sorbet versus ice cream which is healthier calories fat

Ice-Cream VS Sorbet- which is healthier?

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**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).

sorbet versus ice cream which is healthier calories fat

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!

sorbet no fat no calories versus icecream

Sorbet wins!

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)

ice cream fat calories content weight loss health Calories 140
Total Fat
Saturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 45mg 
Total Carbohydrates
Sugar 17g

RDA of vitamins: Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 15% Calcium 8% Iron 0%

Light Aloha Brownie Ice Cream (Low fat)

lower fat ice cream calories nutrition weight loss health Calories 150
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 95mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Sugar 21g
Protein 3g

RDA of vitamins: Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 2% Calcium 10% Iron 4%

Lemon Sorbet

baskin robbins lemon sorbet weight loss fat calories compare to ice cream Calories 80
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Total Carbohydrates 21g
Sugar 20g
Protein 0g

RDA of vitamins: Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 500% Calcium 0% Iron 0%

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5 thoughts on “Ice-Cream VS Sorbet- which is healthier?

  1. Your article on ice cream v sorbet doesn’t tell one anything about which is more fattening….although sorbet has zero fat, your article fails to state the calories per size. For example how many calories per oz of each? I would still want to know calories per size…for example some frozen yogurts are 10 calories per oz, making them likely to be lower in fat calories than sorbet.

    1. Wow, Elizabeth, just wow.
      If you had READ the article you would have found out the serving size, the fat content, AND the total calories per serving.
      If sorbet has NO fat, and frozen yogurt has 10 fat calories per serving, sorbet would still have less fat!

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