Ice cream or frozen yogurt? What to choose!
On these really hot and humid days, an ice cream cone or dish of your favorite flavor may be the only thing you want to eat. But then, you’re trying to watch your weight, so . . . you look into frozen yogurt. That must be a healthier choice, right? It has probiotics and healthy cultures and all, doesn’t it? Well like everything, examine the label before you choose one or the other.
Not all yogurts and ice creams are alike. Anyone with a lactose intolerance or sensitivity can attest to that. Let’s tackle the frozen yogurts, for example. If you’re looking for a healthier form, make sure it has the “live and active cultures” seal on the container. This seal confirms that there is 100 million cultures per gram. And again, for the lactose intolerant, this can make a big difference in one’s ability to digest the milk-based product.
But don’t be fooled that the probiotics make frozen yogurt a healthy food. What you also need to look at closely is the amount of sugar per serving. Often it’s higher for frozen yogurt than ice cream. So you slide back to the ice cream chest and figure, okay better to not have as much sugar. Yet, again reading the label, you discover that ice cream may have more fat per serving than many frozen yogurt choices. Before you slide away again, consider that fat can slow the digestion of sugar. So while it might be higher, it may prevent those blood sugar spikes that can happen with a sudden high intake of sugar.
The bottom line: portion control is going to be the dominating factor in whatever choice you make. If we feel frozen yogurt is a healthier choice, we may trick ourselves into eating more than had we chosen ice cream. So whatever makes you feel better – whatever form of frozen dessert is easier to digest for you – just stay within a normal serving size so it really works for you all the way around!