How Healthy Is Frozen Yogurt?

How Healthy Is Frozen Yogurt?

August 1, 2016   10 Comments

Frozen yogurt places have sprouted up like weeds in these parts. How healthy is frozen yogurt or froyo?

The advertisement above for our nearest chain “Sweet Frog” states “Healthy Treats can Be Sweet!” and I believe most people believe that froyo is a healthy choice when compared to ice cream.

What is true is that it has far less fat per serving than ice cream.

Here is the nutritional information from ½ cup of tart apple frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog:

100 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 18 g sugar, 2 g protein, 0 g fiber, 5 mg sodium, 5 SmartPts

Here is the nutritional information from ½ cup of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream:

130 calories, 7 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 14 g carbohydrates, 14 g sugar, 2 g protein, 0 g fiber, 35 mg sodium, 7 SmartPts

Froyo has 7 grams less fat than ice cream but it has 4 grams more sugar!

Some would say it is healthier because it has active yogurt cultures – which I think is nice – but I don’t think it makes froyo WAY more healthy than ice cream.

What about the fat in the ice cream? Fat can slow the body’s digestion of sugar, meaning you’ll feel more satisfied and won’t experience a blood sugar spike like you might with a swirl of sweetened yogurt.

You know what? I think it comes down to portion control. If you can eat only 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of either product, I think that is a reasonable dessert. Neither is as healthy as a piece of fruit but as long as you eat it in moderation - why not?

But, take a look at what my child did when I took her for a treat.

The cup at Sweet Frog is 16 ounces. You can walk around the store and put as much (or as little) as you want in the cup. I trust my child (not sure what I was thinking) so I let her add the Froyo to her cup.

Then, I decided to read the New York Times on my phone and when I looked at back at her cup, I saw the above chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, and whipped cream added to the top.

Guess how much she had in the cup? 12 ounces!!!

The froyo cost me $7.83 (not kidding) and then she proceeded to inhale it on the 7 minute ride home in the car.

I think it is much faster to eat because it is so soft. I am sure that dessert was about 500 calories and so I can deem it “NOT HEALTHY”.

My conclusion (if you are going to skip the far superior ice cream) is to make your own healthy frozen treats. My two ingredient ice cream or my DIY strawberry frozen yogurt are healthy, simple and will cost you far less. You will have to clean up (bummer).

What do you think of Froyo? Do you like it?

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My sister recommended I try one of those froyo places, based on recommendations from her teen group, not her experience. She later asked how I liked it. I smiled and said the quality rated up there with other kid-recommended food places - e.g. pizza and fast-food places with playgrounds. She understood. Next time I'll hit the premium ice cream store and spend less and get better quality.

on August 1, 2016

As long as we are discussing ice cream, would you please shed some light on sorbet and sherbet. Lots of home made ice cream in New Hampshire has always been a summer downfall resulting in additional pounds. So I have been trying sherbet or sorbet. Are these any healthier as it is hard to get the nutritional info from the ice cream shops?

on August 1, 2016

Of the frozen yogurts I had researched. Sweet Frog has the fewest additives. Until I visited Washington, DC, recently and tried Newberry's which uses only fructose for a sweetener. What do you think of this brand? It promotes itself as safe enough for diabetics to eat. Back to the main subject, when I get frozen yogurt (maybe 2 or 3 times a year) I fill the bottom of the cup with fresh fruits. This I call my vitamin pills. Then I top it with a small portion of two flavors. I don't think it's much more than 1/2 cup since it seems more like the amount of whipped cream one would put on fruit. Then I add about 1/2 tablespoon of almonds and an equal amount of hot fudge sauce. At home mu husband uses the slow churned Breyer's which is lower in calories and saturated fat than the regular as he eats a small serving every night before going to bed.

on August 1, 2016

The companies make the sizes of things larger these days to: 1. sell you more product; 2. make you think you are getting more dollar value when you shop there. Unfortunately, we are conditioned to "clean our full plate" and thus we can rack up the calories. A 16 oz. cup looks empty with only 4 oz. of product (and I bet the smaller amount makes a person feel hungrier and less satisfied), thus the customer wants larger serving, plus you also need room for those extra toppings (sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate) Now your wallet is thinner, and your waistline thicker. So we all need to be careful when eating out, even when we have the occasional treat.

on August 1, 2016

My son loves all of those frozen yogurt places. I am convinced it's a vehicle for him to add as much candy and toppings in the bowl as frozen yogurt... and your not kidding about the price!

on August 1, 2016

Yes I agree Anne, mine only cares about the gummy worms. From now on I'll just buy a 99 cent bag at cvs and skip the froyo/ice-cream.

on August 1, 2016

I have been on a homemade "Dole Whips" craze this summer. Only has 2 ingredients, 1 cup offrozen pineapple chunks and 1/4 cup of coconut milk. (I use unsweetened) So creamy and delicious. It tastes just like the ones they have at Disneyland only a lot cheaper!

on August 1, 2016

Whenever I would eat frozen yogurt, it would trigger a migraine and I don't know why. Regular all natural ice cream doesn't bother me.

on August 1, 2016

Great info, Snack Girl, thanks! And I love the story about your daughter and her own experiences, lol!

If I go to a froyo place, which isn't very often (they're so over-priced in my opinion), I love to get just a small cup of blueberry froyo. I never thought about making my own! I checked out your recipe for DIY strawberry frozen yogurt and now I'm looking forward to making my own...with blueberries of course!


on August 2, 2016

I know our dietician doesn't promote frozen yogurt; fresh yes. Now, I guess, I can see why; the comparison is so disappointing when compared with ice cream; and that's not even the toppings. so, I think the dietician is correct; just go with moderation, small portion of a 'sinfully delicious dessert' mine would be a chocolate haven. Buying is out; avoids the temptation of having it in the freezer calling my name.

on August 14, 2016

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