To receive the Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval, a 1/2-cup serving of ice cream must have no more than 150 calories, 5 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. It must also not exceed 100 milligrams of sodium.
A Diabetic Living taste test chose 13 ice cream brands that met the criteria for both nutrition and taste. Some of the ice creams that survived the challenge were Breyers Smooth & Dreamy 1/2 Fat Creamy Vanilla and Chocolate flavors, as well as Blue Bunny Hi Lite Vanilla and Chocolate.
The American Diabetes Association indicates that any sweets eaten should be small servings. It is important to eat sweets, such as ice cream, with a meal in order to keep blood glucose levels at an acceptable level. These servings should be substitutions for other foods as a part of a diabetic's target carbohydrate range per meal, as set forth by his doctor.