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Posted by: 13251 (Guest), Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 1:41am
I'm type B, and according to the food recommendations, dairy is mostly OK for Type B.  Sugar is neutral depending on your secretor status.  Mix the two together and you can make ice cream.  What is puzzling is that ice cream is listed as an avoid food.

What is the rationale behind this?  I know many ice creams contain high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients that are avoids by themselves.  When I shop for ice cream, I only buy the natural recipes with just milk, cream, sugar, and flavorings as the only ingredients.  Aside from the fact that I can overindulge during the summer, what is the harm?
Posted by: brinyskysail, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 1:56am; Reply: 1
The serving size for sugar is 1 tsp.  Most ice creams have a minimum of about 13g of sugar per 1/2 cup serving - that's about 4 tsp.  Ice cream as an "every once in a while" splurge is probably fine if you have no adverse side effects from it, but it's probably an avoid because of the amount of sugar
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 2:03am; Reply: 2
When summer comes each year I definitely splurge and go to my favorite ice cream stand that serves Annabelle ice cream.  Slurp! (angel)
Posted by: leeyah87, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 2:12am; Reply: 3
Quoted from 13251
I'm type B, and according to the food recommendations, dairy is mostly OK for Type B.  Sugar is neutral depending on your secretor status.  Mix the two together and you can make ice cream.  What is puzzling is that ice cream is listed as an avoid food.

What is the rationale behind this?  I know many ice creams contain high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients that are avoids by themselves.  When I shop for ice cream, I only buy the natural recipes with just milk, cream, sugar, and flavorings as the only ingredients.  Aside from the fact that I can overindulge during the summer, what is the harm?


I agree with the fact that you are questioning the rationale behind a food being an "avoid" when its ingredients are "beneficial" and "neutral".  My problem with the TYPEbase and food charts is that it generalizes too much.  It's a bit misleading and does not help the learning process.  Rather, it's confusing!  To say that ice cream should be avoided is actually incorrect - it's the kind with loads of sugar.  Yes, the majority of store bought ice cream contains lots of sugar, but you could always make your own ice cream and control the amount of sugar.  The fact that ice cream in on the "avoid" list is such a general claim and may make people think that ice cream itself is not acceptable.  I understand that some foods, even though comprised of acceptable ingredients, will become avoids due to processing.  In these cases, the book should explain this for each food it lists in the charts.  For example, when I first started the BTD I was so confused about why I couldn't eat olives, but that olive oil was highly beneficial.

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 2:37am; Reply: 4
I also think it has to do with the typical serving size of ice cream vs the  recomended serving size of sugar per day.  I'll let my B son have the occasional serving of all-natural ice cream. But then I let him eat avoids on occasion as well (for special occasions, away from home, when I'm not there to police his food intake anyway.) It's easy to overdo the sugar portions with many recipes in the typebase- cookies, cakes, etc.

IMO, ice cream shouldn't be on the food list at all- it should just contain ingredients and  then we use our judgement about how to put things together (unless there's something specific about how the food processing changes the food, such as various cheeses vs milk, or almonds vs almond milk.) As far as I know, ice cream isn't listed on genotype diet or in SWAMI (Dr D's more recent works.) I have noticed that the food lists got simpler and easier to understand as the books came out, with SWAMI being the easiest to follow and understand. The food categories in Eat Right were downright confusing!

If you eat ice cream, you pretty much have 3 options: make your own low-sugar variety, limit yourself to about 1/4 cup for the day, or eat a nice sized portion but be conscious of the fact that it's WAY more sugar than you should be having.
Posted by: Kristin, Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 3:02am; Reply: 5
You can also easily make your own ice cream and then be in complete control of the ingredients using compliant sweeteners, etc. I love homemade goats milk ice cream! Much better than any store-bought ice cream.  :D
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