Why gelato is good for you. A healthy and natural dessert choice

How healthy is gelato? Is gelato healthier than ice cream? How guilty should I feel about just finishing off that entire pint by myself? The answer might surprise you. Yes, it is true that Gelato is a dessert that contains some fat and sugar besides water, but that doesn’t mean that gelato isn’t healthy. In fact, it’s much healthier than ice cream and a more natural substitute to other desserts like cookies or donuts. We’re here to give you the guilt-free facts you want to know!

Gelato: A Healthy Alternative

Sure, gelato tastes good, but is gelato good for you? We already know that gelato is better for you than ice cream. For instance, according to the SF Gate, vanilla gelato only has 90 calories, with 3 grams of fat and 10 grams of sugar in a 3.5 ounce serving. On the other hand, a classic vanilla ice cream has a whopping 125 calories, 7 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugar. A lot!

Gelato uses water or milk as its base to highlight the flavors of the main ingredients, thus giving it a low butterfat content of about 5%. The simple, natural ingredients give it a creamier and richer flavor than that of ice cream.

Gelato Nutrition Facts

  • Gelato contains a high amount of protein, which is needed daily in the human diet.
  • Gelato contains a high number of vitamins, particularly in fruit flavors.
  • Gelato contains milk, which is a great source of calcium, without all of the fat in cream.

Organic, local, dairy-free gelato ingredients

GIO Gelati also uses all-natural and, wherever available, organic and local  ingredients!

GIO Gelati also offers several lactose-free flavors that use oat milk as the liquid ingredient.

Our dairy-free fruit flavors use only water and thanks to our artisanal production process, they are as “creamy” as can be. Try our passionfruit or nectarine flavors if you don’t believe us!

The Final Scoop 

Gelato is healthy as far as desserts go, lest we forget that it is a dessert. Anything made out of water , fat and sugar is an indulgence. But what is life without a little indulgence? We at GIO Gelati are here to satisfy your most indulgent cravings, knowing that we are giving our community the healthiest, most natural ingredients we have to give, now right to your doorstep. Ciao for now!


GIO Gelati has been making authentic Italian gelato in San Francisco since 2018 and quickly become the most loved gelato place in the Bay Area.
GIO Gelati is now offering a new gelato delivery service for gelato lovers. The GIO Club program offers regular delivery of delicious Italian gelato at your door every 2 or 4 weeks. It’s not ice cream, it’s gelato!