Is Frozen Yogurt really that healthy?
We would say
yes, frozen yogurt
is that healthy (contrary to the Seinfeld episode). You can create your own cupful for a complete breakfast or lunch meal, afternoon snack, or dessert and consider this a good choice.
The healthiest way to eat frozen yogurt is to choose a
fat free flavor and swirl yourself a
4-6 ounce serving. Then, top it with our fresh fruit, coconut flakes, walnuts, granola, or graham cracker powder.
There are two nutritional components that make yogurt healthy. First, yogurt is an excellent source of dairy which adds calcium, whey and casein protein to your diet. In addition, the milk in our frozen yogurt is highly cultured and and thus loaded with live and active yogurt cultures such as S. thermophilus, L.bulgaricus, L. lactis, L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. These cultures are known to be good for your digestive system. An added benefit is that yogurt cultures make it much easier to digest milk for those who are thought to have a lactose intolerance. If you are avoiding dairy for dietary reasons then you especially need to find a good daily source of calcium and vitamin D. Here at the shore we can get vitamin D from our natural sunshine and frozen yogurt is a great way to get your calcium. You might be surprised how easy frozen yogurt is to digest without problems. Studies continue to prove even more health benefits from yogurt cultures.
However, it is important to know that there is a similar amount of sugar in both frozen yogurt and ice cream. The overall calorie count of frozen yogurt is much lower than ice cream, because ice cream contains 10-20% milk fat. For example a comparable serving of ice cream will have as much as
three times the amount of calories compared to nonfat frozen yogurt, without the active cultures. Of course we offer so many different toppings that we could never say they are all healthy. But then again, it is summertime!
Occasionally, we offer a “no sugar added” frozen yogurt flavor that uses a mixture of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol) and sucralose (splenda) instead of sucrose as the sweetener. These flavors have even fewer calories and certainly less sugar.
Does your yogurt contain high fructose corn syrup?
No. Our yogurt does contain a combination of sugar and corn syrup as sweeteners, depending on each flavor, but it does not contain high fructose corn syrup.
Is your yogurt gluten-free?
Yes. MOST of the flavors are gluten free. Be sure to look at the flavor signs that note which ones might contain some gluten such as cookies-n-cream.
Is Bonnie's peanut free?
With the variety of toppings and various flavors of yogurt we serve it would be difficult to be completely peanut free. If asked, we are able to retrieve toppings from their individual container instead of the toppings bar if that helps alleviate any fear of cross contamination. But we do not recommend taking the risk of an allergic reaction at a self serve toppings bar if you or your child has a severe food allergy.
Do your products contain eggs?
Yes. Some of the flavors are made with eggs. The signs will give you that information. Some that do contain eggs include Irish Mint, NY Cheesecake, Cookies-n-cream, Cake Batter and the Vanilla custard ice cream.
Do you have anything that isn't made with milk (dairy free)?
We try to offer a sorbet which has no dairy and also happens to contain a lower amount of sugar and thus calories compared to most of the nonfat yogurt flavors. This is the best choice for someone with a true milk allergy, that is, an allergy to the whey or casein protein of milk. If you are lactose intolerant (trouble digesting the milk sugar lactose), you may still be able to digest all of the yogurt based flavors because of the highly cultured nature of the frozen yogurt. In fact you could even go as far as to say if you are known to be lactose intolerant, you are likely in need of a good source of calcium. Frozen yogurt is worth trying.