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Is FroYo the new Ice Cream?

By: Katharina Wicht

In the previous years, frozen yogurt gained popularity and a hype about the “healthy” new yogurt ice cream began. According to Cornell Creamery, frozen yogurt was already introduced during the 70s in New England. Ice cream is usually associated with bella italia but nowadays it is also found in every other country. There is a big variety of flavors, toppings and sizes of ice cream. McDonald’s served the Sundae in a wafer cone and at Cold Stone you can choose between several creations of ice cream. However, the new trend of eating ice cream is frozen yogurt. Some chains, such as Tutti Frutti, are self-serve and you can put your choice of toppings on top of your frozen yogurt yourself. Some might say “You are never too full for ice cream!”, but others try to get the healthiest choice as possible. A lot of frozen yogurt companies advertise their offer of frozen yogurt as “healthier than ice cream” and “low in calories”. The question is: is the frozen yogurt as healthy as most of the distributors say it is?

According to Baskin Robbins, the amount of sugar in chocolate chip ice cream is 18 grams in every ½ cup serving. Meanwhile, there are 26g of sugar in the same amount of fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt. Other frozen yogurt has up to 36 grams of sugar, like the ½ cup portion at Yogurtland.

The amount of calories in plain frozen yogurt varies between 90 (U-Swirl) to 160 (Yogurtland) per ½ cup serving. The cups the places usually offer can take up to 5 ounces, which is over the serving size that is advertised. In addition to the amount of sugars in a serving of frozen yogurt, many froyo places also offer toppings like chocolate chips, gummy bears or sweetened fruit, all of which can add up to one heavy desert. The new froyo stores often have a trendy locations and stylish cups for their frozen yogurt and in some stores there also is dairy free, gluten free, kosher and vegan frozen yogurt available.

A survey that some students took shows that most of the participants thought that frozen yogurt as a healthier option than ice cream. It of course depends on the size you get and what you chose as your topping, but overall both ice cream and frozen yogurt are not healthy and should not be eaten on a daily basis. A study by icecream.com shows that 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time of the year and an average citizen enjoys 48 pints of ice cream a year. After all, the U.S. is only the second most ice cream consuming country after New Zealand and before Australia. The most used topping for the frozen dish is chocolate syrup.

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