Is It Worth the Splurge? Frozen Treats

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Melissa F. Pheterson on Sep 10, 2008 at 6:15PM

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Is It Worth the Splurge? Frozen Treats

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Learn the Lingo

Getting brain freeze from all the terms tossed around for frozen dessert? Here's the scoop:

  • The difference between ice cream and frozen yogurt is minimal—they've got similar sweeteners, calories and nutrients, like calcium and protein.
  • Fruit-flavored sherbets also contain milk or cream, but if you're watching fat intake, sherbet's the way to go—most have two percent butterfat or less, compared to ice cream's 10 percent-plus.
  • Sorbets, generally fruit-based, are technically ices (as in Italian ice).
  • To avoid confusing sherbet with sorbet, check out the texture. Sorbet is granular; sherbet is creamy.
  • Sorbet has less fat than ice cream—and none of its milk, cream or eggs—but generally the same amount of sugar.
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