In my previous article Frozen Yogurt: Friend or Foe, I discussed the illusion that frozen yogurt gives to being a “health food” in today’s market. In this article, I would like to take a closer look at what ingredients are actually in this tasty treat, and determine once and for all, if it may actually be considered a healthy option.
While researching for this article, I found that trying to find ingredients in frozen yogurt is actually an incredibly difficult undertaking. You’d think something so popular, and popping up all around Colorado Springs lately, would be more widely understood and examined.
Although I wasn’t able to find much, I was able to find a list of ingredients in the vanilla powder used in a very popular chain frozen yogurt store. The ingredients in this vanilla powder are:
Pure Crystalline Fructose, Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Non-fat Milk, Yogurt Powder, Micro-encapsulated Probiotic (Lactobacillus Sporogenes). You may also click here to see all of the ingredients in every yogurt flavor Pinkberry has to offer.
The first four ingredients I listed are essentially four different types of sugar, which I have already identified in my previous article as the leading cause of America’s obesity epidemic. We have taken the fat out of every food and replaced it with sugar and we are now sitting at a 67% obesity rate. Sugar has exacerbated our problems, not helped them.
Okay, now let’s compare.
Frozen yogurt is supposed to be just that….yogurt that is frozen. So, let’s see which ingredients the above mentioned has in common with my personal favorite yogurt: Fage Nonfat Greek Plain Yogurt.
Fage’s Ingredients: Grade A Pasteurized Skimmed Milk, Live Active Yogurt Cultures (L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus).
The latter two ingredients (namely, probiotics), are what makes yogurt…well…yogurt. If you do not have those two live bacteria, you do not have yogurt.
Sadly, as you can see, frozen yogurt is not yogurt at all but rather a bunch of cheap forms of sugar jumbled together with milk. If you’ve read any of my articles, you know I am all for eating organically and naturally. Thus, I’d like to leave you with one more local option.
If you’d like a tasty treat, I again cannot recommend Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato enough. They use organic and all natural ingredients (even putting whole pumpkin pies in their pumpkin pie ice cream), and have high standards for the milk and cream put in every tub.
So be a discerning consumer and make sure you are not fooled by the ‘fat free’ labels and granola bins. Frozen yogurt, although tasty, is not a health food.
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