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What's the most paleo store bought ice cream?

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Created March 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Is there a brand of ice cream more compliant with paleo than another?

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894 · June 02, 2013 at 7:04 PM

The Ice Dream Cookbook is written by Don Matesz's wife! They even cowrote a nutrition book back in 1994. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Rachel%20Albert-Matesz&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

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421 · May 08, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I second the So Delicious recommendation. The Coconut milk coconut flavor is yummy, and I had one of the almond milk flavors (can't remember which) that was good. They have agave syrup, but there are unsweetened version out there- I just can't seem to find them (yet). Frozen bananas are great too- but peel them before you freeze them!

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1021 · September 25, 2012 at 4:31 AM

hogwash, there's nothing wrong with ice cream. stop being dramatic.

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1804 · July 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Just shows we're all human and not paleo-perfectionists! and definitely love some us some ice cream. :)

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1804 · July 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

+1. Frozen bananas and strawberres + a little bit of almond butter. Delish.

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1804 · July 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Where did you find this out? Source?

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110 · July 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Sounds great, but I had to chuckle at your comparing it to Oreos. Thats like "compared to shooting a gun wildly into a crowd, punching someone in the face isn't that bad!".

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7292 · July 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Agreed, the Haagen-Dazs Five is the best there is. nothing not very natural.

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1794 · May 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

This. They have a special ice cream called Five, where they use 5 ingredients. They don't use gums or any really weird crap which is good.

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1794 · May 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Well, frozen (Iced) cream wouldn't have any sugar in it technically. Very Ice Age Paleo~

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2801 · May 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Cream + vanilla extract + stevia. All of the fun, none of the bs!

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78422 · October 04, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Re to: "No dietician, conventional, paleo or any other affiliation thinks that eating ice cream is healthy." Actually, Paul Jaminet thinks ice cream is healthy and Ray Peat.

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78422 · October 04, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Quilt, you can buy it ON THE STREET ! Tell me, does this picture looks like something you have ever seen in your life ? http://importfood.com/media/street_vendor_icecream4l.jpg. Epic fail indeed !

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78422 · October 04, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Quilt, you can buy it ON THE STREET ! Tell me, does this picture looks like something you have ever seen in your life ? importfood.com/media/street_vendor_icecream4l.jpg. Epic fail indeed !

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78422 · October 04, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Quilt, you can buy it ON THE STREET ! :P Epic fail 4 you two! Tell me, does this picture looks like something you have ever seen in your life ? http://importfood.com/media/street_vendor_icecream4l.jpg.

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12847 · October 04, 2011 at 2:04 PM

it also contains carragean which is linked with cancer and loaded full of enviromental toxins.

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2873 · October 04, 2011 at 5:55 AM

Sugar= Public enemy #1. Avoid it like the plague! I'm currently engaged in war with the stuff, but so far I am holding my own.

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2640 · July 10, 2011 at 9:55 PM

If only they didn't use agave syrup I'd be sold.

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211 · July 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

could you send a link? I have not been able to located a So Delicious Coconut ice cream with NO SUGAR ADDED. Thanks

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20519 · July 09, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Thought to give a few examples of my last batches if anyone wanted some ideas. I actually suggested these on another thread as smoothie options: Green tea, mango, goat milk. Strawberry, or mixed berries, lemon, mint, cow or goat milk. Almond butter, coconut, cocoa, coconut milk. Broil pineapple and puree with coconut, fresh ginger, coconut milk. Banana, cashew butter, cow milk - I add a little lemon juice. Avocado, lime juice, honeydew melon, cow milk - I've also done this one with coconut water as an ice: Puree, add to a shallow long container, freeze, scrape with a fork periodically. YUM!

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7967 · July 09, 2011 at 4:10 AM

What Gary said. I bought it once without checking the ingredients and was PISSED. Regular HD has very few ingredients, more fat, less sugar (depending on flavor - there are ones that are less sweet).

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24538 · July 08, 2011 at 11:29 PM

I forgot to add, I am reminded shortly thereafter why I don't normally have much dairy, and therefore have no interest in ice cream for some time.

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24538 · July 08, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I've picked those up and put them back so many times in the same visit, that I'm surprised no one who works at PCC has asked to stop melting the Coconut Bliss. A really good ice cream place opened up down the street from us recently, so I've given up on measured indulgence, and just go all out 3-4 times a year at the ice cream parlor.

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1638 · July 08, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I'm sorry, but if you're gonna tell me the flavor is Vanilla Maple, I want to see actual vanilla and maple in the ingredients - not lumped in as "natural flavors". Could be ANYTHING in there. ;P

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1085 · July 08, 2011 at 9:37 PM

sherpamelissa - you and me both! lol Glad to see Im not the only "crazy" one :-)

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1085 · July 08, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Whole Foods carries this (and others similar). But, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Agave is listed in the ingredients and the company's website directs the consumer to a link about the health benefits of agave, but the link isn't working for me. Maybe it will work for you? http://www.coconutbliss.com/info/nutrition

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95 · July 08, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Where did you buy Coconut Bliss?

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891 · July 08, 2011 at 7:16 PM

yum! totally going there!

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1008 · July 08, 2011 at 6:55 PM

This stuff can be a little gummy, but I like it. It's not too sweet.

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1906 · July 08, 2011 at 5:58 PM

@Melinda - For people who are okay with guar gum, it's still a good product.

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1906 · July 08, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I disagree - there are a couple brands of _good_ ice cream alternatives out there. For those avoiding milk, for example, there's a brand of very good coconut-based "ice cream" that is very good. But yeah, ultimately, making your own is the way to go if you want to avoid more of the bad things.

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0 · July 08, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Mint Galacticica is my Sunday treat...all flavors are amazing.

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15385 · July 08, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Totally agree. A cheat once every week or two is ok, in fact I do it intentionally now. Recently made home-made blueberry ice cream with somewhat less sugar than the recipe. Still tons of sugar per serving by Paleo standards, but loads of good fat too.

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501 · March 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM

RG: Granted ice cream's a calorie bomb, and sugar is half fructose. But if you can handle the energy load (i.e. are not fat), I don't see anything at all wrong with home-made ice cream a la Perfect Health Diet or Hyperlipid blog recipes. Even the better store bought brands are fine in moderation (watch the fructose). Probably one of the bealthy desert options out there...

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25467 · March 27, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Agave is sweet chemotherapy for the unknowing

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25467 · March 27, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Epic fail here.....there is no store bought ice cream. OXYMORON!

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7324 · March 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Damaged justice: fructose doesn't raise blood glucose, so that's actually not a good test. Fructose is much worse than glucose.

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670 · March 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Therefore, obviously that wasn't my point.

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670 · March 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

RG: You're not telling me anything I don't know.

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94 · March 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Its not ice cream, but over at leangains.com Martin makes some protein desserts at the following link that are closer to paleo. The protein fluff is casein or whey protein, fruit, and milk. http://www.leangains.com/2010/09/high-protein-recipes-and-jack3d-review.html

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2399 · March 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Homemade ice cream can easily be part of "paleo" diet.

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454 · March 27, 2011 at 5:32 AM

DUUUUDE! Coconut Bliss is SO AMAZING! I'm never going to back to regular ice cream, it was THAT GOOD! Dark Chocolate flavor is the best!!!!

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3184 · March 27, 2011 at 3:22 AM

@damaged justice: what science do you need? Ice cream is a vehicle to transfer loads of sugar and fat into your body. No dietician, conventional, paleo or any other affiliation thinks that eating ice cream is healthy. There is no way around it, any ice cream is bad for you. Moreover, addiction to sweets and finding excuses to eat sweets is what got many of us fat and metabolically disordered to begin with. There's just no reason to find a substitute for eating the crap that got you in trouble to begin with. I don't need to explain the science of why eating sugar bombs is bad to people here.

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94 · March 27, 2011 at 2:35 AM

whip some heavy cream and add some fruit, better option methinks

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 1:00 AM

The ridiculous thing is that I will end up eating regular ice cream instead, but on a whim instead of planned, which is what I think my issue is.

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13983 · March 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I did that with every other container until I found the two that I am willing to consume. ;)

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7324 · March 27, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Me too melissa. I've done it so many times. :)

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7324 · March 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I don't believe they are bad on the liver. They can affect gut flora though, which would explain the gas. Also, some types are better than others. Maltitol is very bad, but erythritol especially seems fine. Xylitol is ok.

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM

I pick up the containers, read the ingredients and put them back pretty much every time I am at a store that carries them. LOL. I'm such a nut.

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1617 · March 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM

I just got this book and an ice cream maker a little while ago. I've tried 3 recipes so far. I've been able to get away with halving the already reduced sweetener and still have it come out totally delicious.

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13983 · March 26, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Sugar alcohols (xylitol) are just as bad as fructose/agave on the liver. They give me bad gas and I try to avoid them.

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7324 · March 26, 2011 at 11:37 PM

coconut milk would work too if you don't do dairy. I've only had it with half coconut and half cream, but I imagine full coconut would work.

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1344 · March 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM

cherry garcia and vanilla

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105 · March 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Tried that last week - would NOT recommend it all for anybody with gut issues - spent the entire afternoon/evening in the bathroom. Afterwards, fully researched the guar gum in it and it is used in other applications as a laxative. If I ever suffer from constipation, I am going to eat a big tub of the stuff and I'll be fixed right up for sure. The taste/texture was heavenly but it was definitely not worth the side effects.

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18701 · March 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM

OMG. Chocolate covered potato chips? Caramel? I didn't need to know this existed!

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18701 · March 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

6 months? Ack! I love ice cream.

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2713 · March 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

For some flavors, Haagen Dasz Five actually contains substantially more sugar and less fat than its counterpart, often rendering it excessively sweet. Make sure to check the ingredients list carefully.

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670 · March 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

While it touches tangentially on the subject, this answer isn't really helpful in terms of distinguishing between reenactment and sound science, and in fact only serves to further muddy the water.

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15229 · March 26, 2011 at 8:46 PM

EXACTLY. i came here to say the very same thing, but not as succinctly.

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670 · March 26, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Some would say it's just the absolute quantity of fructose; some think it's more important to look at the ratio of fructose to glucose, or how much fiber there is (of course we're talking about ice cream here, not a piece of fruit :) and some would say that agave, like HFCS, has some unique characteristics that make it more problematic. If you're really concerned I think the best test for meaningful risk indicator would be to measure your blood glucose before eating it and then again a number of times over the next few hours. The higher it goes and longer it stays high, the worse that food is.

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422 · March 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

it's arguable. There's a few articles on it here c:

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5768 · March 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Basically High Fructose Corn Syrup with the "healthy" advertisements. Very high Fructose load and processed as well.

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18412 · March 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM

this is a decent alternative to homemade ice cream. it is void of silly ingredients, although I do wish they would have just left the milk out, used more cream or at least whole milk. but "Five" is much much better than many of the other concoctions people chomp on.

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190 · March 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM

is agave bad? i'm still learning

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5768 · March 26, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I believe that ice cream has agave in it??

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3184 · March 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

There is no Paleo ice cream. Ice cream or some weird variant of it just shouldn't be part of your diet on a regular basis. On the rare occasions when you want to treat yourself, don't look for some Paleo-friendly ice cream--just go out and get the best damn ice cream you can. Ice cream is crap. Delicious crap, but crap nonetheless. Don't try and hide the fact you are eating a bowl (or cone) of frozen sugar. Indulge. Find the best ice cream maker in your city. Enjoy every last spoonful. And then don't think about ice cream again for like 6 months.

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670 · March 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM

While it touches tangentially on the subject, this answer isn't really helpful in terms of distinguishing between reenactment and sound science, and in fact only serves to further muddy the water.

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15229 · March 26, 2011 at 8:46 PM

EXACTLY. i came here to say the very same thing, but not as succinctly.

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18701 · March 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

6 months? Ack! I love ice cream.

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670 · March 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

RG: You're not telling me anything I don't know.

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670 · March 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Therefore, obviously that wasn't my point.

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94 · March 27, 2011 at 2:35 AM

whip some heavy cream and add some fruit, better option methinks

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501 · March 28, 2011 at 12:57 AM

RG: Granted ice cream's a calorie bomb, and sugar is half fructose. But if you can handle the energy load (i.e. are not fat), I don't see anything at all wrong with home-made ice cream a la Perfect Health Diet or Hyperlipid blog recipes. Even the better store bought brands are fine in moderation (watch the fructose). Probably one of the bealthy desert options out there...

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2399 · March 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Homemade ice cream can easily be part of "paleo" diet.

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3184 · March 27, 2011 at 3:22 AM

@damaged justice: what science do you need? Ice cream is a vehicle to transfer loads of sugar and fat into your body. No dietician, conventional, paleo or any other affiliation thinks that eating ice cream is healthy. There is no way around it, any ice cream is bad for you. Moreover, addiction to sweets and finding excuses to eat sweets is what got many of us fat and metabolically disordered to begin with. There's just no reason to find a substitute for eating the crap that got you in trouble to begin with. I don't need to explain the science of why eating sugar bombs is bad to people here.

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15385 · July 08, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Totally agree. A cheat once every week or two is ok, in fact I do it intentionally now. Recently made home-made blueberry ice cream with somewhat less sugar than the recipe. Still tons of sugar per serving by Paleo standards, but loads of good fat too.

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1906 · July 08, 2011 at 5:57 PM

I disagree - there are a couple brands of _good_ ice cream alternatives out there. For those avoiding milk, for example, there's a brand of very good coconut-based "ice cream" that is very good. But yeah, ultimately, making your own is the way to go if you want to avoid more of the bad things.

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78422 · October 04, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Re to: "No dietician, conventional, paleo or any other affiliation thinks that eating ice cream is healthy." Actually, Paul Jaminet thinks ice cream is healthy and Ray Peat.

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2801 · May 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Cream + vanilla extract + stevia. All of the fun, none of the bs!

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1794 · May 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Well, frozen (Iced) cream wouldn't have any sugar in it technically. Very Ice Age Paleo~

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1021 · September 25, 2012 at 4:31 AM

hogwash, there's nothing wrong with ice cream. stop being dramatic.

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9812 · July 08, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I keep a bag of ripe, peeled bananas in my freezer- toss em in the food processor with a little coconut, berries, etc (or just plain bananas with nothing else) and process till smooth- comes out a very nice soft-serve-esque consistency, and uber-easy!

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891 · July 08, 2011 at 7:16 PM

yum! totally going there!

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1061 · March 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The Haagen-Dazs "All Natural" Coffee ice cream in my freezer has Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Eggs, Coffee in it.

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1794 · May 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

This. They have a special ice cream called Five, where they use 5 ingredients. They don't use gums or any really weird crap which is good.

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7292 · July 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Agreed, the Haagen-Dazs Five is the best there is. nothing not very natural.

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168 · March 26, 2011 at 9:29 PM

We recently tried Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss Ice Cream and I am telling you...WOW!

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454 · March 27, 2011 at 5:32 AM

DUUUUDE! Coconut Bliss is SO AMAZING! I'm never going to back to regular ice cream, it was THAT GOOD! Dark Chocolate flavor is the best!!!!

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95 · July 08, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Where did you buy Coconut Bliss?

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0 · July 08, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Mint Galacticica is my Sunday treat...all flavors are amazing.

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1085 · July 08, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Whole Foods carries this (and others similar). But, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Agave is listed in the ingredients and the company's website directs the consumer to a link about the health benefits of agave, but the link isn't working for me. Maybe it will work for you? http://www.coconutbliss.com/info/nutrition

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300 · October 04, 2011 at 5:41 AM

Okay, so this may get me in trouble here on this forum, but I might as well admit it: I AM SOMEWHAT OF AN ICE CREAM FANATIC. Here are my recommendations:

If you do well with Dairy, the awesome and ethical Straus Creamery (of California) recently started supplying ice cream to my local coop, YAY! The ingredient list is organic, short, and old-fashioned: just cream, milk, egg yolk, sugar, vanilla, and salt (plus cocoa in the Dutch Chocolate version (not necessarily in that order.) I REEEAAALLY appreciate that they don't add guar gum or carageenan to thicken it and SKIMP on the cream, the way other "organic" brands" do, such as Julie's and Alden's. Straus Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate are the best store-bought ice cream I've ever had. THOUGH: it's really the CREAM I am after--I could do with alot less sugar. In that respect, of course, homemade ice cream is BEST, so you can add as little sugar as you want. ANOTHER thing that satisfies my ice cream urge is HOMEMADE CUSTARD...I don't make it very sweet, so it's actually pretty dern healthy. Cream, butter and egg yolks with just a sprinkling of sugar! Yummmm!!!

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492 · March 31, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I've changed my stance on this...if you have to buy just one get this....

http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/product.php?p=purely_decadent_cm_cherry_amaretto

Soy Free Dairy Free Gluten Free

11g of sugar per serving

so if you eat the whole thing(which most people do)...you're looking at 44g of sugar....

Put it this way....the WHOLE thing is better for you than 3 oreo cookies...

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2640 · July 10, 2011 at 9:55 PM

If only they didn't use agave syrup I'd be sold.

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110 · July 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Sounds great, but I had to chuckle at your comparing it to Oreos. Thats like "compared to shooting a gun wildly into a crowd, punching someone in the face isn't that bad!".

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56616 · March 26, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Ice Dream was invented by a paleo dieter. You have to make it yourself though, which really limits consumption glares at ice cream maker I bought last year and used once...

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1617 · March 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM

I just got this book and an ice cream maker a little while ago. I've tried 3 recipes so far. I've been able to get away with halving the already reduced sweetener and still have it come out totally delicious.

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894 · June 02, 2013 at 7:04 PM

The Ice Dream Cookbook is written by Don Matesz's wife! They even cowrote a nutrition book back in 1994. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Rachel%20Albert-Matesz&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

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294 · October 04, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Once every other week or so, I'll whip some cream up with pure cocoa (no sugar or anything) and add in some really rips bananas. Then I'll stick it in the freezer for about an hour, and then go to town! Honestly, few things are better than banana/chocolate combination.

Granted, I eat absolutely no sugar, maple syrup, stevia or honey--the only sugars I ingest are from the whole fruits in my diet (I don't juice fruits)--so my "Ice cream" is pretty sweet in my palate.

If you go without sugar for a good while (a month or two, maybe?) I'm pretty sure your palate will adjust itself. I find the bit of cream and cinnamon I put into my coffee to be plenty sweet enough!

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20519 · July 09, 2011 at 5:02 AM

NICE, @Gingernaut! Ohio, represent! Jeni's is the best. Outside of Jeni's... I have to say homemade. Sorry! There are lovely small batch offerings where I live but I always end up feeling gross after a small cup so my own won out. I shifted my focus from traditional and the last couple of months have made Paleo specific treats. I like that I can make completely unsweetened except for what I add in that is naturally sweet, whatever I want for the liquid, pastured eggs for a custard base or go Philly style. Hell.. I could add supplements if I wanted to. Sleepy time ice cream with ZMA anyone? :) I would recommend to the world to grab an ice cream maker and start playing. It's fun, you can make whatever you want, and you're putting in exactly what you would want to get out of it. The perfect product for you.

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20519 · July 09, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Thought to give a few examples of my last batches if anyone wanted some ideas. I actually suggested these on another thread as smoothie options: Green tea, mango, goat milk. Strawberry, or mixed berries, lemon, mint, cow or goat milk. Almond butter, coconut, cocoa, coconut milk. Broil pineapple and puree with coconut, fresh ginger, coconut milk. Banana, cashew butter, cow milk - I add a little lemon juice. Avocado, lime juice, honeydew melon, cow milk - I've also done this one with coconut water as an ice: Puree, add to a shallow long container, freeze, scrape with a fork periodically. YUM!

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7967 · July 09, 2011 at 4:08 AM

Love how this question has one thousand views and counting!

I usually eat Haagen Dazs, or make my own.

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1804 · July 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Just shows we're all human and not paleo-perfectionists! and definitely love some us some ice cream. :)

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290 · July 08, 2011 at 6:14 PM

There is a brand called Arctic Zero that is worth mentioning. 150 calories per pint and they have some notable flavors. For example, the Vanilla Maple ingredients are listed as:

Purified water, Whey protein concentrate, organic cane sugar, chicory root, guar gum, xantham gum, natural flavors, sea salt, monk fruit concentrate

http://www.myarcticzero.com/nutritionfacts.php

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1638 · July 08, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I'm sorry, but if you're gonna tell me the flavor is Vanilla Maple, I want to see actual vanilla and maple in the ingredients - not lumped in as "natural flavors". Could be ANYTHING in there. ;P

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1008 · July 08, 2011 at 6:55 PM

This stuff can be a little gummy, but I like it. It's not too sweet.

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15385 · July 08, 2011 at 5:08 PM

A great dessert is heavy cream, whipped with no sugar added, with berries. No sugar besides a little from the berries (which is probably ok since it's matched with fiber and antioxidants), and it is just as satisfying as ice cream, but without the sugar.

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13983 · March 26, 2011 at 11:49 PM

I'm actually a big fan of the coconut milk ice creams and coconut sorbet. Many of the coconut milk ice creams are sweetened with agave (fructose warning!) and many of the sorbets have too much sugar! But if you're looking for a paleo-friendly option (and willing to fructose it up!) then I'd suggest going coo-coo for coconut.

Two favourites are: Sharon's Coconut Sorbet and Purely Decadent non-dairy frozen dessert made with coconut milk - Mint Chip.

All that said, they stall weight loss and are a rare and limited treat for me.

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7324 · March 27, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Me too melissa. I've done it so many times. :)

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM

I pick up the containers, read the ingredients and put them back pretty much every time I am at a store that carries them. LOL. I'm such a nut.

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18701 · March 27, 2011 at 1:00 AM

The ridiculous thing is that I will end up eating regular ice cream instead, but on a whim instead of planned, which is what I think my issue is.

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13983 · March 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I did that with every other container until I found the two that I am willing to consume. ;)

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1085 · July 08, 2011 at 9:37 PM

sherpamelissa - you and me both! lol Glad to see Im not the only "crazy" one :-)

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24538 · July 08, 2011 at 11:29 PM

I forgot to add, I am reminded shortly thereafter why I don't normally have much dairy, and therefore have no interest in ice cream for some time.

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24538 · July 08, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I've picked those up and put them back so many times in the same visit, that I'm surprised no one who works at PCC has asked to stop melting the Coconut Bliss. A really good ice cream place opened up down the street from us recently, so I've given up on measured indulgence, and just go all out 3-4 times a year at the ice cream parlor.

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7324 · March 26, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Would you be open to making your own? You can use cream, milk if you drink it, egg yolks, flavoring, and sweeten it with stevia, xylitol (a sugar alcohol), or rice syrup (not technically paleo, but fructose free). I make a delicious cherry almond ice cream sweetened with stevia. Sometimes I sneak some dark chocolate in too :).

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7324 · March 26, 2011 at 11:37 PM

coconut milk would work too if you don't do dairy. I've only had it with half coconut and half cream, but I imagine full coconut would work.

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13983 · March 26, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Sugar alcohols (xylitol) are just as bad as fructose/agave on the liver. They give me bad gas and I try to avoid them.

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7324 · March 27, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I don't believe they are bad on the liver. They can affect gut flora though, which would explain the gas. Also, some types are better than others. Maltitol is very bad, but erythritol especially seems fine. Xylitol is ok.

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3885 · March 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM

When I get a craving I settle for Straus creamery Whole milk with real Maple Yogurt. Not a bad substitute and has acceptable ingredients

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190 · March 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I am a newbie so forgive me if I am wrong. I recently tried Purely Decadent Coconut Milk ice cream. It is dairy free, soy free, gluten free and deliciuos. I have found it in either gluten free sections of stores or "natural food" sections

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422 · March 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM

it's arguable. There's a few articles on it here c:

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670 · March 26, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Some would say it's just the absolute quantity of fructose; some think it's more important to look at the ratio of fructose to glucose, or how much fiber there is (of course we're talking about ice cream here, not a piece of fruit :) and some would say that agave, like HFCS, has some unique characteristics that make it more problematic. If you're really concerned I think the best test for meaningful risk indicator would be to measure your blood glucose before eating it and then again a number of times over the next few hours. The higher it goes and longer it stays high, the worse that food is.

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190 · March 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM

is agave bad? i'm still learning

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105 · March 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Tried that last week - would NOT recommend it all for anybody with gut issues - spent the entire afternoon/evening in the bathroom. Afterwards, fully researched the guar gum in it and it is used in other applications as a laxative. If I ever suffer from constipation, I am going to eat a big tub of the stuff and I'll be fixed right up for sure. The taste/texture was heavenly but it was definitely not worth the side effects.

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5768 · March 26, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I believe that ice cream has agave in it??

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5768 · March 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Basically High Fructose Corn Syrup with the "healthy" advertisements. Very high Fructose load and processed as well.

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7324 · March 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Damaged justice: fructose doesn't raise blood glucose, so that's actually not a good test. Fructose is much worse than glucose.

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25467 · March 27, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Agave is sweet chemotherapy for the unknowing

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1906 · July 08, 2011 at 5:58 PM

@Melinda - For people who are okay with guar gum, it's still a good product.

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1631 · September 25, 2012 at 5:06 AM

peatarian style, hop on that Haagen Daz!

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170 · July 25, 2012 at 2:31 AM

For store bought, I usually go with So Delicious coconut (their gf cookie dough is AMAZING!) or a sorbet. But I would consider both of those as part of my 20%, I just can't do gluten or dairy at all. For a simple homemade "ice cream" I mixed a can of coconut milk with a little bit (like a teaspoon) of honey and lots of cinnamon and stuck it in the freezer for a couple hours. I thought it turned out pretty well.

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421 · May 08, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I second the So Delicious recommendation. The Coconut milk coconut flavor is yummy, and I had one of the almond milk flavors (can't remember which) that was good. They have agave syrup, but there are unsweetened version out there- I just can't seem to find them (yet). Frozen bananas are great too- but peel them before you freeze them!

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468 · July 24, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I wonder about the amount of fat in Coldstone? They do have 30 grams of sugar in their small chocolate ice cream, but also 20 grams of fat. If we are going to get ice cream (for my daughter once in a while), I should go for the high fat options, right??

http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/assets/pdf/nutrition/nutrition_info_icecream.pdf

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554 · October 24, 2011 at 2:46 AM

Frozen bananas work quite well for me.

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1804 · July 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

+1. Frozen bananas and strawberres + a little bit of almond butter. Delish.

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10044 · October 04, 2011 at 2:02 PM

When ever I am craving some ice cream, I pour some frozen organic wild blueberries into a small bowl and pour some heavy cream over the blueberries until they are just covered and wait 60 seconds or so. The frozen blueberries will freeze the cream to make a nice frozen treat. It tastes great and is much healthier than the ice cream you buy in the store.

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452 · October 04, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Since you're asking about storebought boxed icecream,I'd personally go for Ben&Jerry's Chocolate Macadamia. Yeah it contains sugar...but also whole milk,eggs,cacao,macadamia nuts and it even listed coconut oil. That was the first time I ever saw coconut oil listed on a processed food,instead of the usual vegetable oil. And it's (supposed to be) from organic produce&fairtrade.

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12847 · October 04, 2011 at 2:04 PM

it also contains carragean which is linked with cancer and loaded full of enviromental toxins.

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430 · July 08, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Well, since my kids are paleo as well, I have to do a few things to keep them sane =) We like the So Delicious Coconut milk ice cream, NO SUGAR ADDED on the label. Only one gram of sugar, sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol. ALL ORGANIC< wayyyyy better choice than Ben and Jerry's people!

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211 · July 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

could you send a link? I have not been able to located a So Delicious Coconut ice cream with NO SUGAR ADDED. Thanks

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40 · March 27, 2011 at 6:13 AM

A recipe for healthy icecream from the Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet website-- http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2408

I bought a fairly cheap Cuisinart ice cream maker on Amazon so I could make this at home. For fructose free sweetening I use one or more of the following: rice syrup, Now brand dextrose, stevia,and erythritol.

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670 · March 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Haagen Dasz Five might qualify, depending on how you feel about the skim milk. I don't know of any 'big' ice cream maker that uses milk that hasn't had the fat artificially stripped out of it first. Your best bet is probably smaller independent/local producers. For something closer to "orthodox paleo", coconut ice cream is dairy-free, but good luck finding one without guar gum/other weird thickeners (equally sarcastic side rant: Why the hell mess up goat yogurt by adding pectin? Thanks, commercial producers).

At least decent ice cream, whether milk or coconut based, is relatively easy to make at home. (And if you go to that amount of effort, you're more likely to save it for truly special occasions instead of picking up a quick pint whenever it's convenient.)

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2713 · March 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

For some flavors, Haagen Dasz Five actually contains substantially more sugar and less fat than its counterpart, often rendering it excessively sweet. Make sure to check the ingredients list carefully.

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18412 · March 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM

this is a decent alternative to homemade ice cream. it is void of silly ingredients, although I do wish they would have just left the milk out, used more cream or at least whole milk. but "Five" is much much better than many of the other concoctions people chomp on.

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7967 · July 09, 2011 at 4:10 AM

What Gary said. I bought it once without checking the ingredients and was PISSED. Regular HD has very few ingredients, more fat, less sugar (depending on flavor - there are ones that are less sweet).

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5768 · March 26, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I would say the Ben and Jerry's flavors that don't have gluten in them.

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1344 · March 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM

cherry garcia and vanilla

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0 · May 08, 2013 at 8:04 AM

i don't understand the folks who are saying there's no difference between GMO, dairy, sugar-laden ice cream and a paleo alternative. Try Coconut Secret - no soy, dairy, gluten, agave. Sweetened with coconut nectar and made from raw unpasteurized coconut cream. 100% organic and raw. enjoy!

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0 · September 25, 2012 at 4:16 AM

I eat Coconut Bliss ice cream about once a month if I'm dong good on my diet/exercise. It's honestly the most amazing thing to indulge in so I let myself do just that in periodical doses. I also work my body like a machine (I dance ballet and use yoga/the gym as cross training in between) and find that once a month indulgences don't really effect my body all that much. But when I get crazy and feast upon this delicious little delight once a week, I see a difference in my body trying to level itself out. Be wise about your regularity of consumption and try not to consume it all the time. Once in a while is really not something you should beat yourself up about- after all, life is a treat and food is just one of the many spectacular indulgences out there for you to explore!

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336 · June 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Obviously ice cream is not ideal but sticking to a brand that uses the most natural ingredients IS best- There is a huge difference between artificially flavored ice cream that comes from cows fed GMO feed and injected with growth hormones vs a naturally flavored ice cream from cows that are raised organically- So get a full-fat organic brand. Or there is Coconut Bliss which is delicious- OR you can make your own using raw cream and raw milk/vanilla/and maple syrup OR you can make your own using full-fat coconut milk and the sweetener and flavors of your choice.

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115 · May 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM

My friends love going to Whole Foods for gelato and I recently remembered a friend telling me about Organic Nectar's Cashewtopia. It's a raw gelato made with fat from cashew milk instead of dairy. It's obviously not 100% pure but it doesn't hurt my stomach and definitely satisfies a craving. It's really rich so a pint can last me a long time. Hazelnut is my favorite.

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0 · May 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Haagen Daz is the "cleanest" commercial ice cream out there.

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1804 · July 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Where did you find this out? Source?

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6229 · October 24, 2011 at 12:59 AM

I would say homemade with half the sugar the recipe calls for and using

1) coconut ingredients or: 2) pastured dairy if you don't have any dairy issues

If it's homemade you don't have to worry about gluten, fillers, gum, preservatives, etc. It's a cheat dessert and yummy!

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7592 · October 04, 2011 at 4:02 PM

I would recommend you just make your own as others have suggested. I know of one paleo eater who purchases So Delicious brand Coconut Ice Cream though if you want something like that.

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12847 · October 04, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Any ice cream that doesn't contain gums preferably organic. The gums cause digestive issues in my expierence and stuff like carragean is linked with cancer.

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3904 · July 10, 2011 at 3:37 AM

I think RG73 has the best answer. Get the real stuff and enjoy the hell out of it, but don't do it often. But if you want something quick that sort of fills that urge in a pinch I like to take Greek yogurt and blend it with frozen fruit in a food processor. It comes out cold, creamy and sweet - assuming the fruit is ripe. Unfortunately it's not uncommon for store bought frozen fruits to be only half ripe. Better would probably be to take fresh and freeze it yourself. Otherwise it's just not sweet enough. Oh, and if you like coconut I find it good to add a little coconut oil to the mix.

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0 · July 09, 2011 at 4:11 AM

Arctic Zero is some good stuff.

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597 · July 09, 2011 at 2:24 AM

If you allow dairy in your diet, Jeni's Ice Cream is an absolute MUST if you want to indulge in guilty pleasures. Hands down the best ice cream I've ever had - that ice cream is one of things I miss the most about living in Columbus, Ohio. Thankfully, not only do they deliver via UPS, but they also have retail partners. The salty caramel is my favorite. I used to work as a cook in a lounge owned by Cup o' Joe. We shared our building with the aforementioned coffee shop, and they ordered Jeni's in bulk to serve to customers - they always put a little of the caramel off to the side for me ;)

Poke around and see if it's carried in a store near you. If not, you can order online - http://www.jenisicecreams.com/pages/Retail-Partners.html

As far as how Paleo it is, the website states that their milk and cream from grass-fed cows. Beyond that, I couldn't tell. But hey, it's ice cream. It's not supposed to be healthy and I doubt it ever will be. If you're going to for once-in-a-blue-moon indulgence, you may as well do it in style.

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50 · July 08, 2011 at 9:28 PM

If you have to have ice cream but want to make "getting it" a bit more difficult, I like to use the ice cream ball. I bought it on Amazon and it makes me do a bit of work before I can actually have any. Plus you have control over the ingredients.

http://www.amazon.com/Play-Freeze-Cream-Maker-Ball/dp/B000S5XYI2

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58 · July 08, 2011 at 9:14 PM

There is some really good Gelato at my local grocery store that is gluten free, soy free, only uses fructose, and is amazingly low on sugar and sweetner.

It comes in little round clear containers with black lids. Its amazingly good.

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473 · March 27, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Before going Primal, I used to have Breyer's all Natural Vanilla ice cream (Milk, Cream, Sugar, Natural Tara Gum, Natural Vanilla Flavor.) At least majority of the ingredients are pronounceable and not long.

Anyway, I agree with the answer that if you want to be truly Paleo/Primal, try not seeking any Paleo/Primal approved ice cream because there's NO such thing. If you want to indulge, then just get the best one and move on.

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140 · March 26, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Thumbs up on the points...ice cream is not paleo and coconut options. I agree, coconut 'ice cream' is a very nice treat on occassion.

This can also be enjoyed if you are following strict dietary guidelines due to diagnosed or health concerns such as autoimmune. This would be true for coconut yogurt as well. Always check ingredients, even if you have the last time you bought it. They do change on occassion and they don't necessarily advertise the change especially if they add ingredients that are not favorable.

Thanks for the info on Ice Dream. Going to check it out ;-)

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1600 · March 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Turkey Hill all natural Vanilla.Milk,cream,sugar,vanilla.Very creamy,almost like frozen Cool Whip, and sugar is even the third ingredient.Good for you?No.If the rest of your diet is healthy,and you keep things in balance,it probably won't kill you. I did try some of the new Ben and Jerry's flavor Late Night Snack last night.(chocolate covered potato chips clusters in vanilla ice cream with caramel).Chocolate chips mixed with sour cream and onion potato chips was my depression food for a long time.:P.Ben and Jerry's uses WAY too many plastic ingredients though,especially corn syrups.

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18701 · March 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM

OMG. Chocolate covered potato chips? Caramel? I didn't need to know this existed!

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