(HealthyResearch.com) – For those intolerant of dairy, digestive issues can cause a major health setback. Finding dairy-free foods can be challenging, especially sweet treats like ice cream. Although milk-free foods have been around for a long time, newer products remove things like lactose, milk proteins and whey, replacing them with ingredients like almond and oat milk bases. Here are 5 healthy, dairy-free ice creams to check out.
1. Van Leeuwen’s Vegan Ice Cream
This popular dairy-free treat makes it hard to tell that you’re not eating the real thing. It comes with almost no additives, and coconut cream and cashews replace cow’s milk quite nicely.
Organic cane sugar is the main sweetener, not corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. There is no added soy lecithin, only raw cacao. Van Leeuwen’s Vegan Ice Cream is so tasty, it’s hard to limit quantities — so, be careful not to over-consume.
2. Ben and Jerry’s
Most of us are familiar with Ben and Jerry’s popular ice cream line. Now they have reformulated some of their ingredient base to remove dairy completely while still packing that familiar creamy, sweet punch.
Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Pints are dairy-free and use almond milk as the foundation for a flavorful bite. Sunflower butter varieties are also available. While the absence of dairy is the high-point, it does have corn syrup solids, wheat flour and sunflower oil listed as ingredients on the label. If you’re trying to watch your waistline, consider that because it contains sugar.
3. Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss Vegan Ice Cream
For those who love coconut, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss ice cream is a healthy alternative to dairy-based versions. This treat is dairy-free and boasts a short ingredient list. There are no artificial additives, and its sweetness is derived from agave sugar. Because it doesn’t have any sugar alcohols, it won’t leave an unpleasant aftertaste or other, (ahem), unpleasant side effects.
This vegan ice cream trails after its brand name Oatly because of its popular Swedish oat milk and oat milk lattes. While it remains entirely vegan-based, note that it does contain a lot of artificial ingredients.
Dextrose, diglycerides and guar gum are just a few ingredients that may turn some health nuts away. But for those who love oat milk-based products, this one might be the top choice.
5. Halo Top Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Found at grocer’s nationwide, this is a consumer favorite. This version of Halo Top is not only dairy-free but also extremely low in calories (only 100 calories per ⅔ cup serving). Two major benefits of Halo Top are that it contains good amounts of protein (4 mg per serving) and calcium (10 mg per serving). This healthy alternative to dairy-based ice cream also gives you a significant energy boost.
There are plenty of dairy-free options for an anytime snack that won’t wreak havoc on the digestive system. The good news? Most of these non-dairy treats are loaded with flavor, so many consumers might not be able to tell if it’s made from cow’s milk or care. Either way, switching to dairy-free is beneficial for those who suffer from allergies, food intolerance and other digestive issues.
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