Ice Cream v. Frozen Yoghurt

School Of Nutrition Posted Jun 24, 2014 Future Fit Training


You might decide to have frozen yogurt instead because it is ‘healthier’ than regular ice creams, but is this really the case?

Ice Cream v. Frozen Yoghurt

Let's look at the stats:

 

TESCO FINEST STRAWBERRY & CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM

TESCO FROZEN YOGURT MIXED BERRY

Serving size

100g

100g

Calories

220Kcal

115Kcal

Carbohydrates

21.3g

22.5g

Of which sugars

21.3g

15.7g

Fat

13.2g

1.2g

Of which saturates

9.4g

0.7g

Protein

3.8g

3g

Ingredients

Whole Milk, Clotted Cream (Milk) (16%), Sugar, Senga Strawberry (8%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Pasteurised Free Range Egg, Cornflour, Flavourings, Balsamic Vinegar, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Concentrated Elderberry Juice

Yogurt (50%), Partially Reconstituted Skimmed Milk Concentrate, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Mixed Berry (4.5%) (Strawberry Purée, Raspberry Purée, Concentrated Blackcurrant Juice), Whey Powder, Inulin, Stabilisers (Carob Gum, Guar Gum), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring, Colour (Beetroot Red)

 

Here are some highlights:

  • With clotted cream as the second ingredient, the ice cream version has a much higher fat content than the frozen yogurt. This makes its calorie content almost double that of the frozen yogurt.
  • Both have similar total carbohydrate amounts but the ice cream contains slightly more sugar than the frozen yogurt.  A glance at the label shows that the frozen yogurt has two sweeteners: sugar and glucose syrup, while the ice cream uses only sugar as a sweetener. Glucose syrup can also act as a thickener, which improves the texture and flavour of the product. The frozen yogurt also contains more additives than the ice cream.
  • Both contain real fruit puree and juices.

 

OUR WINNER: Frozen Yoghurt!

We have to hand it to the frozen yogurt for its lower calorie, fat and sugar content. Ideally, it should have fewer additives so look for frozen yogurts with as simple an ingredient list as possible, i.e. free of artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers and thickeners.

Having said that, if you subscribe to the "the real thing or nothing" way of thinking, go ahead and enjoy a small portion of the indulgent, higher-fat ice cream as an occasional treat.

 

       

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