My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 30

Skip the cone

Skip the cone

Weight: 160.5 lb (72.9 kg)

Transgressions: exceeded veggie max by 1.5 oz, and nut max by 0.5 oz

Exercise: 90 minutes horseback riding (mostly walking),  horse grooming


A friend told me about Breyers Carb Smart Chocolate Frozen Dairy Desert.  It’s in the ice cream section of the supermarket, comes in an ice cream container, but they don’t call it ice cream.  Sweetened with Splenda, it’s marketed for use as part of a low-carb diet and has five grams of net carbs per serving.  The one-half cup serving size contains:

  • 110 calories (60 fat calories)
  • total carbs 15 g, fiber 4 g, sugars 5 g, sugar alcohol 6 g
  • ingredients: milk, skim milk, cream, sorbitol, polydextrose, cocoa (processed with alkali), whey, glycerine cellulose gel, propylene glycol monoesters, mono and digylcerides, etc.

It tastes fine.  You could serve it to houseguests as ice cream and they’d never know.  I didn’t have regular Breyers ice cream available for a head-to-head comparison, but I expect the real deal tastes better.

I’m conflicted about recommending an imitation ice cream to someone who may be a carbaholic and trying to lose weight and keep it off.  Ice cream has contributed to overweight in many folks.  Could imitation ice cream lead them to “fall off the wagon”?  On the other hand if someone has been doing well with very low-carb eating for several weeks and is just dying for something cold and sweet, wouldn’t this be better than real ice cream?



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5 responses to “My Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet: Day 30

  1. Steve

    No it wouldn’t. (IMO)

    All the past and present reading I’m doing (including AMD and this blog) convinces me more and more that following the MD is the way to go (for me). Perhaps as a Cretan living by the seaside (more fish). Am not a big fan of snails (only had twice), but am keen to grow some purslane (ALA Omega 3).

    Considering the KMD, the SKMD and Paleo -which I have considered lately in a new light, thanks to you – I don’t think it’s for me. I’d be as bold to say it’s not for most people (would it be too arrogant to consider that it’s not the way humans were designed to eat? Guess it depends, in part, in one’s view of ancient history, how God designed us, and what part the fall plays in diet change).


    I am convinced that I’d rather follow a low carb (or call it Paleo) diet – by this I mean: fruits, veggies, wild greens, nuts, fish and lean meat such as kangaroo (guess where I’m from?), and skipping the grains, legumes and oils. Game meat is lean meat remember.

    I would rather follow the above, than the commercial, American low carb, where they do the same thing as the low fat craze did – i.e. package up processed junk that’s total crap and call it food.

    I am beginning to think that the best dietary advice is the cry to use natural food. Yes, to be thankful that good processing is available (frozen veg, canned fish). But these packets of chemical potions – no way.

    I’d rather any macronutrient ratio (high carb/low fat; low carb; high fat etc) based on natural food, than any diet based on processed junk.

    Just my rant and rave!

    I think AMD emphasises real food very well, and it certainly provides a way for our modern cultures to follow the principles without learning a new way of life.

    PS. Yep, no joke – those cute little kangaroos are in the supermarket these days, thankfully. Excellent source of iron – extremely low sat fat.

  2. Steve Parker, M.D.

    I appreciate your opinions, Steve!

    I would definitely try kangaroo, given the chance. But not likely in the U.S.


  3. Steve

    Thought you’d be up for giving it a go! 🙂

    It’s great: It’s as many calories as it is grams (e.g. a nice sized 200g serving gives you 200 calories).
    As low as lean chicken breast in fat and sat fat (slightly lower), but you get to enjoy RED meat!
    150g serve gives you 55% of Australian RDI for iron. A bit of Omega 3. CLA is there too. Zinc in good measure – and that 150g serve gives you 100% for B12!

    Interesting fact: you can’t farm raise kangaroo.

    I imagine game meat is similar elsewhere? You guys eat bison right? What else? Is it similar?


  4. Steve Parker, M.D.

    Hey, Steve.

    I’ve had a bison burger – tasted like lean hamburger. Bison and other game animals as food are hard to come by in the U.S. unless you hunt. I suspect bison on restaurant menus are farm-raised.

    150 g of bison, grass-fed, ground meat, has 270 cal. 4.5 g sat fat, 14 g total fat, cholesterol 105 g, 41% of daily B12, 18% of dialy iron. More details at NutritionData, if the link works:

    Yes, meat from game animals generally is lower in fat than domesticated animal meat.