Whipping Cream vs. Cool Whip

10 July, 2009

Hi Cinzia!

From a nutritional point of view, is it more healthy to use real whipped cream or products like Cool Whip® or Nutri Whip® in recipes?

Thank you!

Hi Stephanie,

In order to determine the nutritional value of a product, it is imperative you look at two things: the nutrition facts table and the list of ingredients.

We compared Ultra’crème‘s® whipping cream to Cool Whip®. The first thing that we noticed is that the whipping cream contains more fat. In fact, when comparing the same quantity, the whipping cream contains almost 2 times more saturated fat than Cool Whip®. But, Cool Whip® (and other similar whipped toppings) have a lot more sugar than whipping cream.

Whipping cream “only” has 7 ingredients – with cream and milk as the first two listed. Whereas the first three ingredients listed for Cool Whip® are water, corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oil (translation: trans fats!) from a list of 10 ingredients in total. With the effects of trans fat on the cardiovascular system now common knowledge – it is better to avoid it at all costs.

Our conclusion? If you’re not a calorie-counter and aren’t concerned by the amount of fat you consume, it is better to opt for the natural stuff: whipping cream. It tastes better and has more natural ingredients than products like Cool Whip® (plus, you can exercise your arm by whipping it up by hand!). We think this is a better choice – in moderation, of course!

To simplify the comparison, consult the following table. We compare the nutritional values of 15ml of whipping cream vs 15ml of Cool Whip®.

For 15ml Whipping cream (35%) Cool Whip®
Energy (kcal) 50 13
Total Fat (g) 5 0.8
      – Saturated (g) 1.5 0.8
Carbohydrates (g) 1 1
      – Sugars (g) 0 1
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Cinzia Cuneo

Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!


One Response to “Whipping Cream vs. Cool Whip”

January 14, 2013 at 1:24 am, rosa said:

Can I use beaten egg whites with beaten nutri whip? Can I mix them together?

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