How much heavy cream is too much?

by 1866 · April 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Lately, I've been drinking a latte made with grass-fed heavy cream, espresso, and cinnamon, on an almost daily basis (about a large cups worth). Tastes good, and keeps morning hunger pangs away until I'm settled in at work. Any reason I should cut back on my heavy cream intake?

Do most of you use heavy cream just as a flavor enhancer, or do you drink the stuff outright?

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18236 · May 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

I pour about 4 tablespoons into my coffee daily. Also, I'll dump a half cup onto a fruit bowl (like a sliced banana or some blueberries or both). Also, sometimes I'll chase a little snack with a couple spoonfuls of cream just because I like to end on that. We go through about 3-4 pints per week. Just stay away from the heavy cream with additives in it. Get the ones with only one single ingredient, cream. If you are getting it from an establishment, be CERTAIN to ask them to see the ingredients, especially since you are drinking that much of it daily. And as Richard noted, don't get ultra pasteurized.

If you tolerate it well, cream is good, and very satiating.

Update: Wow. Ya know... it's really cool to see archived answers pop up on the grid. LadyAdmin just commented on this below so I took a look at this again. Look at how much cream I used to consume. 3-4 pints per week. That's 2 gallons per month!! Yes cream is good, and very satiating. That is still a true statement, but I have come to learn that just because a food is free of additives doesn't mean swallowing gallons of it every month is a healthy thing to do. That's too much sat fat from palmitic acid. I haven't bought heavy cream for several months, and now I probably have about 1 pint of Trader Joes organic half and half per month on average. What a difference.

2231 · May 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I use a lot of heavy cream, and I think it has contributed to my weight LOSS.

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39204 · May 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM

You recently posted a thread where you stated that your cholesterol was 320. Dairy fat is likely the reason why it was that high. I got mine to 391 with tons of butter. Whether this is significant in terms of health/longevity is anyone's guess, but there is a strong relationship between myristic/palmitic acid intake and LDL cholesterol.

7741 · May 25, 2011 at 10:46 PM

No limit for me. I love the stuff and I need to gain weight anyway. I typically go through 4-6 pints per week.

20762 · May 25, 2011 at 3:23 PM

I get a Tall HC Latte about 3 times a week from Starbucks. I've been doing that for years. I see no problem with it. You can't go wrong with 50 cals/tablespoon of saturated fat. I'm very lactose intolerant, milk will send me to the bathroom very quickly. But I can drink cream all day long. That tells me that there's nothing bad there :) I also have cream in my morning coffee at home and make unsweetened whip cream for dessert sometimes.

1212 · May 25, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I have been drinking it for years, probably around 1.5 to 2 quarts a week. The raw cream is too expensive to consume all the time for me so I usually get the pasteurized (not ultra) organic. I'm assuming it has all or most of the same health promoting properties that butter has...all the fat soluble vitamins, CLA, arachidonic acid, cholesterol. It's also good to have with fruit in that the fat in cream will slow down the absorption of the sugar in the fruit.

10 · March 13, 2012 at 12:29 AM

3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream + 1/2 cup of cottage cheese + 1 scoop casein protein powder

Blend. (Hand immersion blender or the Magic Bullet are stunning for this.)

It's cheesecake - without the carbs.

1746 · May 26, 2011 at 1:43 PM

To answer your question, I go through at least 1.5 litres a week and if I want a big calorie hit I have been known to go through that much in a day. Occasionally I like to really smash the calories through the roof, 4000-5000 calories every so often just to stir things up and cream is a handy easy way to get the extra calories. So if you handle it, go for it..

6140 · May 25, 2011 at 2:59 PM

It is hard for me to lose weight with a lot of dairy, but that is a personal quirk and if it is for good or bad depends on your goals.

124 · April 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Just whipped up 300ml with some honey, brazil nuts, cashews and raisins.

safe to say i feel full now :)

0 · February 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Not to be a contrarian, and a very late add to this discussion, but I'd argue that any cream, any dairy really, is too much except for the most special of occasions. Grassfed or no, pasteurized or no, high fat, low fat, doesn't matter when it comes to the fact that milk from ruminants would have been rarely if ever consumed by our paleolithic forebears. And really the same goes for coffee. Neither are even remotely part of the same types or classes of foods our ancestors would have had access to. Have your coffee and cream if you want -- and pay whatever costs -- but please don't pretend it's paleo.

1009 · May 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I went very ketotic ala Archevore/PaNu, drinking lots of heavy cream and went from a size 35 to a 30 waist. I lost weight, eating high fat, which included heavy cream. The amounts per day varied depending on hunger and schedule. I probably went thru about 8oz per day. I transitioned, once lean, to higher protein.

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