Frozen desserts are perfect during warmer weather and whenever you need to indulge in a sweet treat. While the satisfaction you get from these delectables dishes is the same, there are differences between ice cream and other frozen desserts, namely yogurt.
Frozen yogurt AKA fro-yo is often labeled as a healthier choice than traditionally creamy ice cream. But, is that really the better option? While ice cream is cream-based, frozen yogurt is made from cultured milk, which is categorized as healthy. Let’s take a look at all the other contents.
Yogurt is touted to be healthy because of the probiotics, which is known to help maintain the balance of good bacteria in your digestive system that also helps boost the immune system. Check the label for “live cultures” claim to see if your frozen yogurt contains probiotics.
In an article featured on CNN, California-based nutritionist, Dana Kofsky said that probiotics alone aren’t enough to make fro-yo a “health” food. “People don’t realize that it often has more sugar than ice cream,” she said. Frozen yogurt contains roughly 17 grams of sugar per half-cup serving while ice cream only has about 14 grams for the same serving size. Sugar is added to get rid of the tart taste that yogurt has.
Ice cream, on the other hand, contains more fat. According to USDA, there are roughly seven grams per serving in ice cream compared to four grams in fro-yo. Having fat content isn’t necessarily bad when consumed in reasonable amounts. Fat can slow the body’s digestion of sugar, which in return will satisfy you more. The sugar substitutes often added to frozen yogurt in the absence of fat can lead to a blood sugar spike and crash, or even digestive issues and bloating.
Frozen yogurt looks like a healthier option if you’re comparing calories and fat levels, but it doesn’t help if you eat an entire pint and add an abundance of toppings to it. At the end of the end day, the best choice between the two is one that will totally satisfy you. The key to making both desserts a healthier choice is to enjoy it in moderation.
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