Ever wonder what the differences are between frozen yogurt, ice cream and gelato? Well, here’s the scoop!
Cue the “who cares just enjoy your dessert” comments. Get outta here, crabby.
First off, it’s worth mentioning that different brands will obviously have different nutritional information. A lot of ice creams in the freezer section will offer you lower calories, for example. But I chose these brands to give you an idea of what you can expect to find at a “mom and pop” type shop, not necessarily in the freezer section where the nutrition is made available to you.
I’ve been eating my weight in gelato here in Italy (swipe for a couple), and I was curious as to what the actual difference is from ice cream. Turns out that most ice cream is made from a base of heavy cream and eggs, resulting in higher fat content. Gelato is made from a base of mostly milk, so the fat content is lower. But, more milk will generally mean more sugar as well.
Gelato is super dense, because less air is whipped into it vs most ice cream. If you were to compare 1/2 cup of each, you’ll find that in most cases, the gelato is heavier due to this.
Frozen yogurt is also made from a milk base, but is much different from gelato. The fat content is generally very low, but the base of cultured milk & sugar creates a very tart flavor. Keep in mind that frozen yogurt is not just yogurt that has been frozen, so you’re missing out on the protein that yogurt typically provides.
And of course, different flavors will result in different macros. Most of us aren’t going to just go with vanilla. What’s your favorite of these 3, and what is your flavor of choice? We’re not talking freezer section, we’re talking the real deal. Pistachio gelato is really really really good. Dare I say, the best.
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