What’s with Pinkberry?

July 29, 2008

Recently, my fiance and I discovered a new Pinkberry that just opened down the street from us.  With very low expectations of this new trendy frozen yogurt place, we decided to give it a try. We ordered a small cup of the original flavor and topped it off with fresh blueberry, strawberry and kiwi.  To our surprise, we LOVED it!  It’s been 2 weeks since our discovery and we have already become regulars! This sudden and almost scary new addiction has made me wonder…what’s in this stuff, what is it doing to my body and is this really good for me?

So, of course, I got curious and did a little research…

It turns out the main ingredients of Pinkberry frozen yogurt include skim milk, nonfat yogurt, sucrose, fructose, dextrose, nonfat dry milk, nonfat dry yogurt, and then less than 2% food additives (to preserve flavor and to improve taste and appearance).

One small cup of the original flavor has only 98 calories, 0 grams of fat,  and 4.2 grams of protein.  Even the large (which is enormous!) has only 252 calories and 0 fat!  The other flavors are green tea (small- 70 calories, 0 fat; large-180 calories, 0 fat) and coffee (small- 126 calories, 0 fat; large- 324 calories, 0 fat).

Not only is this sweet, refreshing dessert low in fat and calories, it is a good source of calcium (which helps to keep your bones strong). And, by choosing to add fruit as a topping, can help you to meet your daily fruit servings!

Additionally, it was recently given the “Live and Active Cultures” seal from the National Yogurt Associaton, which means that it contains more than 10 million live and active cultures per gram at the time of manufacture.  There is a lot of evidence suggesting that certain live and active cultures can have potential health benefits.  Although the total health benefits of these cultures are not conclusive at this time, at the minimum they can help individuals who have trouble digesting lactose. For these people, this means that they can get the health benefits of milk products, without all the discomfort.

Perhaps this is my way of rationalizing my new obsession, but, I do believe it is certainly a good choice and alternative to many high calorie desserts. 🙂

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