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Frozen yogurt topped with strawberry.
Frozen yogurt topped with strawberry.

Is frozen yogurt healthier than ice cream? Frozen yogurt is a dessert similar to ice cream, but made with yogurt rather than cream. It tends to be healthier than ice cream; therefore many people choose it as an alternative. It is important to realise, however, that frozen yogurt, while richer in many minerals and nutrients than ice cream, is still not as healthy as regular yogurt, a fact that many people overlook.

Frozen yogurt is perhaps best viewed health-wise as being somewhere between real yogurt and ice cream. While it contains protein, the protein found in frozen yogurt is often as little as a third of the amount found in regular yogurt, and roughly equivalent to that found in ice cream. While ice cream is quite high in fat — between 10 and 18 per cent fat by weight, in frozen yogurt it varies more widely. As compared to an ice cream, it has less fat but contains higher amounts of fat and substantially more calories as compared to a regular yogurt. Fat-free frozen yogurts exist, but they often have even more added sugar than other varieties.

Frozen yogurt is made the same way as ice cream, and can be made at home in an ice cream maker. Yogurt replaces the cream content of ice cream, but otherwise, similar ingredients are used. A great deal of sugar is usually added which is a major reason why frozen yogurt is not nearly as healthy as regular yogurt.

Reveals an official of Cocoberry, India's leading frozen yogurt chain now opening 40 stores across the country, “Yogurt, because of its changed structure, freezes and melts at much higher temperatures than milk, making frozen yogurt stay frozen much longer than ice cream when subjected to room temperatures. All in all, frozen yogurt can be safely viewed as a healthy alternative to ice cream – on par perhaps with frozen milk or some sorbets.”

The enzymatic benefits can aid digestion, and some of the additional health benefits of yogurt remain in its sweetened and frozen form. It should not, however, be viewed as a “healthy” food, as it still contains relatively high levels of fat and may have extremely high amounts of sugar.

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