5 Best Ice Creams For Vegans, Diabetics And Lactose-Intolerant People

by Jillian See
FOOD  |  November 28, 2017
  • Cool down with these sweet treats
    1 / 6 Cool down with these sweet treats

    With Singapore’s year long hot summery weather, one delicious way to beat the heat is to have an ice cream treat. But this calorie-laden dessert almost always leaves you feeling guilty and sluggish after. Fret not, here are lighter versions that let you enjoy the cream goodness of an ice cream with less guilt. The nutrient values are based on one cup (100g) of ice cream.

    Photo: Halo Top

    (Also read: 5 Chocolate Ice Cream That Are Worth The Calories – Tried & Tested)

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  • Soyato
    2 / 6 Soyato

    Soyato ice cream has just 100 calories per 100g so you don’t have to do a ridiculous amount of exercise to burn it off – *7 minutes of jogging will do. Soyato is a lactose-free ice cream made from soya milk, with added prebiotics that aids digestion.

    The ice cream is also free of gluten, cholesterol and trans fat, making it hands-down a healthier treat than regular ice cream. This ice cream is 100 per cent plant-based, so it’s friendly for vegans. Pick from four flavours: Wickedly Chocolate, Green Tea, Mint Chip and Honey Lemon. Their nutrient values are comparable.

    $11.90 for a pint. Currently unavailable, stocks will be replenished early next year at all NTUC Fairprice and Isetan Supermarket outlets 

    **Calorie burn is estimated based on a 55kg woman

    Photo: Soyato

    (per 100g) Soyato (Mint Chip) Vanilla ice cream**
    Energy (kcal) 101 226.6
    Total Fat (g) 3 12.4
    Saturated fat (g) 2 7.6
    Protein (g) 1.0 3.9
    Carbohydrates (g) 16 26.5

    *Nutrient values of vanilla ice cream is obtained from My Fitness Pal  

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  • Halo Top
    3 / 6 Halo Top

    Ice cream as a post-workout treat? It’s not such a bad idea, considering that the Halo Top ice cream contains almost the same number of calories as one medium banana. Plus, it has more than eight times the protein than a banana.

    Halo Top ice cream is also really low in fat – 70 per cent less compared to regular ice cream. Instead of sugar, Halo Top uses stevia, a zero-calorie natural plant-sweetener so you won’t get blood sugar level spikes. The in-your-face calorie indication on their pints makes you conscious about what you’re eating. Be mindful though, the sugar content in the ice cream is still high.

    $15 for a pint. Available online: https://littlefarms.com/collections/vendors?q=halo+top+creamery and at Whole Foods, Giant and Street Market outlets.

    Photo: Halo Top

    (Also read: Cool Down With These Ice Creams Perfect For Weight Watchers)

    (per 100g) Halo Top (Vanilla Bean) *Vanilla ice cream
    Energy (kcal) 93.8 226.6
    Total Fat (g) 3.1 12.4
    Saturated fat (g) 1.6 7.6
    Protein (g) 7.8 3.9
    Carbohydrates (g) 20.3 26.5

    *Nutrient values of vanilla ice cream is obtained from My Fitness Pal  

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  • Sugalight
    4 / 6 Sugalight

    As the name suggests, Sugalight is easy on the sugar. They use xylitol, a natural plant-based sweetener that tastes just like regular sugar but with less calories. Xylitol is found in most fruits and vegetables, and has been proven to improve dental health.

    Xylitol has a low glycaemic index (GI) of 7 as compared to regular sugar with a GI of 60. Low-GI foods keep your blood sugar levels steady, which makes Sugalight ice cream diabetic-friendly. Sugalight Vanilla ice cream was also awarded the Healthier Snack logo by Health Promotion Board.

    $12 for a pint and $4 for a cup. Available online: http://better4u.sg/ and at Sugalight Ice Cream Cafe Partners: Bakery Brera @ Empress Road, Munch Munch @ Gillermard Road. Trung Nguyen Coffee @ International Plaza

    Photo: Sugalight

    (per 100g) Sugalight (Vanilla) *Vanilla ice cream
    Energy (kcal) 143.6 226.6
    Total Fat (g) 8.6 12.4
    Saturated fat (g) 5.7 7.6
    Protein (g) 3.8 3.9
    Carbohydrates (g) 12.7 26.5

    *Nutrient values of vanilla ice cream is obtained from My Fitness Pal  

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  • Mr Bean
    5 / 6 Mr Bean

    Unlike the usual pints, Mr Bean serves ice cream in small cups – great for those who find it hard to portion-control. The dairy-free ice cream is made with fresh soya milk and comes in four flavours: Original, Gula Melaka, Durian and Chocolate.

    The nutritional values of the flavours are similar so take your pick and savour the whole cup!

    $14 for four cups. Available online: http://www.mrbean.com.sg/eshop/ and at selected Mr Bean outlets. 

    Photo: Mr Bean

    (per 100g) Mr Bean (Original) *Vanilla ice cream
    Energy (kcal) 190 226.6
    Total Fat (g) 9.6 12.4
    Saturated fat (g) 6.6 7.6
    Protein (g) 3.1 3.9
    Carbohydrates (g) 22.9 26.5

    *Nutrient values of vanilla ice cream is obtained from My Fitness Pal  

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  • Ben & Jerry's
    6 / 6 Ben & Jerry's

    Rejoice, vegan and dairy-avoiding sweet tooths out there! Ben & Jerry’s just released their new dairy-free range of ice cream that comes in three flavours: Caramel Almond Brittle, P. B. & Cookies and Coconut Seven Layer Bar.

    Almond milk is used in place of regular cow’s milk, and coconut oil is used instead of milk and cream, making this ice cream suitable for the lactose-intolerant. Don’t go overboard, though: The saturated fat in the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is comparable to regular vanilla ice cream. Each serving is still high in sugar and calories from additional ingredients like almond brittle and sticky caramel swirls.

    $14.90 for a pint. Available at all Cold Storage and Marketplace outlets. 

    Photo: Ben & Jerry’s

    (Also read: Top Places For Vegetarian And Vegan Food In Singapore)

    (per 100g) Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Almond Brittle *Vanilla ice cream
    Energy (kcal) 250 226.6
    Total Fat (g) 12.5 12.4
    Saturated fat (g) 7.7 7.6
    Protein (g) 1.9 3.9
    Carbohydrates (g) 33.7 26.5

    *Nutrient values of vanilla ice cream is obtained from My Fitness Pal  

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