Culture clash: frozen yoghurt

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02.Is it really yoghurt?

Yoghurt is milk and live cultures (bacteria) fermented to create that distinctive sour taste. Commercial yoghurts may also have added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or added cream, milk solids, gelatine and gums to create texture.

The only frozen yoghurt company we found with a complete ingredients list was WowCow - which does contain milk and cultures, with added sugar. While we can't establish the formula used by other companies, we suspect it would be similar.

Plain frozen yoghurt compared to average natural yoghurt per 100g

Frozen yoghurt Natural yoghurt

427 to 601kJ 370kJ

15 to 22g sugar 5g sugar

1.5g saturated fat 2.7g saturated fat

3g protein 6g of protein

100mg calcium 200mg of calcium

A lemon gelato has around 440kJ per 100g, 22g sugar and almost no fat or protein.

What's in frozen yoghurt?

“I consider it a huge stretch of the imagination to call this list of ingredients ‘real’ yoghurt,” says nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton.


“I’d call them milk-based desserts," says Stanton. "They have about half the calcium content of regular yoghurt and 1.5 times the kilojoule count, with all that added sugar.”

She also suggests that despite claims of active cultures by some outlets, product testing is needed before claiming that probiotic bacteria are present.

Over the page: Supersize me - how frozen yoghurt can bust your budget and deliver an unexpected kilojoule blowout.


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