How can you have ice cream on a diet or as part of weight maintenance? This is actually simple. You have to pick one that is low in sugar and carbs.
Let’s look at some examples of my favorite brand:
Breyer’s Vanilla: There are four vanillas. Two have 28g carbs and 28g of sugar per cup. All of these ice creams have the same sugar grams and carb grams.
(The label says 14g per 1/2 cup. Pay attention to tricky labels. So, a cup is 28g. It is more likely that if you eat a scoop, that it will be the size of a measuring cup.)
This is a cup of ice cream: Learn the measurement: Portion control is key.
Breyers Homemade Vanilla has 32g of carbs per cup and the Extra Creamy has 36g of carbs per cup.
There is no fiber or sugar alcohols to subtract from the numbers to get a net carb. So, those are the carbs. Those are really high, so if you want to keep your carb grams between 50 to 100g a day to lose weight, that really messes up your count for the day.
HOWEVER: Breyers No Sugar Added Vanilla has 26 g of carbs per cup and 8g of sugar. That is a lot less sugar and honestly, it tastes creamy and really good! You won’t really notice a difference from the majorly sugary one. There is 8g of fiber and 8g of sugar alcohols. So, per cup, the net carb is 10g of carbs.