Halo Top Releases New Keto Series—Here's How It Stacks Up to the Competition
There aren't many keto-friendly ice cream brands on the market right now; Enlightened and Rebel Creamery are two of the most well-known ice cream brands that offer keto collections. Now, the ice brand that rose to stardom for its low-calorie ice cream pints announced just last week that it launched a new line of high fat, low-carb ice cream.
Halo Top calls it the Keto Series and as of right now there are seven flavors you can sample.
- Peanut Butter Chocolate (630 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
- Caramel Butter Pecan (460 calories and 5 grams net carbs per pint)
- Chocolate Cheesecake (470 calories and 10 grams net carbs per pint)
- Jelly Donut (450 calories and 7 grams net carbs per pint)
- Berry Swirl (410 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
- Banana Cream Pie (500 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
- White Chocolaty Macadamia Nut (460 calories and 8 grams net carbs per pint)
You'll notice that this series contains almost double the calories of its normal line of ice cream, which usually clocks in anywhere between 280 and 360 calories per pint. Net carbs, remember, are the carbohydrates that your body actually digests and you calculate it by subtracting the grams of fiber, as well as grams of sugar alcohols divided by two (if there are any), from the total number of carbs.
So, how does Halo Top compare to its number-one competitor, Enlightened?
There are only three servings in this pint of ice cream so, if you were to devour the whole pint, it would cost you a total of 630 calories, 25 grams of saturated fat, 510 milligrams of sodium, and 8 grams of net carbs. For perspective, when you're on the keto diet, it's ideal to aim for eating a maximum of 20 net carbs per day in order to enter ketosis.
Notice there are four servings of this ice cream in every pint and if you were to finish off the whole container in one sitting, you'd be consuming 760 calories, 40 grams of saturated fat, 180 milligrams of sodium, and only about four grams of net carbs.
Both brands contain 8 grams of sugar alcohols per serving, both of which also exclusively use the sugar alcohol erythritol, which isn't digested by the body at all. This means that the sugars alcohols can be subtracted from the total amount of carbs in full as opposed to being divided in half. Enlightened has half of the net carbs per pint than Halo Top does, but Enlightened also packs 130 more calories and 15 more grams of saturated fat per pint. On the other hand, Halo Top packs almost three times the sodium per pint.
In short, it really just depends on how many net carbs you have to spare and how many servings of ice cream you're planning on eating. In general, we'd say to opt for Halo Top over Enlightened, due to the fact that there's considerably less saturated fat, which is the type of fat that's linked to cardiovascular disease. And for more ways to stick to this diet, here are 25 Keto Vegetables That Keep You In Ketosis When You're Eating Low-Carb.