During summer, most people naturally look for a nice cool treat on hot day – and often that treat is ice-cream. Others, however, tend to choose sorbet because they conclude that it’s healthier. Is that actually true? Let’s compare the two!
Most ice-creams are made using full fat milk and double cream, so they contain a lot more calories than sorbet.
However, they also contain more nutrients such as Calcium, Phosphorus, Iodine and Potassium. Lower fat ice-creams tend have similar amounts of nutrients with less calories, so they may be a good option to consider.
If you choose a fruity ice-cream, it has more nutritional benefits and generally has less calories than non-fruit flavours.
Sorbet is basically made from water and sugar mixed with fruit puree, so other than vitamin C there’s no nutritional benefit, but as mentioned it’s lower in fat and calories.
So in conclusion, while neither can be considered ‘healthy’, there’s no clear-cut answer to which is better.
If you want less calories and fat, go for sorbet, but if you want more nutritional value then choose ice-cream!
The best type of ice cream to choose in theory would be a fruity, low-fat flavour.