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The Committee on Food and Nutrition of the American Diabetes Association has received numerous reports and inquiries from individual physicians, as well as the Director of the Bureau of Nutrition of the City of New York, concerning the composition and advertising claims being made for certain brands of "diabetic" or "dietetic" ice creams. In some instances the patients' interpretation of the advertising statements about these products was to assume that they could eat as much as they pleased. Physicians have reported 3 consequences: an initial gain in weight by many patients, provocation of glycosuria, and continuous gastrointestinal upsets.
A comparison of the food value of standard ice cream and so-called diabetic ice creams may often reveal that the differences are so small as to challenge the usefulness of the product. Small variations in portion size easily could eliminate any difference. In one specific instance, a comparison of standard ice cream
"Diabetic" and "Dietetic" Ice Creams. JAMA. 1961;176(12):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.63040250029036a