Fat-Burning Ice Cream Is A Thing Now And We're Confused

Ice cream that can burn fat — yes, ice cream that can burn fat — sounds way too good to be true. But Rebel Creamery thinks they've done it. The company claims to have manufactured a product that answers all dieters' prayers by helping your body burn fat while you eat dessert.

Low-carb fanatics have taken on the challenge of creating carb-free comfort foods before, but never with ice cream. Rebel Creamery is the very first high-fat, low-sugar ice cream — and it should be available by April 2018.

Each half-cup serving has less than 3 grams of net carbs, with zero added sugar. It also contains 60-91 grams of dietary fat — rivaling, and sometimes exceeding, the fat content of regular, non-diet ice cream.

But if you ask proponents of the ketogenic diet, fat consumption isn't the problem. It's carbs. And this ice cream has almost none.

The ketogenic diet, or "keto diet" is based on the idea that you can force your body into ketosis — a state where it releases ketones and burns fat for fuel. In order to achieve ketosis, you can eat very few carbohydrates per day. Most keto diets set their limit at 15 grams, which would take just one half of a large banana to exceed. You could, however, eat 5 servings of this ice cream and remain keto-compliant.

The entrepreneurs got the idea after seeing how extensively the keto community has been griping about Halo Top, the diet-friendly ice cream company that has been dominating the freezer aisle since they started outselling Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs. At less than 360 calories per pint, they claim to be the ultimate healthier ice cream brand due to their low-fat, low-calorie product. But keto dieters criticize Halo Top for their added sugars and ingredients such as flour, molasses, and corn syrup that aren't keto-compliant.

The fat-fueled keto crowd has rallied behind Rebel Creamery, and the startup has already more than doubled its original crowd-funding goal. The first four flavors available after the company's launch will be vanilla bean, chocolate, peanut butter fudge, and cookie dough.

Rebel Creamery claims that these flavors mirror real, traditional ice cream in creaminess and texture. They hope that the creamy, rich nature of their ice creams will supply dieters with a less watery and more satisfying alternative to typical ice cream.

Ice cream with no sugar sounds healthy enough to eat for breakfast. However, these high-fat, low-sugar products might not actually help you to lose weight. Nutrition experts have been debating the keto diet for some time, and have provided no decisive answer as to whether it works to promote fat loss. Plus, eating the ice cream won't immediately burn the fat off your body. Even if the keto diet did make people lose weight — which, again, is questionable at best — the ice cream alone wouldn't do it. You'd have to follow the immensely restrictive ketogenic diet full-time, as well. So no, this ice cream alone does not burn fat.

Indulging in diet products like this one, or even Halo Top, is completely benign and won't harm your health goals. However, it's probably not going to help you get the body you want, either. Like any other food, it's going to give you some nutrients that your body will use — and that's it. No magic fat-burning effect. No melting of your belly.

If you can't wait for the release of this ice cream but still want to indulge in some sugar-free treats, here are some no-sugar-added cookie recipes you should try ASAP.