Fro-yo Nutrition Showdown: Elon Edition
Given that the majority of Healthy In College’s followers thus far are students at Elon University, this post is geared towards them.
In the past two months, Elon has welcomed the addition of two new frozen yogurt shops. Before, the closest we got to frozen yogurt was a one dollar waffle cone at TCBY on Wednesdays or a watery wannabe fro-yo substance in Octagon. Now we are down right spoiled with two decadent frozen yogurt places within five minutes of campus.
Which shop is superior is a hotly debated topic among Elon students. The pros and cons range from price, location, and quality of yogurt. We are not going to promote one or the other, but rather just bring you the facts.
Located in the newly renovated Holy Mill Mall, the pioneer frozen yogurt place attracts both Elon students and locals. People are drawn to this place because of the self-serve machine: a multitude of flavors of both yogurt and sorbet and toppings are offered, allowing customers to master their own creations. Price is based on weight of the final product.
Now, the toppings range from strawberries to cookie dough to hot fudge, so nutritional value will obviously depend on the individual product, but the yogurt itself is fat-free, low-calorie, cholesterol-free, kosher, non-dairy, and gluten-free with live and active cultures.
But how does the nutrition value of the yogurt add up? Below are the nutritional listings for the yogurt for three popular flavors. Remember, 88 grams is around 3 oz, which means filling about 1/3 of the big white cup with yogurt.
The newest addition to the town of Elon, this yogurt shop began in Durham and prides itself on using only local ingredients and toppings. Unlike Yo! Zone, Local Yogurt is independently run and offers a variety of toppings from organic and gluten-free granola to Ruffles Potato Chips. Pricing depends on the number of toppings and the size of the treat, either petite, small, medium, or large. Both the original and “flavored” yogurts contain live and active cultures and all-natural ingredients. The yogurt also contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and is certified kosher. The nutritional information listed below are for 4 oz, which is between the petite size which is 3 oz, and the small, which is 5 oz.