I have great news! Today we are launching the collaboration of The Healthy Cook and Lifeme.gr, a health and wellness Greek portal. From now on you will read very interesting articles on nutrition, health and wellness shared by Lifeme.gr specialists. Haven’t you ever wondered what is the real difference between ice cream and frozen yoghurt? And what if the frozen yogurt is really healthier than ice cream?
In addition to being both delicious frozen delicacies, ice cream and frozen yogurt have unique features. It is difficult to determine what is best for our diet, though.
Did you know this?
- Ice cream has a lot of history. The Roman Empire enjoyed an early form of ice cream, a combination of ice and different flavors of cream with fruit and milk, while the Chinese had their own version, with milk and rice, as early as 200 BC.
- If this seems too old to you, consider that variants of yogurt existed since the Neolithic period, about 6,000 BC, although they began to be exported during the 1900s. The frozen yoghurt, on the other hand, was a relatively new creation, 1981. Per 100 grams, vanilla ice cream has 207 calories and frozen yoghurt 159.
- Ice cream: milk, cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Commercial ice cream has much more ingredients such as corn syrup, whey, guar and carrageenan (seaweed extract) but to be labeled “ice cream” must have at least 10% milk.
- Frozen yogurt: milk, sugar, vanilla extract. Like ice cream, frozen yoghurt can also include corn syrup, carrageenan and other additives. A good alternative is sheep’s yoghurt.
- Ice Cream: Unique in texture and soft, sweet and creamy flavor, then soft and cream to melt quickly.
- Frozen Yogurt: It is not yogurt, but it is not ice cream either, although it has similar characteristics. It’s a bit more stable than ice cream, but not the same creamy. The first spoonful of yoghurt dissolves almost instantly, leaving a somewhat sour aftertaste.
Which one is good for you?
- Both: A bowl of ice cream or frozen yogurt on a warm day may seem like a teaspoon. Add fresh fruits and other decorations and you can have a delicious snack with a lot of calcium.
- Frozen Yogurt: It is often used as an alternative because it is less thick than regular ice cream. Just prefer lightweight toppings.
- Ice Cream: Apart from providing you with your daily dose of dairy products and a rather soothing feeling after a tonsillectomy, ice cream does not do much for your health.
Which one is bad for you?
- Both: Like any dessert, too much ice cream or frozen yogurt can have negative effects on your teeth, weight and general health.
- Ice Cream: Contains more calories and fat due to increased sugar and cream.
- Frozen Yogurt: It may sound healthier, but the process of freezing yogurt eliminates the probiotic enzyme found in yogurt, meaning your digestive system will not get the probiotic benefits it offers.
Although the colorful, modern frozen yogurts offer you many exciting tastes and toppings, they ultimately hide the fact that you do not eat ice cream. If magically, all the calories were the same, would you ever choose frozen yogurt for ice cream? Of course not. The extra fat found in ice cream should not be treated negatively but positively. It satisfies a rich, primordial desire of our body for fat, but your mind denies it. And that is the difference. Frozen yogurt speaks to your consciousness, while ice cream speaks to you. It is up to you if you want to follow your heart or your mind.