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    I picked up some Arctic Zero frozen dessert in the grocery store the other night. Wondering if anyone here has tried it or what you think about its potential as a sensible vice. It's basically a protein shake presented in an ice cream format.

    The nutrition information listed on the carton seems pretty reasonable, and the ingredients are all pronouncable and seemingly natural. The company's website claims it's an all natural product and is gluten free and lactose-intolerant friendly.

    Ingredient list: purified water, whey protein concentrate, organic cane sugar, chicory root, guar gum, xantham gum, natural flavors, sea salt, monk fruit concentrate.

    Anyone tried it or think it's something to consider/avoid?

    http://www.myarcticzero.com/
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  • #2
    Times like these I like to ask myself... do I need an ice cream protein shake?

    I need fruit/veggies, I need meat/chicken/fish/eggs, I need coconut oil/evoo/butter.

    I don't need ice cream. I do best when I stop looking for "vices."

    Besides that, it has sugar! Anyway, that's my two cents. Totally up to you!

    What does it taste like anyway?
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    • #3
      It's got sugar....

      I'd have it *rarely* if
      1) it's super yummy - otherwise I'd have ben and jerry's or coconut milk ice cream (homemade)
      2) one's grain/sugar addiction has been overcome and eating a treat doesn't trigger binge-y behavior

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      • #4
        Thanks for the feedback! I wouldn't call it super yummy, but it's ok. Reminded me of a fudgesicle - more icy than creamy. I'd heard about it several months ago and was curious, but thought I could only order it online, and ordering something like that online seemed a little outlandish. When I saw it in the store, figured I'd try it. I don't think it's something I would buy regularly.

        Lodini, I like how you ask yourself "what do I need?" Seems very pragmatic. I think I'll start doing that too - maybe it will keep me out of the freezer section.
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        • #5
          Food is not just about health, we need to enjoy the act as well. There's nothing really bad with any one food, sans trans fats, and you could certainly apply it to your 20........the only problem I see is, if this leads to a higher consumption of nutritionally void foods and feeds a carb need (sugar) that inevitably lead to bingeing and overeating.......consume with caution, basically.
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          • #6
            Is it acceptable as part of 80%? Definitely not. It has a barcode and a list of ingredients.

            Is it better than most ice creams and maybe even most protein shakes? Seems like it, that's a short list of ingredients and nothing obviously toxic. Obviously not a daily consumption type of food.
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            • #7
              Sorry- nothing beats my raw primal gelato (which sadly I don't eat anymore since it's dairy). I might cheat one day soon and make some.

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              • #8
                I wouldn't think it'd be acceptable as primal.

                However, it was the one thing I'd purchased a bunch of pints of a few weeks prior to discovering and attempting to begin Primal, and it was the one non-primal thing I was eating at the beginning of my primalness On top of the non-primalness of the Arctic Zero, I ate it with peanut butter (I'd also just bought FOUR jars of Trader Joe's PB). I like the stuff.

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                • #9
                  WPC and a ton of gummy gunk to hold it together. Sounds gross.

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                  • #10
                    I am traveling on business and found some of this at Whole Foods. I know it's not 100% primal, but it's not a bad little treat. The whole pint is 150 calories, so you don't feel so guilty for indulging. I know the the PB police will cry blasphemer, but I enjoyed it. I would by it again from time to time for a little indulgence.

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                    • #11
                      My two cents: Arctic Zero is nasty. It tastes like a frozen protein shake. And since it's not primal, why bother? If you want ice cream, go get the real thing, rather than waste the sugar indulgence on something that doesn't really taste like what it is designed to LOOK like. Indulgence should be just that -- a rare, thoroughly enjoyed experience, not something you justify because the calories look right according to CW. Sorry, but you guys should enjoy the times when you choose to enjoy a certain food you don't eat every day, not try to get it to fit to some calorie restriction we don't worry about anyway, right?
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                      • #12
                        I tried it once. NEVER AGAIN. They took all the happy out. If you want all natural ice cream, go for Haagen Dazs 5, or Talenti Gelato.

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                        • #13
                          I just make protein pudding or fluff out of Membrane Micellar Casein powder from grass fed hormone free cattle. A scoop or two of protein and some berries in the stand mixer. Delicious
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ciavyn View Post
                            My two cents: Arctic Zero is nasty. It tastes like a frozen protein shake. And since it's not primal, why bother? If you want ice cream, go get the real thing, rather than waste the sugar indulgence on something that doesn't really taste like what it is designed to LOOK like. Indulgence should be just that -- a rare, thoroughly enjoyed experience, not something you justify because the calories look right according to CW. Sorry, but you guys should enjoy the times when you choose to enjoy a certain food you don't eat every day, not try to get it to fit to some calorie restriction we don't worry about anyway, right?
                            Ok, sorry. I will eat a pint of ice cream next time instead. I was just trying to get some attention.

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                            • #15
                              If it tastes good, eat it! However, it should be noted (since you listed the ingredients) that when a package declares "natural flavor" as one of its healthy ingredients, that's just another fancy way to group together a bunch of chemicals that you don't know about. "Artificial flavors" are made by combining chemicals. "Natural flavors" are made through distillation by using chemical agents & solvents on natural ingredients (which additionally may have been GMO). It's a fancy sleight-of-hand by food flavorists that the FDA current allows. Just know that "natural flavors" in your food are likely completely unnatural.

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