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Because my father lives next door to me, has IBS, and is watching his lactose, and because I cook meals at my place for him on the weekends, I have been buying lactose free ice creams lately.  In making these purchases one must distinguish between the Non Dairy Ice Creams on the market, which are typically made from Almond Milk, and the genuine Lactose Free Cow's Milk Ice Creams.

A good example of the former is Ben and Jerry's, which is making a line of Non Dairy Ice Creams with almond milk.  These are not low in calories or sugar:

It's a good product but if you think you are doing anything to cut calories as well as lactose, forget it.  You are just losing the lactose.
The more interesting choice is Rebel, which is sold at Big Y, and has no sugar or lactose, but full fat, and is 180 calories per 2/3 cup as opposed to 320 for Ben and Jerry.  This is mainly because the product uses a natural sweetener called erythitol- a sugar alcohol, no sugar, no lactose and full fat.  I have tried several of the flavors and like the Salted Caramel the best.  I did not like the Mint Chip or Cookie Dough as much, although normally I like all 3 of those flavors.
What are your picks for non-dairy and lactose free ice creams?
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I stay the heck away from sugar alcohols, though they may work fine for you. “Erythritol side effects typically include digestive problems and diarrhea. It may also cause bloating, cramps, and gas. Additionally, erythritol and other sugar alcohols frequently result in more water in the intestines, causing diarrhea.”

My father and I haven't had any issues with the Rebel Ice Cream. Ben and Jerry's Non Dairy Almond Milk Ice Cream uses good old fashioned sugar, so no such worries would exist. I like the taste of it, but the texture of Almond Milk Ice Cream is different. Lactose Free Cow's Milk ice cream is truer to the texture of other Cow's Milk ice creams.

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My father has been aggressively trying just about every lactose free and non dairy ice cream on the market and he decided on two that he really likes.  The first is Ben and Jerry Creme Brulee Cookie Non-Dairy Ice Cream, made with Sunflower Milk:

The second is Planet Oat's Blueberry Crumble which is made with Oat Milk:

For those of you who were offended by my post about Rebel Ice Cream which is using a sugar substitute (albeit a natural one), both of the above products are using real sugar as are other ice creams.  I have tried both of these products and they are pretty good, although I prefer regular ice cream.


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