On a Ketogenic diet, it’s essential to reduce the carbs we take. If you are familiar with the diet, you might know that cheese is a common keto-friendly ingredient, but is Cream Keto? How many carbs are in a cup of cream?
In this guide, you will learn if cream is a keto-friendly dairy product and how much you can safely take to stay in ketosis!
Cream is a very common ingredient on a keto diet. Not only would you find it in many recipes online, but it’s also in a myriad of ready-made items.
What Are Dairy Products?
Dairy products are all products that are issued from animal milk.
Animal milk commonly comes from cows, goats, sheep, or buffalo.
Is Cream Keto?
The definition of cream varies from country to country, but they are all made by skimming the fat layer from the top of milk.
Some countries like France have 10 different official varieties of cream based on fat content and production method. In the US, there are 5 varieties based on the fat content of the cream.
From Half and Half (between 10% and 18% fat) to Manufacturer’s Cream (over 40% fat), Heavy Cream is the most common high-fat cream available.
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Heavy Cream is also a good source of protein with 2 to 4 grams of protein per 100 grams. However, it can’t be the only source of your protein intake.
Cream is generally a keto-friendly ingredient. Let’s have a look at the details!
How Many Carbs In Cream?
The table below summarizes the net carbs per 100 grams of cream.
|Type of Cream||Net Carbs||Fat||Protein||Calories|
|Half and Half Cream||4.3g||11.5g||3.1g||131 kcal|
|Light Cream||3.7g||19.1g||3g||195 kcal|
|Whipping Cream||3g||31g||2.2g||292 kcal|
|Heavy Cream||2.8g||36g||2.8g||340 kcal|
|Whipped Cream||12.5g||22.2g||3.2g||257 kcal|
|Sour Cream||4.6g||19.3g||2.4g||198 kcal|
All data comes from the FoodCentral database.
As you can see, apart from Whipped Cream that has added sugar, all creams are relatively keto-friendly. Plus, remember that cream is generally taken in relatively small amounts.
Note that grocery-store-bought Whipped Cream is not the same as Heavy Whipping Cream. The former is made with the latter, but most of the time with sugar.
Dairy-Free Cream Alternatives
If you can’t process dairy products but you still want to make delicious keto recipes, here are a few of the common low-carb swaps for cream:
- Unsweetened Coconut Cream
- Thick Canned Coconut Milk
- Unsweetened Almond Cream