Healthy Food Faceoff: Dessert

on August 27, 2012

Frozen yogurt vs. ice cream

Obviously, lowfat fro yo is a better choice, but it’s only slightly better. Typical brands have 114 calories and 4 grams of fat per half cup, compared with 137 calories and 7.3 fat grams for the same amount of ice cream. Frozen yogurt does hold a pretty big edge over ice cream in that it has less saturated fat (3.5 grams less) making it a healthier choice for your heart. Choose brands that contain probiotics, those friendly bacteria that purportedly ease stomach problems, for added benefit (look for the words “Live and Active Cultures” on the label).

Pudding vs. gelatin

Both are acceptable snacks or desserts, but we say go with the pudding. Gelatin is mostly sugar, while pudding has some protein and a nice amount of calcium, 100 mg to 150 mg per serving. The milk protein makes it more satisfying.

Chocolate mousse vs. cheesecake

They may seem equally rich, but they’re not. Chocolate mousse has about 30 fewer calories and 2 grams less fat per ounce than commercially prepared cheesecake.

Creme brulee vs. chocolate cake

The two are similar in calories and fat, with the crème brulee weighing in at 210 calories and 10 grams of fat and the cake at 235 calories and 10.5 fat grams. But healthwise, you’ll get more out of the crème brulee, as it also boasts 300 mg of calcium (the nutrients in chocolate cake are negligible).

Cupcake vs. brownie

A chocolate cupcake with frosting slams the brownie, with about 100 fewer calories (130) and one-fifth of the fat (1.6 grams) per cupcake.