Comparison of the Nutritional Elements and Prices of Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
By: Emily Tryon
As a devoted frozen yogurt worshipper, I had quite a bit of trouble forcing myself to finish reading this vicious attack on my dessert of choice. I’ve decided to research and compare the nutrition facts and pricing information of frozen yogurt and ice cream to see if your claims had any substance.
Frozen yogurt is admittedly not health food and for the most part it contains more calories and sugar than non-frozen yogurt. This is due to the carbohydrates that it contains (from the sugars naturally occurring in milk as well as the added sugars), not because of fat like ice cream. Though ice cream and frozen yogurt share similar sugar contents, roughly half of the calories in ice cream come from fat. Fat contains 9 calories per gram and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, causing ice cream to have a waayy higher caloric content than frozen yogurt (1).
I combined my knowledge of ice cream and frozen yogurt pricing and nutrition with data compiled from a variety of sources.
Half a cup of Graeter’s Black Raspberry Ice Cream contains 290 calories (180 calories from fat) 19 grams of fat (and over half of your daily requirement of saturated fat at 55% btw), and 27 grams of carbohydrates (2).
Half a cup of Yogurtland’s Dutch Chocolate Frozen Yogurt contains 118 calories (0 calories from fat) 0 grams of fat, and 26.9 grams of carbohydrates (3).
One “Like It” sized ice cream (142 grams, roughly 5 ounces) at Coldstone Creamery (includes one mix-in) costs $3.00. Each additional topping costs $0.50 (4).
At Yogurtland, frozen yogurt with unlimited toppings costs $0.30 per ounce.
At Menchie’s, frozen yogurt with unlimited toppings costs $0.39 per ounce.
As the results clearly demonstrate, of the particular brands and flavors in the study, frozen yogurt contains significantly fewer calories than ice cream. Furthermore, none of the calories in frozen yogurt come from fat, while 180 of the 290 calories in a serving of ice cream come from fat. Ice cream and frozen yogurt are almost identical in their carbohydrate content.
As far as price goes, an approximately 5 oz. serving of frozen yogurt at Yogurtland would cost $1.50, whereas an equal amount of ice cream at Coldstone Creamery costs $3.00. The cost of Coldstone Creamery is with only one topping. Each addtional topping is $0.50. At Yogurtland, one can apply all of the toppings one wants.
Furthermore, at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, frozen yogurt costs $0.39 an ounce. A 5 oz. serving of ice cream at Menchie’s would cost $1.95, still about a dollar less than Coldstone. Menchie’s also allows its customers to apply as many toppings as they wish at no charge per topping (pricing is by weight)
Frozen yogurt, though it would not be considered a healthy, nutritional food choice, is a much smarter choice for dessert than ice cream from a nutritional standpoint. This is due to the fact that frozen yogurt is lower in both calories and fat than ice cream. From a price standpoint, it really depends on where you’re getting your product. However, when three places (Coldstone, Menchie’s, and Yogurtland) were compared, the frozen yogurt cost less. From a taste standpoint, beauty is entirely in the eye of the beholder. Some prefer ice cream because it is sweet, creamy, and delicious, and some prefer frozen yogurt because it, along with coke zero, is the food of the gods.