Frozen yogurt and ice cream are both made from dairy sources, yet frozen yogurt has been dubbed a healthier alternative to ice cream.
Indeed, yogurt is lower in fat due to the use of milk instead of cream. But fat-free or low-fat products may not be low in calories and sugar.
Sugar makes up 15 to 20 per cent of the ingredients in frozen yogurt, which is equivalent to the sugar content in ice cream, said Ms Janie Chua, a senior dietitian at National Healthcare Group Polyclinics.
A serving, or about 90g of ice cream, provides 180kcal; 100g of frozen yogurt provides 150kcal.
A better alternative to frozen yogurt would be natural low-fat yogurt, which is lower in calories and sugar, she advised.
A serving of natural low-fat yogurt, or about 120g, has 100kcal.
Based on a 100g serving, the sugar content of ice-cream, frozen yogurt and natural low-fat yogurt would be 23g, 24g and 14g respectively.
In addition, frozen yogurt may have less probiotics than yoghurt as some live cultures may be killed during its freezing process.
Text by Mind & Body, Straits Times. Image: Llao Llao