Yogurt has been touted as a health food for some years, and that’s probably true because it’s an excellent source of calcium and protein. It also contains beneficial probiotics, which are friendly bacteria that can take up residence in your digestive tract (which is a good thing). But you may wonder whether frozen yogurt is just as good for you. Maybe, but maybe not.
Frozen yogurt is a sweet concoction made of milk, yogurt cultures, sugar, and flavorings that can be either artificial or natural. It’s similar to ice cream in texture but is usually lower in fat, so frozen yogurt became popular when people started following low-fat diets.
The nutrition information for yogurt varies a bit based on fat content and flavorings. One-half cup of plain yogurt made with whole milk has approximately 75 calories, 4 grams protein, 6 grams fat (2.6 grams of which are saturated fats) and just under 6 grams carbohydrates, mostly in the form of milk sugar or lactose. It also has 148 milligrams calcium and 15 milligrams magnesium.
Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream
What if you’re comparing frozen yogurt with ice cream? One-half cup of a typical brand of vanilla ice cream has 137 calories with about 7 grams fat (4.5 grams of that is saturated fat). It also has about 16 grams of carbohydrates from the added sugar, 2 grams protein, 84 milligrams calcium, and 9 grams magnesium. From a nutritional standpoint, about the only difference is the fat—there’s more fat in the ice cream.