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Difference Between Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

ice-creams-pdIce Cream vs. Frozen Yogurt

Ice cream and frozen yogurt are both frozen desserts that people throughout the world enjoy, and they share many similarities and differences. As for some of their similarities, they both come in a wide variety of flavors and colors, and are created with low temperatures while constantly being churned. They both are eaten in a similar way ‘“ usually out of cups or cones. They are typically both milk-based, and contain fat and sugar - although there are healthier alternatives with limited or none of the aforementioned ingredients. Both deserts provide nutritional benefits like protein, calcium and Vitamin B.

Some of their differences begin with their date of introduction. Ice cream was first introduced into the United States during the founding of the country itself, back in 1776. It took almost 200 years longer before frozen yogurt became available. While ice cream was favorably received upon its introduction, due to the fact that its origin and evolution dated back to ancient civilization, frozen yogurt’s first entry into the US, somewhere in the 1970′s, was a pitiful one. It took another 10 years before manufacturers developed a frozen yogurt that appealed to consumers. Timing was perfect though, as a health craze had swept the country, and people were eager to accept this newer, lower fat ice-cream alternative.

Another primary difference between the desserts is a result of yogurt’s manufacturing process. Healthy bacteria, also known as probiotics, are the result of the fermentation process when live cultures are added to the milk to create the yogurt. These probiotics boost the immune system by fighting off the ‘bad’ bacteria that can make one sick. This same beneficial bacteria found in yogurt can be found in some versions of frozen yogurt, but it will never be found in ice cream. Look for frozen yogurts with the LAC seal on the packaging, which indicates the presence of ‘Live Active Cultures’ (probiotics).

In summary, ice cream and frozen yogurt are enjoyed by people all over the world. Both have many similarities, but also hold significant differences:

1. Both come in a wide variety of flavors; are eaten in a cup or cone; are typically milk-based, and share some nutritional ingredients, like protein, calcium and Vitamin B.

2. Ice cream was a huge success upon its introduction into the United States at the time of America’s Independence; frozen yogurt, introduced in 1970, needed another 10 years of modification before it was well accepted.

3. Probiotics can only be found in frozen yogurts, and specifically those with the LAC seal, indicating the presence of ‘Live Active Cultures’.


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  1. I love frozen yogurt…yummy! I thought that I had heard thought that the bacteria would die if frozen? I know that as much as I love frozen yogurt that it would sure take a TON of yogurt to equal the probiotic benefits that I get from my Vidazorb supplement! I just don’t want all of the calories that come from frozen yogurt and I do not like to eat regular yogurt. Anyway – I guess I don’t have to choose though – I can take my supplement AND eat frozen yogurt! YAY!!

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