Chicago Drips in Frozen Yogurt...But Is It Healthy?

September 12 2011 - 12:17 PM

Frozen yogurt is not healthy. I know, this is shocking news, so hold back your gasps. I’m no health expert, but come on, isn’t this just common sense? We’ve been denying this fact for years, but we all know if something is too good to be true, it probably is. I’m not denying that this creamy, muli-faceted fake ice cream is delicious. We just need to stop thinking frozen yogurt is actually “yogurt.”

After the cupcake craze, the frozen yogurt fetish began – and we are right in the midst of it. With another Pinkberry location opening in Old Town and the launch of frozen yogurt truck Culture, The Yogurt Society, we’re pretty much surrounded with the sweet stuff.

What do these two obsessions have in common? They give us the illusion that we’re choosing the healthier option. Instead of indulging in an entire slice of cake, we can opt for a cupcake (with gobs of frosting) or even a mini in any array of flavors. And options like banana and strawberry mean they must be healthy, right?

With the frozen yogurt – especially in the summer – it seems like a better choice compared to heavy ice cream or custard. And it can be, as long as you choose the right toppings and keep it in your mind that you are STILL eating a dessert.

A lot of these frozen yogurts are filled with artificial sweeteners and ingredients no one can pronounce. Instead of gorging yourself on frozen yogurt, I have this crazy idea that it might be a better to indulge in a few bites of an actual, real dessert.

Just think about it for a minute. And in the meantime, put down that spoon…

–Marly Schuman