Does frozen yogurt have the same health benefits as regular yogurt?
BY: Nicole Gregory
It depends on what brand you buy, but generally, frozen yogurt contains more calories and fat than the non-frozen kind. In fact, some varieties contain the same amount as ice cream, notes Kerry Neville, a registered dietitian in Kirkland, Wash., and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Frozen yogurts also tend to contain less good-for-you live bacteria. If you’re concerned about calcium, frozen and non-frozen yogurts can contain equal amounts, especially if there are no cookie or candy pieces inside. However, frozen yogurts are unlikely to have vitamin D added, something some non-frozen yogurts have started to include because vitamin D is key for calcium absorption. The best rule: “Check the labels,” says Neville. Because frozen yogurt’s calorie, fat and sugar counts tend to be high, it should be considered a treat, not part of your daily diet.
Nicole Gregory, contributor to Live Right Live Well, is a Los Angeles-based writer who has written for numerous publications, including Weight Watchers magazine, Vegetarian Times, Viv, Fit Pregnancy and many others.