Are protein Ice Creams really worth the hype? I have mentioned on my website before that I like to try things - gadgets, foods, workouts - I'll try it all and keep what is great, and ditch the gimmicky stuff.
Last blog was about BCAA gummies, and this time I want to melt away all confusion about "healthy" ice cream - or "frozen desserts" as most of them are called.
When Halo Top was first introduced to local groceries stores there was a bit of a frenzy. I had personally seen many American fitness influencers talk about this great ice cream that you could enjoy the whole container because it was low cal, low sugar, and high-ish in protein.
Once Halo Top took off then a number of other protein options came to the market. Cool Way and Good North are two that come to mind right away and are easily found in major grocery stores.
The thing is ... they really aren't as great as they are advertised. For starters they are a frozen dessert, so don't expect them to taste like your favourite hagendaz or Ben & Jerry's flavours. There's a flakey-ness to the "frozen dessert" and when it melts you get more watery, milky, melted liquid instead of that soft-serve ice cream texture that you'd get with regular ice cream.
My main issue with these products is that they are trying to position themselves as healthier alternatives to regular ice cream. Although they may have more protein, and they do a darn good job of advertising that on their containers, they are still quite high in sugars. These could be regular sugars or sugar alcohols. If there is one thing I have learned from my keto research it is that although sugar alcohols do not affect our insulin levels, they can disrupt the gut and leave our gut microbiome worse for ware.
I think that if you want to have ice cream just get the good stuff - that stuff that is made from some heavy cream churned in an ice cream maker, and served with your favourite toppings. All of these "healthy" alternatives are just giving us excuses to eat entire containers of stuff that isn't that much better for us, when we could just go for the real stuff and satisfy our real cravings.
Will I likely be buying a protein ice cream again, probably not. Moving forward if I am having a real craving for ice cream I'll probably just go for my absolute favourite - Chapman's French Vanilla. You can't mess with an original flavour like that!
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