We all strive to make smart food choices. Recently the frozen yogurt market has seen a buzz of new options and many of us are inclined to choose the healthier ones. But what makes frozen yogurt so special? Yogurt has been advertised as a healthy meal substitute for a few years, and that’s actually true; due to its richness in calcium and protein. Moreover, it contains beneficial probiotics, and probiotics are healthy bacteria that reside in the digestive system especially the digestive tract (which is a good thing).
But Some people may wonder if frozen yogurt is just as good as plain yogurt for health or not. Maybe it is, but maybe it is not. Also, they may wonder does frozen yogurt have carbs? Continue reading to find the answers to these questions.
Frozen yogurt is a sweet blend made from milk, other yogurt cultures, some sugar, and different flavors that can be both artificial and natural. It is like ice cream in texture, but it usually contains less fat, that’s why frozen yogurt is very popular with people who start following low-fat diets.
One sought-after trait for all food products is having low percentage of fat, especially saturated fat, which is good. But frozen yogurt is not only low on fat. But, it also has high percentage of sugar, which translates into more calories. Another point is that, you can’t know easily how much probiotics each brand of yogurt has. And to make it harder, if by any chance, probiotics are heat treated at some phase while the yogurt being manufactured, then they turn completely dead. Dead probiotics don’t help you much. But you can check the label of the product; if you find it written that it contain live cultures, then that means that there are probiotics in it.
The nutritional components for yogurt changes based on fat percentage and flavors.
On one hand, half a cup of plain yogurt which is made with whole milk contains about 75 calories, 4 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat (of which 2.6 grams are saturated) and just less than 6 grams of carbohydrates, specifically as milk sugar (i.e. lactose). Also, it contains 148 mgs of calcium and 15 mgs of magnesium.
On the other hand, we find that a cup of flavored frozen yogurt has 110 calories, 2.6g of protein, 3g of fat (of which 2g are saturated), 19g of carbohydrates (mostly from added sugar), 87 mgs of calcium and 9 mgs of magnesium.
So, we conclude that frozen yogurt has more calories due to high percentage of sugar, and that it contains less calcium and magnesium than plain yogurt. Which means that it has carbs.
As for health perspective, natural yogurt is the winner, but if you crave sweets, then you can add toppings of fresh fruit in exchange for just a few more calories and lots of vitamins and micronutrients.
On the other hand, frozen yogurt is a dessert that looks a lot like ice cream. For some years now, as explained by the Consumer and User Protection Center of Bolzano, some specialized shops, ice cream parlors and supermarkets have also been offering it there. However, there is still no uniform legal definition for it. Frozen yogurt is presented as “healthier” and less caloric than traditional ice cream. In fact, frozen yogurt has a lower fat content, since, unlike ice cream made with cream, yogurt (low-fat) and skimmed milk are used for its realization.
However, it is not made of yogurt alone. In addition to skimmed milk, skimmed milk powder and yogurt powder, other prepackaged products are also used, such as emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, citric acid and other flavorings.
The sugar content, on the other hand, is comparable to that of traditional ice cream. Studies show that it is presented as a low-fat and therefore low-calorie product as a prepackaged product. Its creamy consistency is given to it thanks to a high air content, with a preparation similar to that used for soft-ice. Also, it is often garnished with toppings: fresh fruit of your choice, and nuts. Various creams or crumbled biscuits can be added on top of the yogurt. The actual calorie content of a frozen yogurt, therefore, also depends on the topping that is added to it.
Generally speaking, frozen yogurt contains less fat than ice cream. Half a cup of ice cream contains about 8 g of fat . The sugar content of frozen yogurt is very similar to that of ice cream and both contain little protein. Frozen yogurt also tends to contain less calcium than regular yogurt. Greek yogurt frozen desserts have recently entered the market. They contain slightly more protein than other frozen yogurts. Yet, they remain inferior to normal Greek yogurt which contains about 18 g per ¾ cup.
In the collective imagination, frozen yogurt has all the qualities that ice cream does not have. Low in calories and packed with calcium, it would be the ideal summer dessert for all those who dream of gourmet pleasures without taking a gram. Mistrust! Frozen yogurt is not necessarily such a good ally.
For dieticians and nutritionists, this “very fashionable” dessert is good for your health but can quickly become “misleading”. Because the first thing to know is that the majority of frozen yogurts are made from Greek yogurts. This is very smooth but very high in calories. This type of yogurt contains the equivalent of a tablespoon of oil and a lump of sugar, experts warn. In total, this dessert would be worth 180 kcal, which is twice as much as regular yogurt.
Second deceptive element: topping. Caramel, white chocolate, whipped cream or even caramelized peanuts. Sweets as good as they are sweet, which will raise the counter to nearly 300 kcal in the blink of an eye, against 120 kcal for a classic ice cream (this is not good). If you taste this dessert once in a while, it’s not dramatic, nutritionists confirm. But if we take it every day at the end of a meal, it is guaranteed to lead to weight gain.
Frozen yogurt is not all wrong. However, as our dietitians explain, yogurts contain lactic ferments. These are good for the intestinal flora. But you can take advantage of these properties without feeling guilty. We advise you to make your own frozen yogurt by choosing 0% Greek yogurt (90 kcal). To provide good fat and give a little nutty taste to your preparation, you can add half a teaspoon of roasted sesame and a little honey to sweeten it all.
On the topping side, we recommend adding raspberries or blueberries, or fruits packed with vitamins C and antioxidants.
The right recipe is as following:
To conclude, frozen yogurt contains carbs due to containing sugar. Also, keep in mind that it dos contain less fat than ice cream and portion size matters a lot!