Half and Half vs Heavy Cream
Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 09:37 AM


Senior Low-Carber


Can anyone tell me why the preference to Heavy when Half and Half has the same amount of carbs and really does mix better in coffee... the Heavy Cream always puts nasty oil bubbles on the top of my coffee and it is not very appealing..

Just curious what your takes are..
Thanks

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RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 10:22 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Hmmm.... Usually people here say half and half has more carbs. That's interesting. The thing about HWC is that it also has higher fat, which is part of the LC WOE.

I realize it's a big adjustment. Maybe you can work your way up to it by using a little of both and weening yourself off the half and half and onto the HWC over time...

There are some things I can't quite tolerate yet. The high fat, in general, gets to me sometimes. But I'm slowly adding more and more.

I'm sure others will have some good info. for you!!

Katie Jay

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RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 10:54 AM


Expert Low-Carber


Probably, you need to read the labels of several brands of the HWC. I even think some is whipping cream and some is heavy whipping cream. Generally, the HWC is lower in carbohydrate. I haven't found any organic HWC in my city so far, so I use the HWC from Wal-Mart of Sam's. They are both extrememely low in carbohydrate.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 11:51 AM


Expert Low-Carber


According to http://www.calorieking.com the heavy cream has half the carbs of half and half and 5 times the amount of fat. On a low carb lifestyle, this is a no-brainer. Less carbs, more fat, better health.

The next time someone questions your Low-Carb way of life, and tries to give you "words of wisdom" against it, quote them these words from Michael Scott of NBC's "The Office": "I will swallow what you just said, digest it, and see what comes out the other end."

RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 12:01 PM


Expert Low-Carber


If you go by the serving size on the label, around 1 T, there isn't much difference. For larger serving sizes, there is a bigger difference, half & half is 10.4 g of carbs per CUP, vs 6.6 g for HWC.

For the small amount you put in your coffee, it isn't much difference, but it does make a difference at higher quantities. I prefer HWC in my coffee, but settle for H&H if HWC isn't available. HWC mixes well with my coffee unless it's gone bad. Try some fresh HWC. If you still prefer H&H, it won't make much difference with the small amount you put in coffee. Just watch the quantities.

Sugar is the enemy; fat is my friend. The only bad fats are artificial fats.
Low Fat & Fat Free -- tastes bad, bad for you.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 12:10 PM


Senior Low-Carber


THANK YOU GUYS!!!! maybe my heavy cream is bad.. it puts this oily residue on the top of the coffee.. I have a new container will try that. Thank you.

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RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 03:11 PM


Advanced Low-Carber



The label on the heavy whipping cream that I buy at the local supermarket here, lists 0g carbs, and 100% of calories from fat.



RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 06:03 PM


Senior Low-Carber


I used to be a half ad halfer before low carbing. I tried HWC in my coffee but just couldn't get used to it. I went with the happy medium. Light cream - more fat, less carbs than H&H but not as heavy in the coffes as HWC.

Sue
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-16-2009 06:50 PM


Moderator



For the small amount you put in your coffee, it isn't much difference, but it does make a difference at higher quantities. I prefer HWC in my coffee, but settle for H&H if HWC isn't available. HWC mixes well with my coffee unless it's gone bad. Try some fresh HWC. If you still prefer H&H, it won't make much difference with the small amount you put in coffee. Just watch the quantities.
This post set everything I was about to say...so I second this post.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-17-2009 01:06 AM


Senior Low-Carber


I just use half&half with my coffee.It taste best and is low carb with the low amounts I use.If Im making a dessert with cream then I look for the HWC with very low carbs.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-17-2009 11:45 AM


Expert Low-Carber



The label on the heavy whipping cream that I buy at the local supermarket here, lists 0g carbs, and 100% of calories from fat.
Look at the serving size. 1 T has less than 0.5 g carb and therefore can be listed as "zero" on the label. I used Fitday to check the carb content in 1 cup. BTW, that's the same labeling loophole (less than 0.5 g per serving) that allows products to claim "zero trans fat" when they actually contain some partially hydrogenated oils.

One of the barristas at Starbucks said some people ask for lattes with HWC. Depending on the size, you could get 8 - 15 g of carbs that way.

Sugar is the enemy; fat is my friend. The only bad fats are artificial fats.
Low Fat & Fat Free -- tastes bad, bad for you.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-17-2009 12:49 PM


Senior Low-Carber


I also had to do the math with larger quantities (1/2 cup and 1 cup) to figure out the actual difference in carb counts, as packaging is misleading if you are using larger quantities.

I don't always love the richness of HWC, so I mix it with water sometimes. Gives me my own equivalent of half and half (or not) with less carbs.


The label on the heavy whipping cream that I buy at the local supermarket here, lists 0g carbs, and 100% of calories from fat.
Look at the serving size. 1 T has less than 0.5 g carb and therefore can be listed as "zero" on the label. I used Fitday to check the carb content in 1 cup. BTW, that's the same labeling loophole (less than 0.5 g per serving) that allows products to claim "zero trans fat" when they actually contain some partially hydrogenated oils.

One of the barristas at Starbucks said some people ask for lattes with HWC. Depending on the size, you could get 8 - 15 g of carbs that way.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 03-17-2009 02:00 PM


Moderator


This rounding thing can really get you...particularly at places like Starbucks. I used to get a large cup of coffee with three Splenda and heavy cream.

Due to rounding issues, I thought it was no carb, but it was actually almost to 7.

large cup of coffee (2 carbs)
3 Splendas (3 carbs)
4 tablespoons of HC (1.5 carbs)

On days I had 2 cups, I almost burned my entire calories allowance for the day. Just be careful and don't believe everything you read on labels. (sadly)
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-07-2012 10:15 PM


Newbie Low-Carber


Holly cow! I'm brand new to all of this and clearly found this sight in just a nick of time. Coffee has 2carbs!!!!
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-08-2012 12:00 AM


Expert Low-Carber


For the amount of cream most people put in coffee, it does not matter--unless you are adding a quarter cup at a time. It is like fresh lemon in water. Yes, there are carbs there, but not enough to really matter--again, unless you are adding more that usual. If the half and half works better and tastes better, use it.

When you start getting bogged down in minute detail of carbs, you are setting yourself up for failure later on when you get bored of counting every 1/4 carb.
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-08-2012 12:21 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Heavy cream has vegetable oil mixed in. That's what makes it heavy.

Mackay Rippey

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RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-08-2012 06:42 PM


Senior Low-Carber


If you have a Trader Joe's store near you, check out their heavy cream--it's JUST cream. Whole Foods also carries at least one brand with no additives, but I can't remember the name now.

I've discovered that most heavy cream brands have additives, especially carageenan (sp?).

The TJ brand pours more smoothly, it a bit thinner, and doesn't have the fat floating on top of the coffee. I'm sold on it and won't be buying any other brands (I just found it two days ago).



Weezy
RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-08-2012 07:24 PM


Expert Low-Carber


Sigh.. I changed a few months ago from hwc to half and half and just recently switched back to hwc... now I see that the organic kind I bought has the carragreen and something else in it... sigh.

So after yo yoing about this -and since I can't get raw, what SHOULD I get?

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RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-08-2012 09:04 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I feel like a nut. I read all labels except for cream. I'll be looking at those cream cartons from now on.

Jane-who is very fortunate

RE: Half and Half vs Heavy Cream , 02-08-2012 11:49 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I saw the label on the organic cream I just bought and saw that all calories were from fat and thought, "good" I like how the 1/2 and 1/2 is in the coffee better, smoother or something - but felt like I needed to go back to hwc. I only have 2 options, store brand or organic. I thought for sure the organic would be better. UGh!

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