Carbolite was a frozen yogurt and ice cream brand served at local grocers and frozen yogurt shops. It was a more health-conscious frozen dessert that was lower in sugar, fat and calories than typical frozen treats. While the product no longer exists, other similar ice creams and frozen yogurts are available to help you stay on track if you're following a weight-loss plan or have diabetes.
How it Measured Up
Carbolite came in low-carb, which contained a total of 4 grams of carbs and also offered a sugar-free version, which contained zero carbs. It came in a wide selection of flavors and a 1/2-cup serving contained between 50 and 120 calories depending on the flavor. The fat content was also low, with about 1 gram or less of fat per serving. The manufacturer of Carbolite used artificial sweeteners as a replacement for sugar to keep the calorie and carbohydrate content low.
Breyer's offers a reduced-calorie version of its frozen desserts, according to "The Doctor's Pocket Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter" by Allan Borushek. Depending on the flavor, a 1/2-cup serving contains an average of 90 total calories, 1 gram or less of fat and 4 grams of sugar. This nutrient composition is very similar to that of Carbolite. Stonyfield features an array of frozen yogurts, including low-calorie versions. You can expect a 1/2-cup serving to contain roughly 100 calories, 2 grams of fat or less and 4 grams of carbohydrates.
Make Your Own
The best way to control the nutrient content of your snacks is to make them yourself. It's easy and even fun to make frozen desserts and doesn't take much time. Try making berry frozen yogurt with your favorite berries. Blackberries and blueberries are good options. For six servings, combine 3 cups of berries, 3/4 cup of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 6 teaspoons of sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Freeze the mixture for about six hours until solid then break into chunks, blend until smooth and enjoy.
What to Look For
When shopping for frozen desserts look for nonfat or low-fat varieties that contain no more than 5 grams of saturated fat. Read the nutrition label or inquire with the server if you're at a yogurt shop, and check that the total calories per serving is 150 or less. If you're following a low-carb diet or have diabetes, look for a frozen yogurt that contains 10 grams of carbs or less. For those wanting to avoid artificial sweeteners, look for one containing natural sweeteners such as stevia.
- American Diabetes Association Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating; Hope Warshaw, R.D.
- The Doctor's Pocket Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter; Allan Borushek
- Ace Fitness: Berry Frozen Yogurt
- American Diabetes Association: On the Go with Froyo