Ice Cream versus Frozen Yogurt

Ice cream is simply not evil. Everyone knows that ice cream is desert, it’s a treat, it’s sweet, and nobody tries to pretend that eating ice cream is somehow an exercise in nutrition. Ice cream has about 100-to-140 calories for every ½ cup (4 ounce) serving. When you buy an ice cream cone you’ll typically be getting about 100 calories. On the other hand, a 20 ounce ice cream drink will sock you with over 500 calories, a sugar buzz and a bad “sugar crash” 1 hour later. But everyone knows this, there is no mystery; when eating ice cream you’re eating a treat, and moderation is the key.

A pet peeve of mine is not ice cream, its frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt has many people fooled. They think that somehow all “yogurt” is healthy. They’re wrong! Frozen yogurt typically has gobs of added sugar and often more calories than ice cream! I see people diligently avoiding the ice cream stand but lining up for a 16 ounce cup of frozen yogurt, thinking that this means they’re health conscious. Not true. While there is some protein in frozen yogurt (about the same amount as in ice cream), there are more than 200 calories per cup, or close to 400 calories in a 16 ounce serving. And the probiotic benefit from natural yogurt with “active cultures” is essentially missing.

My advice is to skip the frozen yogurt altogether and simply grab yourself the serving of the ice cream you really want as a treat. Don’t try to convince yourself that somehow a super sweet, frozen yogurt desert, constitutes a healthy choice.

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