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    why is heavy cream 'better' than half and half?

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    Why is this? based on nutrition I checked, full has more carbs? not much, but still more.

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    I think that it's because Heavy Whipping Cream is lower in carbs than Half and Half?

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    Also, half-and-half is probably made with homogenized milk, which alters the fat in a bad way. We've drunk only unhomogenized milk for a while, but this isn't generally a problem with whole cream.

    Half-and-half is milk mixed with cream -- milk has more carbs than cream because the cream is a higher percentage fat (like an order of magnitude more fat). So if 4% of your milk is fat and 40% of your cream is fat, your cream has less room left over for things like protein and sugars in a given volume. Since half-and-half is cream cut with milk, it's also got more sugars.

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    Plus, I think heavy whipping cream just tastes better sometimes I will drink it straight, I love the looks of disgust I get from my over weight housemates

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    Also, some of the stuff they label as "half and half" in the stores has WAY too many ingredients... with heavy cream you know where you stand!

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    Although you still have to look. I went to the store the other day and got NO cream because not one of them was just Cream! All of them had "less than 2% of.... carageenen and a couple of other things" . I put it back.
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    The worst thing I've seen lately is FAT-FREE half n' half!!! I mean doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose! You're right though about it being hard to find just plain cream without additives and thickeners.
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    OK makes sense now. Thanks!

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    Cream does have less carbs than half and half (not enough to worry about unless you are VLC). I am so lucky i get grass fed raw milk and raw cream every other week from a local farmer. Raw milk runs $5 a gallon and the cream is $10 for half gallon - so worth it. The cream is like liquid ice cream. I love it over a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries couple of time a week.

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    I had local strawberries with whipped local cream for breakfast this morning. Delicious. I also will drink cream straight from the bottle -- local, pastured cream just tastes so sweet.

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