**Update** Since I wrote this post in 2011 I no longer eat dairy so now I always go for sorbet. But if you are a dairy eater, sorbet is still the better option for all the reasons outlined below including unhealthy fats and calories.
I know both are delicious. So I thought it would be interesting to compare the nutritional content of regular ice-cream, low-fat ice-cream, and sorbet. Luckily the people at Baskin-Robbins have all of this information on their website! Each sample portion is 2.5oz (and tastes goooood).
And the verdict is….
-Sorbet has zero fat as opposed to both ice-creams which have 7g and 5g.
-Sorbet has 80 calories compared to the 140/150 of the ice-creams
-Sorbet has more sugar (20g) than the full-fat ice cream and nearly as much as the lower fat (21g).
-Sorbet has less Calcium, Vitamin A and Iron than the ice-cream.However, it has much more Vitamin C.
-Also, sorbet is made with loads of fruit. Which I’m pretty sure is better than chocolate and cream!
But bear in mind, the high sugar content of sorbet means it’s not actually a very healthy treat. It’s just healthier. And there are less vitamins (aside from the much higher quantity of Vitamin C). However, it’s a sad day when you’re getting your vitamins from ice-cream or sorbet! So the nutritional aspect is so negligible I wouldn’t count it.
There you have it. Next time you fancy a cool down reach for the sorbet- just don’t have too much as sugar has been proven to be bad for your skin and (surprise surprise) your waistline. Fat and calories aren’t the only bad things out there, unfortunately. If you are going for ice-cream make it a fruity option! And no toppings.
Very Berry Strawberry Ice Cream (Full-fat)
RDA of vitamins: Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 15% Calcium 8% Iron 0%
Light Aloha Brownie Ice Cream (Low fat)
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrates 26g
RDA of vitamins: Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 2% Calcium 10% Iron 4%
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 21g
RDA of vitamins: Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 500% Calcium 0% Iron 0%