are after a treat and know when to put the spoon down, this is an ok option. There are critics that will say you can't be putting those artificial sweeteners into your body and maybe they are right. But if I'm going to choose between this and what I was eating before... It's going to be this every time.

What's in it?

Listed - 4.4g carbs | 1.4g fats | 2.4g protein
Potential - 7.4g carbs | 1.4g fats | 2.4g protein

Where can I get it?

It is available at Woolworths, Coles and some IGA stores.

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