Q&A: Frozen Yogurt Versus Traditional Ice Cream
Q: Am I making a healthier choice by eating frozen yogurt instead of ice cream?
A: Not necessarily. Compared to the average yogurt found in your fridge, the frozen treat has a third of the protein. It also contains less enzymes and probiotics, and it's significantly higher in sugar.
Ice cream typically contains more fat than frozen yogurt, but the sugar content between the two is similar. In some cases, frozen yogurt contains more sugar than ice cream. Examples:
|1/2 Cup Servings||Calories||Fat (g)||Sugar (g)|
|Starbucks low-fat ice cream (latte)||170||3||23|
|Ben & Jerry's frozen yogurt (latte)||190||2.5||23|
|TCBY fat-free soft-serve||110||0||20|
|TCBY low-fat frozen yogurt||140||2||20|
If you love ice cream, enjoy it in small portions. The same is true for frozen yogurt. For the healthiest frozen treat, freeze your favorite kind of traditional yogurt. You can add in healthy toppings like fresh fruit or chopped nuts for flavor. You'll get the same effect without the high calorie and sugar content.
About The Author
Amanda Carlson-Phillips – Amanda Carlson-Phillips is the Vice President of Nutrition and Research of Athletes' Performance. As a registered dietitian, she has provided educational seminars and individual counseling to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations.