Do You Need a Fro-Yo Detox?

From coast to coast, frozen yogurt establishments have taken the country by storm. Many are marketed as ‘guilt-free’ treats, and while they do provide fewer calories than ice cream, as well as “good” probiotic bacteria, most contain added sugar, and some are made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (aka trans fat), funky additives like propylene glycol monoesters (huh?), and artificial flavors and colors.

Because of its good-for-you guise some of my clients think of frozen yogurt as ‘health food’ and get hooked on eating it every day, after lunch, as a mid-afternoon snack, or after the gym. But what they often don’t realize is that without the toppings, a medium serving of the original flavor from one of the most popular chains packs 46 grams of sugar. That's equivalent to 11 teaspoons of sugar. Eating it five times a week is the equivalent of six four-pound sacks of sugar over the course of 12 months. If not burned off, even three weekly servings could lead to a 10-pound weight gain in a year’s time.

And get this - for the exact same number of calories as a medium original without toppings, you could eat a single serve container of 0 percent organic vanilla Greek yogurt, a half-cup of blueberries, and two tablespoons of slivered almonds, a combo that tends to be far more filling, satisfying and healthy. Bottom line: Even if it's healthier than the traditional alternative, a treat like frozen yogurt, vegan cookies or organic candy can really add up when you eat it too often!

Do you tend to overdo it on healthy treats? Please share your thoughts or tweet them to @cynthiasass and @Shape_Magazine!

 

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