What to Eat: Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt?

Does Pinkberry or TCBY beat a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s or Häagen-Dazs?

Frozen yogurt wins. Even a single (half-cup) scoop of premium ice cream has about 10 grams of saturated fat. Frozen yogurt has anywhere from 0 to 2 grams per half cup.

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But if you’re not careful, your frozen yogurt could have as many calories as that single scoop of ice cream (250 to 300). That’s the case with a (1¼-cup) regular soft-serve frozen yogurt at TCBY or medium at Pinkberry, for example.

And who knows how much people squeeze into those (typically 16 oz.) cups at self-serve chains? (The Nutrition Facts on their posters or brochures are for a measly half cup—just 4 oz.)

Then come the toppings. At Pinkberry, where employees do the scooping, calories range from 10 (fresh fruit) to 50 (nuts or chocolate chips) to 100 (peanut butter crunch) …if they stick to the tiny one-tablespoon scoop. At a self-serve chain, all bets are off. Topping your two-cup (16 oz.) serving of fat-free chocolate with one scoop each of nuts, chips, and Nutella could rack up 650 calories. Oops.

Tip: Order a “kids” or “mini” size (about ½ cup) to keep the calories down around 100, and stick to fresh fruit toppings.

 

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