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FROZEN YOGURT VS. ICE CREAM – The Great Debate Unraveled

FROZEN YOGURT VS. ICE CREAM – The Great Debate Unraveled

When comparing fro-yo to ice cream, there are some stark contrasts between the two. Ounce for ounce, apples to apples, yogurt has less calories and fat. So what’s the big freakin’ difference?

The difference between ice cream and frozen yogurt?
(1 cup serving of vanilla flavored dessert)**

Calories*

Protein

Fat

Carbs

Calcium

gms

gms

gms

% DV+

Frozen Yogurt-low fat

240

8

4

44

40

 Frozen Yogurt-non fat

200

6

0

46

20

 Ice Cream-Regular (store bought)

280

4

14

32

12

 Ice Cream-1/2 Fat (store bought)

200

4

7

30

12

 Ice Cream (from a specialty ice cream shop)

500

8

30

50

30

*Add 100-200 calories per cup to flavored ice cream and for each 1-2 ounces of many ‘mix-ins’ in yogurt
**Source info: labels and frozen yogurt information for soft serve. These values can vary greatly with flavor and brand.
Daily value=1000 mg calcium                                                 Chart provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado

The Skinny on Yogurt

photo 1Fro-yo has ice cream licked when it comes to nutritional benefits. Let’s first talk composition. Fro-yo is mostly made from milk (solids and fats) and yogurt culture as compared to ice cream which is typically made from heavy cream. Yogurt is also lower in fat and calories. In addition, fro-yo has another significant benefit over ice cream – probiotics. Probiotics are a beneficial form of bacteria. They are found in yogurt and other fermented products and aid in the digestion of food. Although it is questionable as to which yogurts have probiotics (some may not survive the freezing process), some south Florida stores such as Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt offer only yogurt that has been awarded the Live and Active Culture Seal by the National Yogurt Association.

 

A Hot Climate Calls for a Cool Healthy Treat

With the speed of a hurricane sweeping across the Atlantic, the fro-yo obsession has taken south Florida by storm. Having grown up in N.Y., and living in L.A. for over fifteen years, and Aventura for the past five, Chris Hess, Owner of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Aventura can say with reasonable certainty, “South Florida rivals perhaps only L.A. when it comes to health obsessed, nutrition conscious people. That combined with a year-round climate which is conducive to bikinis, board shorts and other clothing that leaves little to the imagination; the chance to offer a healthy alternative to ice cream seemed like a no-brainer.”

Here to Stay

photo 2

Growing from a mere $25 million in sales in the 80’s to an estimated $2.5 billion in 2012 there is no doubt frozen yogurt is here to stay. That is good news for south Floridians. If you have not yet sampled the new generation of frozen yogurt you just might be in for a surprise.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Aventura located in the newly renovated Town Center Aventura at 18839B Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, FL 33180 (Publix & Party City Shopping Center) is at the forefront of the fro-yo revival. Menchie’s offers its own Private Label Collection of flavors made from milk that is rBST-Free and the entire line is certified kosher and carries the Live and Active Culture Seal by the National Yogurt Association.

 

 

 

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One comment

  1. Great article. I'll be sticking to yogurt.