Which would you choose?
In recent years, frozen yogurt has become a popular alternative to ice cream due to its reputation for being healthier. However, several factors need to be considered before deciding which frozen treat is best for you. Depending on the type of frozen yogurt and toppings you choose, ice cream may actually be the healthier choice.
Ice cream and frozen yogurt are both frozen treats made from dairy, but there is a significant difference that sets them apart. In order for a frozen treat to be labelled as ice cream, it must contain at least 10 percent fat. This requirement is usually met through the addition of cream. Premium ice cream can contain as much as 16 percent fat. Frozen yogurt is not made with cream and does not have a fat requirement. Instead it is made with cultured milk such as yogurt though pro-biotics do not survive the freezing temperatures.
Comparing the difference in the ingredients of ice cream and frozen yogurt, the main nutritional difference is the fat content. One medium serving of regular vanilla ice cream typically contains 275 calories, 5 grams of protein, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fat and 9 grams of saturated fat. One medium serving of regular vanilla frozen yogurt typically contains 221 calories, 5 grams of protein, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat.
If you’re watching your fat and calorie intake, you may opt for the frozen yogurt. However, the lower fat and calorie content may vary depending on your portion size and what you put into it. Frozen yogurt is commonly offered with many sugar and fat laden additions such as syrups, marshmallows and candy pieces. These will not only increase the fat content but also the sugar and calories.
If you choose to eat frozen yogurt, remember to still moderate your portion size and choose the healthier toppings. Choose toppings such as fresh fruit, granola and nuts to get the antioxidants, protein and fibre. These toppings will also likely be lower in calories, fat and sugar than other toppings. If you prefer ice cream, try decreasing your fat intake elsewhere in your diet to make up for the higher fat content.
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