Does it seem like every time you go to buy ice cream and yogurt you notice a new term written on some of the boxes? It can be confusing when you are trying to eat healthy and to eat fewer calories. Do you buy the reduced fat ice cream? Will the light ice cream be enough of a sacrifice? What about nonfat ice cream is it the same as light ice cream? Does it all seem confusing to you? Let’s try to break it down into some an understandable code.
Ice cream itself is a mixture of diary products. It has to contain at least 10 percent milk fat. This is why it tastes so good.
Yogurt contains additional yogurt cultures. These cultures can benefit us by helping to maintain the good bacteria in our digestive systems. Not all frozen yogurts cultures can survive during the process of freezing.
Reduced fat ice cream must contain at least 25 percent less fat the original product. Therefore, you should look at the fat content of the original product and decide if the reduced amount suits your needs.
Light ice cream must have 50 perfect less total fat and 33 perfect fewer calories than the original product. Therefore, this may your best choice if you want to watch the fat and calorie content of the product you are eating.
Low fat ice cream just means that the products contain less than 3 grams of fat per ½ cup serving.
Nonfat ice cream means that the product contains less than .5 grams of fat per ½ cup serving.
Sherbet and sorbet treats are two other forms of frozen treats. Generally both of these will contain the same number of calories. They also will equal the amount of calories you will find in most light, low fat or nonfat ice cream or frozen yogurt treats.
Yet, beware sorbet and sherbet treats may contain more sugar than ice cream teats or yogurt treats. Plus, they are lacking in protein and calcium.
Finally, there are non-diary treats. If you can’t eat dairy and want to eat a frozen treat, you may want to reach for some of the frozen treats made from soy or rice milk, or even coconut milk. No, they aren’t as healthy as the ones made from diary. Yet, they are healthier than the sherbet and sorbet treats and they satisfy your taste for something frozen.