Frozen yogurt has become a popular alternative to ice cream due to its reputation for being healthier. However, several factors need to be considered before deciding which frozen treat is best for you. Dessert is my favorite meal by far and I love both ice cream and frozen yogurt, but is one truly healthier than the other?


“One of our favorite places to go for a frozen yogurt treat is Menchie’s in Gilbert, said Niquie Robbins, Administrative assistant and mother. “I was very excited recently to see that they offer Farm Bureau members a discount at their Gilbert Gateway location.”


Since the difference in the ingredients of ice cream and frozen yogurt is cream, the main nutritional difference is the fat content.


Let’s compare the nutritional value:

One cup of ice cream                                      One cup of regular vanilla frozen yogurt                                                          

275 calories                                                     221 calories           

5 grams of protein                                           5 grams of protein

31 grams of carbohydrates                              38 grams of carbohydrates

15 grams of fat                                                6 grams of fat

9 grams of saturated fat                                  4 grams of saturated fat

If you're watching your fat and calorie intake, you may opt for frozen yogurt.  Remember to moderate your portion size and choose the healthier toppings, such as fresh fruit, granola and nuts to get the antioxidants, protein and fiber. These toppings will also likely be lower in calories, fat and sugar than other toppings. Enjoy dessert!


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