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Hey HG,

I love Pinkberry frozen yogurt. However, I noticed recently that the calorie counts are higher than I remember. What gives? Any idea?!

Go with the Fro
Dear Go with the Fro,

I, too, LOVE frozen yogurt. And I've been a huge Pinkberry fan for a while. There are some things you should keep in mind when calculating calories in ANY kind of soft-serve frozen yogurt, but first I want to address your Pinkberry question. Here's the deal...

The stats HAVE in fact changed recently. (Click here to download the current nutritionals.) After a lawsuit settlement regarding nutritional claims and manufacturing practices, the Pinkberry people made some changes to their yogurt production. They also changed the way they calculate the calories to be more realistic. Apparently, since Pinkberry launched in 2005, a half-cup serving of the Original has gone from supposedly having 70 calories to 100 calories, and a half-cup serving of the Green Tea flavor has gone from 50 to 110 calories. That's a pretty big difference! Plus, there is no serving size you can actually order that contains just one half-cup serving -- the small size has 1.5 servings, medium has 2.3 servings, and large has 3.8 servings. So keep all that in mind when ordering at Pinkberry -- and DO THE MATH!!!

Now some general frozen yogurt tips...

1. Size matters. A 6-oz. cup can hold a LOT more than 6 ounces. They ALWAYS swirl more on top! Ask them to weigh it for you. Or just make an educated guess based on how high your fro yo is towering over the top of the cup.

2. The stats don't include toppings. (You know this!) Even fruit adds calories, so keep that in mind when tallying.

3. Some of these places offer a slew of flavors but only display stats for the plain/base variety. So ask questions or do some research. Tasti D-Lite provides nutritionals for all of its flavors online. (Click here to see 'em.)

Hope this helps! Enjoy your chilly treats :)

Hungry Girl,

I have been a subscriber since 2004 and have noticed that people seem to be copying you (or attempting to copy you) left and right. I'm sure lots of your subscribers have noticed it, too. How does this make you feel? It always bothers me when I see this happen, and I tell everyone that it's just an HG rip-off.

Accepting No Substitutes
Dear Accepting,

Wow. Good question. And it's one that I have wanted to address for a long time. First of all, my parents always told me that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I think that's true. Hungry Girl has been very successful, and so people want to piggyback on it, copy it, steal it -- whatever. Whether it's a boring new "healthy cooking" TV show on some cable network, a book, or some other daily web content/email service ripping off our secret ingredients, tips, recipes and even our "voice" -- people emulate what's popular. There's no way around that. The good news is, the more HG copycats that are out there, the more people will be thinking about maintaining a healthy weight, making lifestyle improvements, and making smarter food choices. And THAT'S really what matters here. I do think some of the blatant rip-offs could be a little more original and creative, though. They're usually kind of dull, no? Thanks for being such a loyal HGer -- YOU ROCK!

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