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Halo Top Ice Cream On Keto Diet: What You Need To Know

When you are following a keto diet, you might think that things like cakes, sweets and ice cream are a thing of the past. Even when all you want to do is eat some ice cream on a hot day and enjoy the sun. 

The good news is, your wish is becoming true, low-carb ice cream does exist. 


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Halo Top is one of the leading brands of ice cream in the United States that has created a keto line.

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But, you may be wondering, is it really keto and can you really consume it on the keto diet? Keep on reading to find out. 

What is Halo Top?

Halo Top is an ice cream company and brand that produces light ice cream with fewer calories, higher protein, and less sugar than traditional ice cream. 

Halo top was founded around 2011 by the former attorney Justin Woolverton who experimented with the formula of the ice cream until he got it just right. Today the company is run by Justin Woolverton as a president and another former attorney Doug Bouton, who he met at an amateur basketball game, as a COO. 

On June 12, 2012, the company was officially launched in Los Angeles with four original flavors and started selling throughout the United States. Currently Halo Top has 46 flavors of light ice cream they are now spreading their ice cream internationally to countries like New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

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Does Halo Top have a Keto line of ice cream?

Yes, in January of this year, Halo Top introduced a keto ice cream line with seven flavors keto followers can choose from: Peanut Butter Chocolate, Caramel Butter Pecan, White Chocolaty Macadamia Nut, Berry Swirl, Chocolate Cheesecake, Jelly Donut, and Banana Pie.

How many lines of ice cream does Halo Top have?

Halo Top has four lines of ice cream available: Dairy Ice Cream line with 21 flavors, Dairy-Free Ice Cream line with 7 flavors made with coconut milk, Keto Ice Cream line with 7 flavors, and Ice Cream Pops line with 9 flavors.

Nutritional Facts

Since Halo Top has their keto ice cream line, here are the nutritional facts of all the products in this line.

The information below is based on one container of ice cream which is 255 grams. 

ProductCaloriesFat ProteinTotal CarbsFiberNet CarbsErythritol
Banana Cream Pie500 kcal41 gram19 grams44 grams12 grams8 grams24 grams
Berry Swirl410 kcal29 grams17 grams49 grams10 grams8 grams31 grams
Caramel Butter Pecan460 kcal35 grams19 grams46 grams14 grams5 grams27 grams
Chocolate Cheesecake470 kcal37 grams20 grams49 grams13 grams10 grams26 grams
Jelly Donut450 kcal33 grams18 grams44 grams11 grams7 grams26 grams
Peanut Butter Chocolate630 kcal54 grams22 grams44 grams13 grams8 grams23 grams
White Chocolaty Macadamia460 kcal36 grams19 grams45 grams11 grams8 grams26 grams

Halo Top Keto Ice Cream Ingredients 

The ingredients in the keto line have a similar base, and then the flavor is added to it. 

Here are the common ingredients of all the products in the Halo Top keto line: ultrafiltered skim milk, cream, erythritol, eggs, soluble corn fiber, chicory root fiber, cellulose gel, cellulose gum, sea salt, stevia leaf extract, vegetable glycerin and  natural flavors.

In the table below we have listed the added ingredients in each product.

ProductIngredients
Banana Cream Piechocolate swirl, sunflower lecithin, banana base, cannoli pieces
Berry Swirlstrawberry puree, strawberry swirl, blueberry swirl, blueberry base
Caramel Butter Pecancaramel swirl, roasted pecans
Chocolate Cheesecakehigh fat cocoa, cheesecake pieces, sugar, cream cheese, butter, water, white rice flour, pure vanilla extract, sunflower lecithin, lemon peel
Jelly Donutstrawberry swirl, donut pieces, sugar, butter, water, tapioca starch.
Peanut Butter Chocolatepeanut butter cups, coconut oil, inulin, sugar, cocoa, peanut oil, cocoa, soy lecithin, vanilla extract, milk, chocolate swirl, peanut butter base
White Chocolaty Macadamiasugar cookie flavored base, white confectionary chunks, macadamia nuts

What Are The Sweeteners Used In Halo Ice Cream?

You may be wondering how did Halo Top manage to create ice creams with such low levels of net carbs. The answer lies in their sweeteners. They use as little sugar as possible, and they try to incorporate stevia and erythritol in their products instead.

What is Stevia?

Stevia is a plant-based sweetener and sugar substitute that is derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant that is native to Brazil and Paraguay. 

It has active ingredients called steviol glycosides that give it its sweet taste. Stevia is 30-150 times sweeter than common sugar. (*)

They are also the reason why stevia doesn’t have any carbs or calories. The body is unable to metabolize the active ingredients it has. 

What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that is found in some fruits and it is used as a sugar substitute and a food additive. Erythritol is a unique sugar alcohol because it behaves differently than most sugar alcohols when it is consumed. (*)

Erythritol behaves like a fiber, and the body cannot absorb it. So, even though technically 1 teaspoon of erythritol has 4 grams of carbs, none of those carbs get absorbed in the blood. 

Is Halo Top Keto Ice Cream Healthy?

Consuming low-carb and low-calorie ice cream such as Halo Top ice cream is okay, as long as you eat it in moderation.

While Halo Top is using healthier sugar alternatives like stevia and erythritol, it is still a highly processed food, so while it is a healthier option in comparison to regular ice cream brands, it is not exactly a “health food”.

Can You Eat Halo Top Ice Cream On The Keto Diet?

Halo Top’s keto line of ice creams opens a new page for those who follow a low carb diet. With a low carb content per serving, you can easily incorporate Halo Top Keto ice creams into your low-carb diet if you want to. 

That being said, you should still watch the serving sizes, especially if your goal is to lose weight. 

Halo Top Keto line is low in net carbs, it is still a highly processed food and therefore it should be avoided for those who follow a strict keto diet, but it is fine and manageable for those doing dirty keto or lazy keto.

There are many keto ice cream recipes you can make from home which is more strictly keto-approved because you can easily control what ingredients you put in it.

Where To Buy?

You can look for the Halo Top keto flavors in your local grocery store, and you can also search for nearby stores or online retailers on their website.  

Bottom Line:

Is Halo Top ice cream keto-friendly?

Halo Top has a keto line that is low in carbs, but is not strictly keto-friendly as it contains some non-keto ingredients. It is more suitable for those who follow a low-carb diet.

How many net carbs do Halo Top Keto ice creams have?

The Halo Top Keto line of ice creams have net carbs starting from 5 grams to 10 grams per container (255 grams).

Conclusion

Halo Top’s Keto line of low-carb and low-calorie ice creams is something that can be incorporated in a keto diet in moderation and with caution by those who are not following a strict keto diet. 

It is a great way to refresh yourself and satisfy your sweet tooth without it affecting your ketosis.

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