In recent years, frozen yogurt has become
a popular alternative to ice cream due to its reputation for being healthier.
Ice cream and frozen yogurt are both frozen treats made from dairy, but there is a significant difference that sets them
apart. In order for a frozen treat to be legally labeled as ice cream, it must contain at least 10 percent milkfat. This
requirement is usually met through the addition of cream, and premium ice cream can contain as much as 16 percent
milkfat. Frozen yogurt is not made with cream and does not have a fat requirement. Instead it is made with cultured
milk such as yogurt though probiotics do not survive the freezing temperatures.
Since the difference in the ingredients of ice cream and frozen yogurt is cream, the main nutritional difference is the
fat content. One cup of regular vanilla ice cream contains 275 calories, 5 grams of protein, 31 grams of carbohydrates,
15 grams of fat and 9 grams of saturated fat. One cup of regular vanilla frozen yogurt contains 221 calories, 5 grams of
protein, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fat and 4 grams of saturated fat.