If you think about it, people selling frozen yogurt and ice cream from behind the counter know what they are doing. They will sell one or both of the products at a single time. In some cases, they may combine the ice cream and frozen yogurt leaving customers to spend a large amount of time comparing the salted caramel frozen yogurt to the salted caramel ice cream.
You may not confront this type of problem in the typical “sweets store”; however, it can be useful to know how frozen yogurt differs from ice cream regarding nutritional value. This article will provide information on how much sugar is included in frozen yogurt, and you better be prepared for some surprises.
What Are The Primary Ingredients?
Ice cream is comprised of cream – a core ingredient that distinguishes it from frozen yogurt. In addition to the cream, it also includes egg yolk, sugar and milk. On the other hand, frozen yogurt is comprised of yogurt formed from milk (including milk fats and milk solids). Frozen yogurt also includes gelatin, corn syrup, emulsifiers, yogurt culture and flavorings.
What Is The Fat Content?
The availability of cream explains why ice cream has a higher fat content than frozen yogurt. A single serving of the average vanilla ice cream contains approximately 14 grams of fat. Average or “regular” may not be the term used on a package of ice cream; however, it is the way you will view ice cream when you view other packaging with terms such as “low fat”, “reduced fat” and “lower fat”. The regular ice cream container includes approximately 10 percent of milk fat.
Believe it or not, there are “low fat” and “no fat” versions of frozen yogurt – only available to keep the consumer on their toes. A non-fat version of frozen yogurt means there are no grams of fat in the product. Low fat frozen yogurt contains approximately 0 to 4 grams of milk fat.
What About The Probiotic Factor?
Ice cream does not include any probiotics, also known as yogurt cultures.
As suggested by the name, frozen yogurt products contain the same level of probiotics as found in traditional yogurt. However, there is a difference between the two items – frozen yogurt needs to be frozen and the probiotic strains do not always survive the freezing process. Based on the freezing of frozen yogurt, the probiotic effect on a healthy digestive system is removed. This is why frozen yogurt should not be utilized as a substitute for yogurt.
What About The Sugar Content?
Sugar content levels in ice cream will vary according to the ice cream brand. However, the average sugar content in a single-cup serving of ice cream is approximately 30 grams.
The average sugar content in a single-cup serving of frozen yogurt is approximately 15 to 40 grams. This means that, in some way, sugar content in frozen yogurt can rival that found in ice cream. Of course, as with ice cream, this sugar content level will vary according to the brand. Some manufacturers add more sugar to the frozen yogurt to improve the texture of the product, but this counteracts the tangy influence of any bacteria strains.
What About Calorie Content?
The use of cream in ice cream tilts the calorie scale dramatically. On average a single-cup serving will present approximately 267 calories.
When looking at frozen yogurt, it is found that a single-cup serving has approximately 214 calories. If you were to top the frozen yogurt with candy sprinkles, it would still be a healthier choice than the ice cream – or that is what consumers choose to believe. The reality of the situation is that placing frozen yogurt above ice cream regarding calories and sugar content is not correct as they are almost the same. Instead, it is recommended you reduce your yogurt intake to a half-cup serving.