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Sugar-Free JELL-O Diet

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author image Michelle Powell-Smith
With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
Sugar-Free JELL-O Diet
Close-up of JELL-O cubes in a glass. Photo Credit James Knopf/iStock/Getty Images

Sugar-free JELL-O is a low-calorie addition to your weight loss diet. While eating nothing but sugar-free JELL-O would be quite unhealthy, JELL-O can provide you with an extremely low-calorie dessert option for your diet. Sugar-free JELL-O is allowed on most weight loss plans, including traditional calorie-controlled diets and low- or reduced-carbohydrate regimes.

Types

Sugar-free JELL-O comes in a wide variety of flavors, in both powered and prepared form. Powdered sugar-free JELL-O contains gelatin, artificial flavorings and artificial sweeteners, including aspartame and acesulfame potassium. Prepared sugar-free JELL-O cups are convenient, but more expensive than making your own. Both pre-packaged JELL-O cups and JELL-O made at home contain 10 calories per serving, according to LIVESTRONG's MyPlate.

Function

Sugar-free JELL-O offers a low-calorie snack or dessert option for dieters. If you have a tendency to snack on sweets, replacing ice cream or other high-calorie treats with sugar-free JELL-O may help you keep your total daily calorie intake within a desired range. You can also indulge in JELL-O snacks to reduce feelings of deprivation and add variety while dieting.

Considerations

Vary your JELL-O snacks and desserts by making JELL-O jigglers as a fun finger food, adding fruit to make a classic JELL-O mold or lightening up your favorite JELL-O salad recipe. Control calories in JELL-O salads by opting for fat free whipped topping or cream cheese when required by recipes and using fresh fruit or fruit canned in juice rather than heavy syrup.

Effects

Many high calorie snacks and treats are low in nutritional value and high in sugar, calories and fat. While replacing these foods with sugar free JELL-O may support healthy weight loss, you should not use sugar free JELL-O to replace foods rich in essential nutrients, like fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. Add sugar free JELL-O to a healthy calorie controlled diet as a treat, but focus on creating a balanced diet that includes at least 1200 calories each day.

Warning

If you prefer a diet centered around natural, unprocessed foods, you may not wish to include JELL-O desserts in your diet. Vegetarians will find sugar-free JELL-O an unacceptable choice, as will anyone who prefers to avoid artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. If you have chosen a diet that recommends sugar-free JELL-O, you may simply omit it without significantly impacting your daily calorie intake or nutrition.

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