A thorough investigation by consumer watchdog Choice has revealed that many frozen yoghurt (froyo) outlets could be violating Australian Consumer Law as well as making health claims that are highly exaggerated and untrue.
Further, many of these stores did not have the nutritional information of their products ready.
Froyo stores advertise that their products can help slow down the ageing process. According to Food policy advisor at Choice, Angela McDougall, these claims are completely false.
She also clarified that froyo is not a health food but a dessert. "Froyo might be tasty but it's not a health food and it's unlikely to give consumers the outlandish health benefits claimed by some stores. If you enjoy froyo, it's important to think of it as a naughty treat like you would ice cream, rather than some healthy alternative with magical properties."
It is imperative to adopt a standard kilojoule-labelling system for take-away food outlets so that consumers can make a healthy choice.