Have your froyo without busting the calories. By Estelle Low
Original Tart froyo with fruit toppings from Yogurtland Singapore. Photo: Yogurtland Singapore
It’s easy to like froyo (short for frozen yogurt). It’s cold, creamy and sweet, perfect for our hot and humid climate. It reminds us of ice cream, but is less creamy and indulgent.
Over the years, numerous froyo shops have sprung up. Today, there are more than 10 established froyo brands in Singapore, with at least one in every retail space. And the market seems ripe for more. Just last week, we attended the opening of two froyo stores: Yogurtland Singapore and KokoPanda.
If you think froyo is just a fad, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s one of the trendiest dessert on Instagram, and a favourite among everyone, from school-going children to middle-aged professionals and retirees.
The froyo fever looks set to stay. But how healthy is it, really? Is froyo a calorie bomb in disguise?
We ask Jaclyn Reutens, a clinical dietitian from Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.
Is froyo healthier than ice cream?
Unlike ice cream which is made with cream, frozen yogurt is made with yogurt. Cream is very high in calories, so frozen yogurt is the healthier option.
|Per 100g||Frozen yogurt||Ice cream|
|Energy (kcal)||104 kcal||227 kcal|
|Protein (g)||4.4 g||4.3 g|
|Total fat (g)||0.8 g||13.3 g|
|Saturated fat (g)||0.5 g||8.1 g|
|Carbohydrate (g)||19.7 g||22.6 g|
Comparing both, ice cream has double the amount of calories, 10 times more fat, and a slightly higher carbohydrate (sugar) content than frozen yogurt.
Froyo contains probiotics, which is not present in ice cream.
How does froyo compare to other snacks?
I would consider froyo a healthier treat. There are very obvious unhealthy treats out there such as sweets and cream cakes, and there are healthier treats such as cakes made with wholewheat flour and less sugar, custards or puddings made with low fat milk and frozen yogurt is where I would categorise that.
The healthiest snacks would be fresh fruit, wholegrain foods and vegetable sticks.
Which is healthier: Froyo or Greek yogurt?
Compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is higher in fat, especially saturated fat, but lower in carbs. The protein content is only slightly higher for Greek yogurt (4.7g vs 4.4g per 100g). Both calorie counts are similar.
However, if you have low-fat Greek yogurt with no sugar added, it will be a much better choice than frozen yogurt.
How to avoid excessive calories when eating froyo?
Stick to the smallest serve and limit your toppings to two types. Pick a fresh fruit for fibre and plain nuts for extra protein. For instance, slivered almonds are a better choice than chocolate-coated almonds.
Toppings that will burst your calorie budget would be chocolate syrup (or any syrup), granola, toasted muesli, oreo cookies and the like. You can enjoy this healthier treat twice a week. Each serving provides 150mg to 180mg of calcium.