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Frozen Yogurt vs Ice Cream


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Anyone know which is better, health wise?

There is an ice cream shoppe on my street and I usually go once a week. I live in Holland, so it's easy to indulge without going overboard - a small ice cream has a scoop tinier than a golf ball. Portion control is key for me - and it's also why most people here are very thin!

Anyways, I always get the yogurt option since I'm programmed to think it's healthier. It literally tastes like yogurt that has been frozen, where as the ice cream here is very gelato-esque. But I was thinking about it tonight. . . does 1/2 a cup of full fat / full sugar yogurt really have less calories / more health benefit than 1/2 cup of ice cream? Am I just fooling myself because it sounds healthier? [If it matters, both kinds are all organic / all natural - rarely anything in the stores / shoppes here are processed.]

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Frozen yogurt tends to be much lower in fat, calories and full of other nutrients. Sugar is still sugar but it's the extra stuff that makes it better for you. I know Pinkberry's standard flavors are fat free by default. Also, most fro yo is also probiotic. 

"healthy" requires a more strictly defined context. In the context of an active individual with a balanced diet who isn't constantly overeating, then neither is worse or better than the other. If you're talking strictly calories, then frozen yogurt could be the better choice. I personally love and regularly eat both (not so much frozen yogurt lately because, well, its rather hard to find here in Japan).

Neither of them is a health food, although yogurt can be lower in calories.

I wouldn't sweat it: Eat what you like, in reasonable amounts.  I prefer yogurt myself because I've never been a big fan of milk-fat (no, I don't really care for Ben & Jerry's), but I don't pretend it's "health food".  It's simply a matter of taste.

That's for the great info!

We are programed to believe that "fat free" or "low fat" is healthier; but in reality it is quite the opposite of what we ....want to believe.

In my bio class we actually did research on the myth of fat free foods and how food companies and media make consumers believe that they are healthier when they really aren't. 

With that in mind, frozen yogurt is lower in fat than ice cream; but sugar wise...not really.  And some yogurts are loaded with high fructose corn syrup.

Frozen yogurt is perhaps best viewed health-wise as being somewhere between real yogurt and ice cream. While it contains protein, the protein found in frozen yogurt is often as little as a third the amount found in regular yogurt, and roughly equivalent to that found in ice cream. While ice cream is quite high in fat – between 10 and 18% fat by weight – frozen yogurt varies more widely. It usually has less fat than a comparable ice cream, but higher amounts of fat and substantially more calories than a comparable yogurt. Fat-free frozen yogurts exist, but they often have even more added sugar than other varieties.

Depending on the brand of ice cream you get, frozen yogurt is better than some ice cream...but not by much.

I have found a great brand of yogurt/ice cream that isn healthy and one my nutritionist recommends.  It is Turkey Hill yogurt ice cream and it is amazing and on the healthy side. 

Original Post by dancerqueen1:

With that in mind, frozen yogurt is lower in fat than ice cream; but sugar wise...not really.  And some yogurts are loaded with high fructose corn syrup.

So is a lot of ice cream.

Bottom line: Read the ingredients and decide for yourself.

does anyone know where i can buy frozen yoghurt in the uk ?

i really want some :D

Original Post by tessgani26:

does anyone know where i can buy frozen yoghurt in the uk ?

i really want some :D

 I had a difficult time finding that while living abraod.  ....esp. in the UK.

Original Post by ootek:

So is a lot of ice cream.

Bottom line: Read the ingredients and decide for yourself.

 That is pretty much common sense and directed towards everyone.

Original Post by tessgani26:

does anyone know where i can buy frozen yoghurt in the uk ?

i really want some :D

Nandos! Bottomless frozen yogurt :) :) 

Original Post by alexandramr:

Original Post by tessgani26:

does anyone know where i can buy frozen yoghurt in the uk ?

i really want some :D

Nandos! Bottomless frozen yogurt :) :) 

I love that stuff! Yep...really useful input from me there :)

Original Post by bibby_86:

Original Post by alexandramr:

Original Post by tessgani26:

does anyone know where i can buy frozen yoghurt in the uk ?

i really want some :D

Nandos! Bottomless frozen yogurt :) :) 

I love that stuff! Yep...really useful input from me there :)

 Hi Kate!  :)

Original Post by dancerqueen1:

Original Post by bibby_86:

Original Post by alexandramr:

Original Post by tessgani26:

does anyone know where i can buy frozen yoghurt in the uk ?

i really want some :D

Nandos! Bottomless frozen yogurt :) :) 

I love that stuff! Yep...really useful input from me there :)

 Hi Kate!  :)

Only just seen this! Hey love..you ok? Loving Facebook photos by the by! x

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