Frozen Yogurt: A Healthy Treat?

Frozen Yogurt: A Healthy Treat? If you are addicted to Tasti-delight like I once was don’t read on! One of the biggest myths that has been perpetuated is that frozen yogurt is a healthier alternative to ice cream and that it is a healthy food like natural yogurt. Many young women I know will replace an entire meal with a cup of frozen yogurt at lunch-time thinking that they are eating a something healthy!Recently the chain Pinkberry has taken lots of heat in the courts with a class action because of its healthy claims. Pinkberry claimed it’s product was healthy, non-fat and “all natural.” While the ingredients were never hidden from public view, the ingredients are something that we would rather not (or have never bothered to) look at!Pinkberry’s ingredients are skim milk, non-fat yogurt, three kinds of sugar (sucrose, fructose and dextrose), and the additives propylene glycol esters, lactoglycerides, sodium acid pyrophosphate, mono- and digycerides, magnesium oxide, calcium fumerate, citric acid, sodium citrate, tocopherol, starch and malodextrin. Are you tired reading yet? Tasti-delights ingredients list reads no better!Frozen yogurt also claims to have live and active cultures and has the seal of the National Yogurt Association certifying that the yogurt contains 10 million live cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. While it may indeed contain live-active cultures, many are lost in the manufacturing process and you can obtain these cultures much more readily in regular yogurts. Is it a treat to have a yummy frozen yogurt on a hot day in the city? Yes, it is!!! As long as it is recognized as just that- a treat- and not a meal!

For an alternative, I suggest an all-natural, raw “ice cream” (made from cashews, coconut, agave nectar and flavors). Organic Nectar’s Raw Agave Gelato can be purchased at Whole Foods and comes in delicious flavors like chocolate hazelnut swirl, vanilla, pistachio or green tea. The restaurant Pure Food and Wine (17th and Irving) also sells “ice cream” in cartons for take out and always has a wonderful selection. Or better yet, just have a regular yogurt like Fage or Stoneyfield!



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