Drinking Heavy Cream To Lose Weight – Myth Or Fact?

Heavy cream has a variety of uses. But can drinking heavy cream to lose weight really help you?

In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to know about heavy cream, including its nutrition, benefits and downsides and effect on losing weight.

What Is Heavy Cream Or Whipping Cream?

Heavy cream is also called heavy whipping cream (that’s the same product) and this is a product with many culinary uses.
Let’s take a closer look at how heavy cream is produced.

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Fresh milk naturally separates into two parts – cream and milk. The cream has higher fat content, so its rises to the top. Then it is skimmed off, pasteurized and homogenized.

This procedure kills pathogens, lengthens cream shelf life and increases stability. Many manufacturers add additives and preservatives to stabilize the heavy cream and keep the fat from separating.

This cream is used to add creaminess to coffee, baked goods, soups, and many other recipes.

Heavy Cream Nutrition

Mostly fat, heavy cream is rich in calories, choline, fat-soluble vitamins and some minerals. A half-cup of heavy cream (120 grams) contains:

  • Calories: 408
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Fat: 43 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams
  • Vitamin A: 55% of the daily value (DV)
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
  • Vitamin D: 7% of the DV
  • Calcium: 6% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 6% of the DV
  • Choline: 4% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 3% of the DV

Benefits Of Heavy Cream

This cream contains some health-boosting vitamins and minerals (A, D, E and K). It contains healthy fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

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Actually, full-fat products contain more fat-soluble vitamins than low-fat products. Also, your body absorbs those vitamins better when consumed with fat.

Some studies have shown that full-fat products are associated with a lower risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.

Also, high-fat products reduce high blood pressure, decrease bad cholesterol (LDL), and maintain levels of heart-protective cholesterol. This cream is healthier than many highly refined low-fat products.

If used in small amounts, heavy cream will not add any significant calories to your diet.

Downsides Of Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is very high in calories, as we mentioned above, a half-cup contains 408 calories.

It becomes very easy to consume excess calories if you use heavy cream often. Dairy intake is associated with an increased risk of certain cancer types.

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As mentioned, many heavy creams contain additives and some of them have been linked to intestinal damage.

Heavy Cream For Weight Loss

Heavy cream is relatively low in carbohydrates and high in fat, healthy fats. People who want to lose weight should decrease the number of calories they consume.

Some people think that adding heavy cream to their coffee or drinking it helps with weight loss. In recent years, many folks prefer drinking heavy cream to lose weight.
Is that really effective?

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Unfortunately, there isn’t any proof of this theory. Heavy cream has more calories than other dairy products and it isn’t recommended for weight loss.

However, the low content of carbohydrates makes heavy cream perfect for a ketogenic diet. People who follow this diet consume a lot of fat but their carbohydrate intake is low.

Ketogenic Diet

If you want to lose weight and keep drinking heavy cream, then consider following a ketogenic diet.

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet that suggests eating a high-fat diet. This diet is focused on carbohydrate elimination which should be replaced with healthy fats. This means, you can use heavy cream.

keto diet

You can add heavy cream to your coffee, but forget about sugar. Coffee itself is a fat-burning drink, however, some people can’t bear the black coffee taste. That’s where heavy cream goes in! Mix one or two spoons of heavy cream with your coffee.

Also, you can mix it with some food to get a creamy consistency.

If you are trying to cope with the ketogenic diet, you can try out different recipes with heavy cream.

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But keep in mind that isn’t feasible to simply drink heavy cream and expect to lose weight. You should eat healthily and exercise if you want to lose weight smartly.

It is important to mention that people with allergies and lactose intolerance should avoid heavy cream consumption.

Heavy Cream And Weight Gain?

As mentioned, there is no proof that drinking heavy cream can support your weight loss. But, is it the opposite? Heavy cream has a high-calorie content and if used in small amounts (for example in coffee), it won’t increase your daily calorie intake and result in weight gain.

However, if you want to gain some weight, you can consume heavy cream guilt-free and without restriction. 😀

Drinking heavy cream can help you gain weight, but don’t overdo with it to prevent any health issues or complications. You can even make shakes, smoothies, coffee and cakes by adding heavy cream to them. The most popular is coffee with heavy cream so we give you the recipe to try it at home.

Coffee With Heavy Cream Recipe

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Avatar photoAuthorPetraDifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving

 ¾ cup coffee, brewed the way you like it
 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream


First, make your coffee the way you like it.


Pour the cream into a small saucepan and heat gently while stirring until it's frothy.


Pour the warm cream into a big cup, add coffee and stir.
Serve straight away as is, or with a handful of nuts or a piece of cheese.


 ¾ cup coffee, brewed the way you like it
 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream



First, make your coffee the way you like it.


Pour the cream into a small saucepan and heat gently while stirring until it's frothy.


Pour the warm cream into a big cup, add coffee and stir.
Serve straight away as is, or with a handful of nuts or a piece of cheese.

Coffee With Heavy Cream Recipe

To Wrap It Up

Heavy cream contains healthy fats and can be a good source of vitamins and minerals. However, drinking heavy cream to lose weight can’t be enough. There are many other factors such as a balanced diet and exercising that will help you achieve your goal.

As an English major student at the time, Petra was stuck at home with online classes when the lockdown started. Soon enough, Petra discovered a passion for cooking and making pastries to pass the time. She started small with some experimenting and trying out new techniques inspired by French, Italian, and Asian cuisine. Since then, she has become a full-blown “little chef”, making dinner parties for her friends and expanding her knowledge with cooking classes.