A cold battle: frozen yogurt vs. ice cream


Graphic: Kelsey Kremer/Iowa State Daily

While certainly containing fewer calories than ice cream, frozen yogurt still is not a “healthy” alternative.

Rachel Sinn

We all should remember the catchy phrase, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Today however, everyone might not be on the same page when it comes to the most favorite frozen treat.

With frozen yogurt bars rising in the ranks, people have been inclined to ask: Which one is better? Even though it is all a matter of opinion, there are some factors that may sway decision.

Rachel Rademacher, manager of Orange Leaf in Ames said, “The health factor is definitely a drive for us. People appreciate frozen yogurt as a healthier option.”

Orange Leaf offers a self-serve selection of 16 flavors on any given day with 36 toppings to choose from, making it easy for people to customize their own tasty treat.

“In our situation, clearly the nutritional aspect is a factor and with the self-serve option the customers have the ability to control how much they want,” Rademacher said.

Rademacher said the most popular flavors at Orange Leaf are brownie batter and wedding cake.

According to the Orange Leaf’s nutrition information, the brownie batter has 44 calories in a one ounce serving. Wedding cake has 47 calories per ounce.

Although frozen yogurt did score the best in terms of nutrition across the board, it should be considered a healthier option when compared to ice cream and not as a health food. Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com, cites that the first three ingredients used in one of the nation’s most famous frozen yogurt food chains, which went unnamed in his report, were all sugars.

“Frozen yogurt is basically just ice cream with some yogurt powder thrown in. It’s ice cream with probiotics,” Adams wrote.

Upon further investigation Adams stated that one of the three sugars in frozen yogurt, maltodextrin, is a health hazard to diabetics.

“Maltodextrin, in particular, has a glycemic index so high that it’s practically poison to diabetics,” he warned.

So although a few calories are saved here and there, he said frozen yogurt should not be considered as a go-to snack for health fanatics. In some ways it is a junk food just like ice cream.

Christie Smith, owner of Cold Stone Creamery in Ames, pointed out, “Ice cream has been around forever. I think it has a better flavor. I guess you have a few more calories but I think you get a better product.”

Cold Stone has been made famous by its signature preparation of custom ice cream creations on a frozen granite stone. Each order is made special with the use of hand scooped hard ice cream.

The most popular flavor of ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery in Ames is cake batter. This has 67 calories per ounce.

Dairy Queen, noted for blending of soft serve ice cream and choice of candies, is another member of the dessert dream team.

Amy Richardson, assistant manager of Dairy Queen in Ames, said, “Frozen yogurt may be better for you but once you start adding things to it it’s not much different.”

Richardson acknowledged the frozen yogurt trend but dismissed its ability to hurt business in any way.

“Ice cream is still cheaper, and we’ve been around a long time,” she said.

In Ames, Dairy Queen’s most popular dish is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard. This has 53.1 calories per ounce.

Whether students are team ice cream or team fro yo, there are many options in the community to satisfy any sweet tooth.