If your Instagram and Facebook feeds are anything like mine, you’re either one of two things:
- Extremely excited for that beach trip you’ve been looking forward to for months or…
- Sourgraping because you aren’t. Le sigh.
If you fall under the latter choice, then you’ve probably found more creative ways to beat the heat. When
mooching off the mall’s free aircon window-shopping gets boring, summer heat in the Philippines has been known to make us do crazy things. One of them? Succumbing to the temptation of that nearby ice cream/gelato/froyo joint you found on looloo. Now this is probably no big deal for us stuck in the city this summer (#LaBoreDay) but for those beach-bound, which icy treat is the lesser evil??
“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips” seems to be an appropriate description for this frozen favorite. Ice cream has the biggest percentage of milk fat with at least 10%. What’s weird is, for premium ice cream labels, the percentage rises to as much as 18% (that’s right, you actually pay MORE to consume more calories).
For those able to resist the allure of a cup of cookie dough, I salute you. Everyone else? See you at the gym!
Gelato, unlike its close cousin ice cream, is made almost solely with milk, sans the egg yolks and heavy cream. This brings down its fat content to about 3-10%, which in turn, brings up its #BoraBody rating!
Weight-watching concerns aside, the methods used in preparing gelato involve incorporating less air into the mix, making the creamy treat denser and its flavors more intense!
The slight +1 star edge froyo has over gelato on the #BoraBody ratings comes from the lower fat content percentage and the fact that frozen yogurt (when made with live cultures) has the added benefit of encouraging the growth of “friendly bacteria” in your digestive system. I’m no doctor, but it sure sounds healthier!
The OK-ka-na-tiyan factor plus going with healthier alternatives like nuts or berries (vs. chocolate sprinkles) for toppings will probably pay-off come bikini season. Mmmmm… b’kinis.