Fro yo. The biggest fast food dessert craze to hit North America since Blizzards and McFlurries. It’s cold, it’s creamy, it’s sweet, and best of all, it’s healthy! Or so the companies tell you. I mean, it’s yogurt, so it’s basically a health food right?
Okay, you guys are probably smart enough to know that fro yo is far from a health food. But I wanted to write this post to highlight how seriously ridiculous it is to think that fro yo is a nutritious choice.
So to prove my point, check out the nutrition facts for the French Vanilla fro yo from Yogurty’s, a popular Canadian chain:
That’s 120 calories and 22 g of sugar in a half cup serving. And this doesn’t include all the fudge sauce, M&Ms, chocolate chips, and gummy bears that inevitably make their way on top of your fro yo (which easily add another 200 plus calories to your bowl). Now compare that to the nutrition information for the same size serving of Breyers French vanilla ice cream:
It also 120 calories for a half cup serving, but it’s actually 6 g lower in sugar!
Now I should mention that Breyers ice cream is filled with additives like guar gum and cellulose gum, which decrease its caloric density. If you look at Haagen Dazs – which is real ice cream made with just cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla – it has a much higher caloric density and fat content (250 calories and 17 g fat in a half cup). But a) most ice cream from ice cream shops is probably more similar to the Breyers ice cream, and b) when you eat ice cream, you don’t tend to put any toppings on it because you want to let the richness of the ice cream shine through, so even a serving of Haagen Dazs may end up being even less calories than fro yo loaded with toppings.
Bottom line: Just eat the damn ice cream!* Or have fro yo if that’s what you prefer. But my point is if you think you’re making a healthier choice by opting for the latter… you’re not.
*Obligatory dietitian clarification: in moderation
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