Frozen Yogurt Vs. Ice Cream: A Comparison No One Gave You Before

The debate about frozen yogurt vs. ice cream is catching on like wildfire! While ice cream manufacturers proudly claim ice cream will always be the number one dessert option, frozen yogurt manufacturers are touting frozen yogurt is a healthier way to satiate your sweet tooth! So what's the truth?
How many ice cream lovers have shifted their loyalties to frozen yogurt, simply because they became conscious of the amount of weight they were putting on and decided to eat healthy? Most people believe that frozen yogurt is a healthier choice as compared to ice cream.

Today, frozen yogurt is considered to be as tasty a dessert as ice cream, thanks to the fact that it is served in several flavors and garnished with a variety of topping. Not only does this make frozen yogurt a great boon for those with a sweet tooth, it also makes for a brilliant option for those who are calorie conscious.

According to the research conducted by the leading North American market research company, NPD Group, ice cream forms 3.4% of all restaurant orders, while frozen yogurt corresponds to 0.4% of all restaurant orders of 2011. The health factor of frozen yogurt is raising its popularity across the globe.

However, what's the truth? Is frozen yogurt truly a healthy dessert option? Or is it just a tad healthier than ice cream? In this Buzzle article, we answer all your questions about this frozen delight, and also tell you who wins the battle between yogurt and ice cream.

Which is Better?Ice Cream Ball
Ice Cream
Flavored Frozen Yogurt
Frozen Yogurt
Fresh Yogurt
Yogurt
Main IngredientCreamYogurtMilk
Probiotic ContentNonePresentPresent
Fat10-18%0-4%0.5%-3.25%
Protein (1 cup)3-5 g5-9 g12-14 g
Sugar (1 cup)30-50 g20-45 g7-12 g
Calories (1 cup)120 onwards120 onwards100-120
Calcium (I cup)100-150 mg200-300 mg450-500 mg
VitaminVitamin B groupVitamin B groupVitamin B group
MineralIodine, PotassiumIodine, PotassiumIodine, Potassium
Lactose ToleranceNot DigestibleDigestibleDigestible

Final Verdict

Considering the three main factors: calories, fat and, sugar content, we can deduce:

Calories : Ice Cream = Frozen Yogurt > Yogurt
Fat : Ice Cream > Frozen Yogurt > Yogurt
Sugar : Ice Cream > Frozen Yogurt > Yogurt

Thus, the result of comparative analysis is:

Health Quotient : Yogurt > Frozen Yogurt > Ice Cream

Thus, we see that frozen yogurt is comparatively healthier than ice cream (provided you limit the toppings to low calorie ones), but less healthier than regular yogurt.

FroYo is not Health Food!

Ice cream and frozen yogurt are more or less the same in terms of nutritional value and calories gained. Neither of them is nutritious, but at the same time, both are yummy treats. So if you considered frozen yogurt as health food and thought frozen yogurt was just yogurt that is frozen, it's high time you renew your mind. Frozen yogurt is not a healthy alternative to ice cream. The high-calorie toppings, like brownies, cookies, candies, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, sugary syrups, etc., added to froYo doubles the total calorie intake. Having said that, consuming moderate amounts of FroYo is alright, however, overindulgence is unacceptable (especially by quoting its health benefits!) Many use the probiotic content of yogurt as a reason to indulge in it. However, if you are that keen on tapping the probiotic benefits, simply eat regular yogurt. Moreover, this gives you the chance to occasionally indulge in your favorite ice cream.

Ice cream Vs. Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients
The main ingredient in ice cream, without a doubt, is cream. Ice creams contain more than 10% milk fat and more than 20% milk solids. These days you also get low-fat ice creams, with half the fat content. Besides milk fat, ice cream also contains sweeteners, emulsifiers, stabilizers, gelatin, high fructose corn syrup, flavorings, water, and air. Air is what gives ice cream its volume.

The main ingredient in frozen yogurt is yogurt made from milk. It contains milk solids (8-15%), milk fats (6%), sweeteners, yogurt culture, emulsifiers, stabilizers, gelatin, high fructose corn syrup, flavorings, water, and air.

Sugar
The amount of sugar present in the ice cream varies from one brand to another. Nevertheless, one cup of ice cream will contain anywhere around 30-50 grams of sugar. Sugar-free ice creams are also available, which only contain the naturally-occurring sugar from milk; lactose (13 g). Some contain artificial sweeteners as well. But sugar-free ice creams will contain lots of artificial ingredients and additives to veil the lack of flavor, due to absence of sugar content.

Since frozen yogurt contains lesser fat content, manufacturers add extra sugar to improve its flavor and texture. The amount again varies from brand to brand and flavor to flavor. About 14-20 grams of sugar is generally present in one cup of frozen yogurt. However, certain brands even contain about 30-40 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to so many ice creams. Often labels are misleading and may state sugars in chemical terms, such as fructose, dextrose, maltodextrin, etc., which we tend to overlook due to lack of interest.

Calories
There are ice creams ranging from 150 to even 400 calories per serving. Low-fat ice creams contain a mere 90-120 calories in them.

A cup of frozen yogurt contains about 250-350 calories and increases depending on the kinds of toppings added. Fat-free frozen yogurt contains 90-100 calories.

Fats
Supermarket aisles are flooded with all kinds of ice cream varieties like regular, reduced fat, low fat, low carb, no added sugar, etc. Regular ice cream contains a minimum of 10% milk fat, while reduced fat ice creams contain 25% less fat. The low-fat ice creams we find contain 30% less fat than the regular kind. These days you find fat-free ice creams that contain less than 0.5% fat in a serving. However, one must be careful before falling for these tricks because when fat content is reduced, companies often increase sugar content.

Frozen yogurt on the other hand contains only 0-4% fat content. Fat-free frozen yogurt a mere 0-05% fat content. Low-fat frozen yogurt contains about 1-2% fat.

Probiotic Content
Probiotic content or live yogurt cultures implies the presence of good bacteria: Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus in yogurt. These bacteria convert the lactose in the milk to lactic acid. They also assist in proper digestion, boost immunity, fight gastrointestinal diseases, and have various other health benefits. Ice creams lack probiotic content, while frozen yogurt possess this important probiotic content.

There's no doubt about the health benefits of yogurt cultures. However, the amount of probiotic content in frozen yogurt is hardly 10 million as compared to the 100 million in frozen yogurt. Thus, frozen yogurt is not a good source of probiotic content. The amount of live cultures also varies from brand to brand. Moreover, several frozen yogurt manufacturers subject frozen yogurt to heat during its processing. This heat treatment kills all possible good bacteria or probiotic content. Thus, one needs to check the label for specifications regarding probiotic content. Sometimes these bacteria find it difficult to survive at the freezing temperatures that frozen yogurt is frozen to, however, some claim the low temperature only causes the bacteria to become dormant.

Lactose Tolerance
People who are lactose intolerant cannot digest dairy products such as milk, ice cream, etc. This is because their intestines do not produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which digests the lactose present in the milk. This results in indigestion and other discomforting symptoms.

Frozen yogurt on the other hand is something lactose intolerant people can consume. This is because the live cultures in the yogurt, digest the lactose in the milk, thereby enabling the person to digest yogurt easily.


Indulging in Healthier Alternatives

♦ Choose watermelon or strawberry-flavored ice cream or frozen yogurt. Since watermelon and strawberries are high in water content, they are slightly lower in calories.

♦ Choose the soft-serve ice cream variety because it contains lesser fat and more air, as compared to the scooped version. This means with every serve you are indulging in lesser calories than you normally would in a premium one. However, keep a tab on your serving size.

♦ Choose healthier toppings like fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, and unsweetened cereal, as this will limit your overall calorie intake and will also keep you fuller for longer.

♦ Choosing a small serving for both frozen yogurt or ice cream will help you curb the extra calorie intake, while satiating your sweet tooth as well. Moderation is the key!
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