Ice cream and frozen yogurt are both frozen treats made from dairy products, but there is a noticeable difference that sets them apart. In order for a frozen treat to be officially labeled as ice cream, it must contain at least 10 percent milk fat. This requirement is usually achieved through the addition of cream, and premium ice cream can contain as much as 16 percent milk fat. Frozen yogurt is not made with cream and does not have a fat requirement. Instead, it is made with cultured milk such as yogurt.
If you choose to eat frozen yogurt, remember to still improve your portion size and choose the healthier toppings. Choose toppings such as fresh fruit and nuts to get the protein and fiber. These toppings will also likely be lower in calories, fat and sugar than other toppings. If you prefer ice cream, try adjusting your fat intake elsewhere in your diet to make up for the higher fat content. Another way is to choose less-fat ice cream.