August 16, 2013

Common Ice Creams vs. Frozen Yogurts, which one’s better?

Summers like this one make me want to be a travel-blogger.

We went to Cataluña, Spain, a few days ago. My boyfriend’s sister, Julie, is moving to Girona for her studies and we went there to help her settle in her new apartment and get to know the city. It’s quite small but very pretty. We walked all of it in just one day and loved it.

The beauty of European streets (sights)...something remarkable about what I’ve seen so far. And I just said Europe when I actually visited 0.0001% of it. But still, gorgeous!

The day after that, we took a 1-hour train to Barcelona. Also an amazing city. Very big compared to Girona, but very pretty as well. Since we only went there for a day, we didn't have time to visit every corner of it. Guess I have an excuse to go back!

Going back to healthy food, I decided to make a post about Ice Cream today. During our 4-day visit to Spain, we ate ice cream every single day. I mean, who wouldn't if the temperatures were always between 30 and 40◦C? But since I didn't want to cheat on my healthy lifestyle 4 days in a row, I decided to do a “better” cheat and had frozen yogurt.

After noticing the increased popularity of yogurt ice cream shops, I decided to do a little bit of research. Are frozen yogurts really that much healthier than the common ice creams we know?

I’ll briefly show you a comparison between a popular frozen yogurt company in Canada and a well known ice cream shop. Later, I’ll give you my personal opinion since this is a basic research and no experiments whatsoever where performed. 

If you want to skip the “boring” details, just read the bottom line at the end.

Per 100gr serving
Frozen yogurt
Common ice cream
Total Cal
Total Fat (g)
Saturated Fat (g)
Trans Fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Carbohydrates (g)
Fiber (g)
Sugar (g)
Protein (g)
% DV Vitamin A
% DV Vitamin C
% DV Calcium
% DV Iron

Noticing the difference amounts of fat, including the saturated and trans, you already have a clue of which one should be healthier. Of course, we can’t base our decision by just looking at the fat content, but it is important to notice that there’s zero content of fat in frozen yogurts whereas there’s 13g per serving in common ice creams.

Now, looking at the sodium, there’s almost 4 times more content in the common ice cream than in the frozen yogurt. Considering we have to consume between 1000 and 1500mg of sodium per day, it’s not a huge value but it’s still a lot higher than frozen yogurt.

The next components, such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals, don’t have an important difference. While the carbs content is higher for the common ice creams, it’s not a very significant difference when we consider we have to consume around 270g of carbs per day.

Bottom Line:
Without hesitation, frozen yogurts are the healthier alternative to common ice creams. I recommend having a serving of about 150g of frozen yogurt and adding topping such as nuts and fruits. That way you’ll get more protein, fiber and vitamins.  


  1. Nosotras estuvimos DOS meses en Europa y comimos helado - no de yogurt precisamente - 60 veces :S

  2. Hi Raquel, just got back from Portugal and France, we also ate ice cream every day for 3 wks! We did skip lunch most days though because it was just too hot to eat anything else. So that + all the walking saved our hearts and waists from ice cream overdose. If you ever go to Portugal you have to try Santini ice cream, their fruit flavors especially are amazing! For good old chocolate though Amorino hit the spot :) really glad I found your blog, will be a regular here :)

    1. Hi Safia! I totally get cream is a must! If I ever go to Portugal (which I hopefully will) I’ll definitely come by Santini. About Amorino, I actually tried it in Paris! They are delicious. I’m very happy you like the blog! :)