Analysis of Grape Sherbet
The flavors that usually come to mind for sherbet -- lemon, lime and orange -- often have starring roles at summer picnics and ice cream socials. Modern culinary trends have produced additional sherbet flavors, such as grape and raspberry, both of which you can make with the whole fruit or juice. Commercial or homemade grape sherbet is a sweet, refreshing treat that has fewer calories per serving than ice cream.
Grape Sherbet Ingredients
Homemade recipes use grapes or grape juice mixed with milk or cream and sugar. Some recipes pair grape juice with gelatin for a smoother texture and better set. Commercial sherbet producers often add preservatives, binders and ascorbic acid, which boosts the vitamin C content of the product. Homemade grape sherbet will only provide the natural vitamin C contained in the juice or grapes that you use to make it.
A national frozen treats producer, Luigi's, sells 4-ounce servings of grape sherbet in the New York school lunch program. According to the distributor’s website, this serving size has 120 calories, of which 10 calories are from fat. The fat content of 1.5 grams per serving is 2 percent of the recommended daily value for a standard 2,000-calorie diet. This grape sherbet has 1 gram of saturated fat or 5 percent of the daily value. With 5 milligrams of cholesterol, this serving of grape sherbet contributes 2 percent of the recommended total daily intake. This serving contains no protein.
The 4-ounce serving of Luigi’s grape sherbet has 27 grams of carbohydrates, which equals 9 percent of the daily value. Sugar is the source of 25 grams of the total carbohydrate content. The 27 milligrams of sodium in this serving is less than 5 percent of the recommended maximum intake of 2,300 milligrams daily. The calcium content is 2 percent of the daily value or 20 milligrams. With a content of less than 5 percent, grape sherbet is not good source of calcium or any other minerals.
Other brands of grape sherbet might have slightly different nutrients, depending on the ingredients. National and regional ice cream shops also have their own versions of grape sherbet. Traditional orange sherbet has a calorie and nutrient profile that is similar to grape sherbet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A 4-ounce serving of orange sherbet also provides 22 milligrams of carbohydrates, of which 18 milligrams are from sugar. It has 1 gram each of fiber and protein, along with trace amounts of vitamins and minerals. Sorbet doesn't require milk and uses whole fruit instead of juice in its preparation. This alternative reduces the fat and calorie content of your frozen fruit treat.
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