What's a good substitute for ice cream if I have diabetes?

While there's no great substitute for the taste of real ice cream, some people with diabetes find satisfaction with no-sugar-added ice cream. Others freeze low carb yogurts or sugar-free puddings.

Another option, if you are able to be satisfied with a smaller serving size, is to work real ice cream into your meal plan. Be sure to count the carbs in the ice cream. Most regular ice cream contains about 15 to 20 grams of carbs for each half cup serving.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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