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Old 06-16-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Half and half in coffee?

I was just wondering if it was OK? I compared half and half to heavy cream in the store today and the carbs are nearly the same. Calories are over 50% less in the half and half....plus it's alot cheaper too. Do people avoid it because it stalls you? Or do people just prefer heavy cream? Just curious is all.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:05 PM   #2
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I think there's a misconception that half and half has a lot of carbs, which isn't true
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
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I switched to HWC instead of half and half to save carbs, but per serving there is less than 1 carb in HWC and 1 in half and half. I tell you since I switched to HWC the coffee is so GOOD if it matters to you there is a higher calorie count on HWC. I just make sure the ingredients are real food either way. HWC spoils faster IMHO.
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I can't stand heavy cream in my coffee so I desk with the extra carb or two.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:01 PM   #5
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I love HWC in my coffee - I'd be sad without it!

I pass on half-and-half because it has less fat in it than HWC and HWC helps ensure I get my daily fat in.

And HWC with coffee... nomnomnomnom.
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I always use HWC in my coffee the more fat the better
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I used to take half & half in my coffee. It was never any problem. I didn't want to drink all my calories & I did not want to spend the higher price for cream either.

I accidentally discovered I don't need any creamer so I just put stevia in my coffee now.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:36 PM   #8
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I switched to HWC for my coffee for several months, but never really liked it much. I've switched back to half-and-half. I don't drink enough coffee for it to make a difference, in my opinion. I only drink it once or twice a week, not daily. Anyway, I don't care for the consistency of HWC in my coffee, and it also spoils quickly. Unless you are drinking a lot of half-and-half, I don't think the carb difference is going to matter much. Maybe the fat count will.
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I split it down the middle and buy the "lite" cream. It's cost is a tad higher than the half & half, but less expensive than the hwc. I too have found the hwc spoils quickly since I am the only coffee drinker at home. I have poured out too many cups of coffee due to the curdling effect when the hwc spoils!
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:30 AM   #10
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Isn't half and half twice the carbs of cream since it is half milk and half cream?
Maybe buy a pint so you use it before it spoils?
A lot of people use it in cooking too to add fat.
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It really depends on how much you are using. If it is a tbsp or 2, then it should not be a problem.

In my opinion, the best coffee cream is 18% cream but it is not always easy to find.
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The carbohydrate difference is not a lot. For example, one cup of half & half yields 10 total carbs while heavy whipping cream is 6.6. Fat content is 28g vs. 44g, respectively.

The latter stat is my reason for always reaching for heavy cream.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:16 AM   #13
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If I drink three cups of coffee, it really adds up the carbs unless I use the heavy cream. 1T per cup could be an extra 1.5 carbs and that uses my carbs when I need them for vegetables.
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I use them interchangeably.
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I hate HWC- it makes coffee so greasy and leaves a film in my mouth. Half and half has a few extra carbs but I like it much better than heavy cream. My favorite way is black or with unsweetened almond milk.
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I switched to from half and half to HWC.
Frothing for 15 seconds makes all the difference to me.
I also froth CO and Butter, which I sometimes sub for the cream.
Battery powered frothers are available for under $20.

Organic Valley sells 8 ounce cartons of pasture raised organic HWC.
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I switched to from half and half to HWC.
Frothing for 15 seconds makes all the difference to me.
I also froth CO and Butter, which I sometimes sub for the cream.
Battery powered frothers are available for under $20.

Organic Valley sells 8 ounce cartons of pasture raised organic HWC.
Do you know what the fat or carb count is on the Organic Valley?
I just looked this morning after realizing that the cartons of the two brands I have say 1g carb when all the carb count lists say .5g carbs for 1 Tablespoon.

Dottie replied on another thread and said that they round up on the carbs so if it is in between .5 and 1 gram carb, they round up to 1gcarb. I would like to find the brand with a true .5g carb because I need to control my carbs as much as I can and I must have Real Cream in my coffee. It just tastes too strong/acid without it, plus I do make my coffee strong since I grind the starbucks coffee beans fresh every morning.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:46 AM   #18
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I was trying to cut back on dairy (cream, cheese,etc) so now I just use coconut oil and butter in my coffee. I do remember someone here suggesting that I switch from half and half to HWC because of the carbs.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:56 AM   #19
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I was trying to cut back on dairy (cream, cheese,etc) so now I just use coconut oil and butter in my coffee. I do remember someone here suggesting that I switch from half and half to HWC because of the carbs.
Hmmmm that's a thought. Butter with no carbs instead of cream. It's still dairy though but with no carbs, right? I also started adding the coconut oil with my cream.
Now I just read a new carb list that says heavy cream is .8g carb instead of the .5 that I have been reading everywhere...mixed info.
But half n half is still 1g carb on this list.
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I'm in the more fat the better camp. If you use it for coffee and cooking it could add up, but I don't worry about it.
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I guess it depends on the brand. Half and half here has the same amount of carbs as milk.
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As someone suggested earlier: You gotta try the Silk Almond "Milks" Unsweetened or the Blue Almond Breeze "Milks" Unsweetened -- 8 oz (yes EIGHT) = 30-45 kcals, <1 or 1 carb gram & 3.5 fat grams (depends on the flavors). IMHO, up your fat intake some place else... cuz this makes a lovely LC café au lait and I drink copious amount of java daily!
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As someone suggested earlier: You gotta try the Silk Almond "Milks" Unsweetened or the Blue Almond Breeze "Milks" Unsweetened -- 8 oz (yes EIGHT) = 30-45 kcals, <1 or 1 carb gram & 3.5 fat grams (depends on the flavors). IMHO, up your fat intake some place else... cuz this makes a lovely LC café au lait and I drink copious amount of java daily!
How do you do your cafe au lait?
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Do you know what the fat or carb count is on the Organic Valley?
I just looked this morning after realizing that the cartons of the two brands I have say 1g carb when all the carb count lists say .5g carbs for 1 Tablespoon.

Dottie replied on another thread and said that they round up on the carbs so if it is in between .5 and 1 gram carb, they round up to 1gcarb. I would like to find the brand with a true .5g carb because I need to control my carbs as much as I can and I must have Real Cream in my coffee. It just tastes too strong/acid without it, plus I do make my coffee strong since I grind the starbucks coffee beans fresh every morning.
OV says 0 carbs per 1 Tbsp. It does contain carrageenan, which I am guessing might be a stabilizer. Anyone? I've noticed that the larger containers of OV HWC don't list carrageenan. I've asked people at my coop about this, but haven't gotten an answer why the difference. This samm OV carton says USDA organic pasture raised, without any gmo feed, antibiotics, synthetic hormones. Ultra pasteurized

Kalona Supernatural has a great cream too which I would buy, but it is only available in larger quantity and without quite the shelf life (because of lower temp pasteurization I believe). No carrageenan.

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It used to be a general "rule of thumb" that "heavy whipping cream" had stabilizers added to make them hold the "whipped" state better, and that "heavy cream" did not have stabilizers added.

Personally, I can't find plain old "heavy cream" any longer, and all the HWC's have some kind of stabilizer now.
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There is one brand here in Ontario that does not list any stabilizer on their hwc but still list 1 carb per tbsp. I am confused by this.
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I switched back to half and half due to throwing out many half cartons of spoiled HWC. I just total the carbs in with my other carbs and leave room in my daily count for it. I like my coffee better with HWC, but DH likes half and half so we use it up long before it spoils.
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OV says 0 carbs per 1 Tbsp. It does contain carrageenan, which I am guessing might be a stabilizer. Anyone? I've noticed that the larger containers of OV HWC don't list carrageenan. I've asked people at my coop about this, but haven't gotten an answer why the difference. This samm OV carton says USDA organic pasture raised, without any gmo feed, antibiotics, synthetic hormones. Ultra pasteurized

Kalona Supernatural has a great cream too which I would buy, but it is only available in larger quantity and without quite the shelf life (because of lower temp pasteurization I believe). No carrageenan.
Patience, Thanks for checking the carbs.
So, Organic Valley says 0 carbs....wow
Interesting!!!!!!!!!!!
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As someone suggested earlier: You gotta try the Silk Almond "Milks" Unsweetened or the Blue Almond Breeze "Milks" Unsweetened -- 8 oz (yes EIGHT) = 30-45 kcals, <1 or 1 carb gram & 3.5 fat grams (depends on the flavors). IMHO, up your fat intake some place else... cuz this makes a lovely LC café au lait and I drink copious amount of java daily!
I have been drinking the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze sugar free vanilla almond milk and it is the most satisfying drink that I am so addicted I may need to stop buying it. I also put it in coffee and tea. The box says one gram carb and one gram fiber (I am assuming they don't cancel out but it's close to zero net carbs)

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I often wondered why people used HWC instead of half and half since the carbs are not that different. Depending on the brand of HWC, you'll see 0 carbs or <1 for 1 Tbs, while on half and half you'll see 1.

Just for kicks, I called the local dairy that supplies our local grocery stores (and lists carbs as 0) and asked if their HWC actually had 0 carbs or was it <1. Two days and 5 people later, they told me it was actually <1 but legally they could just say 0. I'm going to bet that's true for all HWC that says 0.

You need to decide what is more important...the extra couple carbs or the much higher calories. Calories have become very important to me so, since I'm VLC to begin with, I don't worry about those few extra carbs. I put 1 Tbs of H&H in a mug of coffee (about 12 oz cup) and drink about 4 of those a day. That'd add 200 calories just in fat if I used HWC and probably adds close to the 4 carbs anyway...or however many they're not saying is in the stuff.
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