Think frozen yogurt is the healthy option How your Pinkberry cup contains more sugar than a McDonald's McFlurry, Krispy Kreme and Wendy's Chocolate Frosty
19:45 GMT, 31 August 2012
Frozen yogurt bars are popping up all over town, but a growing number of nutritionists are warning that the dairy treat might not be as healthy as people think.
Many experts highlight that while many flavours often contain less fat than traditional ice cream they are often packed with sugar to make them more palatable.
When comparing Pinkberry's frozen yogurt flavours with a range of seemingly sugar-laden desserts MailOnline discovered that, per 100g, ten of Pinkberry's offerings contain as much sugar as a McDonald's McFlurry and more sugar than both an original glazed Krispy Kreme and a medium-sized Wendy's Chocolate Frosty.
On average we found Pinkberry's original frozen yogurt range contains 22g of sugar per 100g
However the Pinkberry selection does contain significantly fewer calories and less fat.
Explaining the high levels of sugar found in frozen yogurts Lana Masor, a New York-based nutritionist in told Refinery 29: 'There are two things in
this world that make food taste really good – fat and sugar – so if
something claims to be fat-free but it tastes delicious, you can bet
that it is loaded with sugar.
'Even worse, low in fat and
sugar means lots of ingredients that do not occur in nature.'
Both a McDonald's McFlurry and an original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut contain less sugar per 100g than many of the frozen yogurts
HOW POPULAR SWEET TREATS COMPARE TO PINKBERRY
On average Pinkberry's original frozen yogurt range contains 22g of sugar per 100g. Here's how other popular sweet treats compare:
SUGAR (100g)YOGURTLAND PLAIN TART FROZEN YOGURT31
RED MANGO WILD RASPBERRY FROZEN YOGURT26
YOGOMONSTER CHOCOLATE FROZEN YOGURT
16 HANDLES COFFEE BREAK FROZEN YOGURT
PINKBERRY COCONUT FROZEN YOGURT
23MCDONALD'S MCFLURRY WITH OREO COOKIES22
KRISPY KREME ORIGINAL GLAZED DOUGHNUT 19
WENDY'S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE FROSTY
Nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, founder of Middleberg Nutritionist in New York, told MailOnline: 'What seems to be a healthy, harmless snack can actually pack on the calories and pounds.
'At Pinkberry for example, their cup serving is a kiddy size, while their medium cup clocks in at 253 calories and 46 g of sugar.. You might as well have one scoop of real full-fat ice cream.'
A report released earlier this month also slammed so-called low-calorie ice creams and frozen yoghurt as it revealed that many options contain as much
as 68 per cent more calories than the label claims.
The Today show found that a sample of Arctic Zero's Chocolate Peanut
Butter flavour, which claims to have no more than 150 calories per pint,
in fact contained closer to 250.
Another flavour from the same brand, Vanilla Maple, fared little better with 46 per cent more calories than the label claimed.
In light of the report each of the brands featured on the show issued a statement defending the claims, stating that the respective calorie counts are accurate.
Ms Masor added: 'In the super-sweet flavors of frozen
yogurt, there is going to be less fat but not necessarily less sugar
than regular ice cream.
'And then if the frozen yogurt is
sugar-free, then you can bet it is filled with artificial sweeteners
amongst other chemicals.'