Will “whipping cream” or “Half-and-half” work or does it have to be “heavy whipping cream”?

/Will “whipping cream” or “Half-and-half” work or does it have to be “heavy whipping cream”?

Will “whipping cream” or “Half-and-half” work or does it have to be “heavy whipping cream”?

Whipping cream can work, it just has a lower fat content. Lower fat content means more lactose (sugar) which will make ketosis more difficult. Half-and-half has an even lower fat content and REALLY a lot of sugar that will likely guarantee you won’t get into ketosis. I only ever use “whipping cream” when I’m traveling and need to use the Trader Joe’s Shelf Stable Whipping Cream.

Here are the calories and carbohydrate content for a 15ml, 1 tablespoon “serving”:

fat % calories carbs carbs/400 calories
Half-and-half 12 18 0.71 15.78
Light cream 20 29 0.31 4.28
Whipping cream 35 44 0.44 4.00
Heavy whipping cream 38 51 0.41 3.22
Darigold “Classic 40 40 60 0.40 2.67

The ironic thing is all of these have less than 1g per “serving” so they will often label the package as “0g total carbs” even though the half-and-half has nearly 6x as many carbs per calorie. You have to muck around the USDA food database to get the accurate nutrition information.

By | 2017-03-09T07:19:45+00:00 March 9th, 2017|4 Comments

About the Author:

Chris Bair is a technology and computer geek. He became involved in the powdered foods (aka "soylent") movement in January 2014, originally with a conventional recipe and later switching to a high fat, low carb "ketogenic" variant on October 2014. In January 2015 he created the recipe for Keto Chow and released it without restriction for anyone to use, at the same time he began mixing the recipe up for people that wanted a finished product and has seen steady growth in the business every month since. Chris has lived in Utah for most of his life, except for a few years living in Chile where he learned Castillian. Chris and his wife have two sets of twins with a couple singltons thrown in for good measure.


  1. Hugo Garcia-Cotte November 26, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I live in China. Heavy Whipping cream is very hard to find. But 35% whipping cream is very common.

    Starting a 100% Keto Chow diet, won’t eat anything else. Is it safe to just replace Heavy Cream with 35% whipping cream ?

    Should I adjust the dosages or can I just use the normal 2000 cal and 1200 cal dosages but with whipping cream instead of heavy whipping cream ?

    • Chris November 27, 2017 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Sounds like heavy cream under a different name, should work just fine. You’d need to adjust the amount you use according to how many calories you need regardless of what it’s called.

  2. Dustin January 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Do your directions have the Darigold Classic 40% in mind? I have easy access to that, but I’m not sure if I should use less than half a cup.

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