Good quality ice cream is healthier than high-sugar yogurt.

So yesterday I was standing in line at the Co-op next to a very pregnant woman who was pining after the amazing local ice cream in my shopping basket. She was buying some high-sugar yogurt shipped from the other side of the country. She said she was “being good.”

Thing is, I think her body and her baby would have appreciated it if she’d been “bad” and eaten the ice cream instead. First of all, the milk in her yogurt wasn’t organic and likely came from grain and soy-eating cows in a large factory-type milking operation. My ice cream was organic, and the milk came from a Guernsey herd right up the road that’s grass-fed most of the year, with farm-made silage and hay in the winter.

The difference in fat-quality between grass-fed and grain-fed beef and dairy is well-documented. Grass-fed animals produce milk and meat that’s higher in omega-3 and other essential fatty acids. I wonder if she was taking an omega-3 supplement with her grain-fed yogurt?

And the sugar thing. Her yogurt had 36 grams of sugar per cup. I don’t know exactly how much sugar was in my ice cream (its small producer isn’t required to do nutrition labeling) but I can make a guess. It’s significantly less sweet than, say, Ben & Jerry’s—one of the reasons I like it—and B&J’s Organic Vanilla has 32 grams of sugar per cup.

So. My ice cream was higher in omega-3s and lower in sugar than her yogurt. The only thing the yogurt had going for it was its live culture—and I know a great local pickle company that could help her with that.

Good food. It’s good.

2 Comments »

  1. andy said,

    December 3, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    I think that I’m gonna have to make “Good food. It’s Good.” my new motto. It make me wonder if you know about the good folks over at the Ethicurian (http://www.ethicurean.com/) and their wonderful motto, “Chew the right thing.”?

  2. crabappleherbs said,

    December 4, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up! It looks like a great site. So much out there to read…

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