"Hey, guess what I found, zero carb heavy whipping cream". One of our customers wrote to me in IG the other day, all excited. "It's so cool, I'm drinking it now."
I was like "are you sure?" It was just not logical so I did some digging. True, the nutritional information suggests it has zero carb. But here is the tricky part. ZERO CARB PER SERVING.
- Food manufacturers are allowed to label a food as having zero grams of carbs if it contains 0.5 grams or less per serving.
- So if you get away with less than that, of course you would list it as 0g carb!
1 cup (250ml) of cream would have something like 6.5g carb.
So watch out if you have been drinking it, taking it as a creamer in your coffee, or make creamy sauce in your fat-rich meals. It really is NOT ZERO CARB after all.
How do you find the actual nutritional information if you are in doubt? Look for it for 1 cup or 100g to see if it reveals more information!
- If you are on a strict ketogenic diet, whipped cream is not recommended. Better to avoid dairy overall.
- Choose animal whole fats (grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, pasture-raised egg yolk) or quality fats such as MCT oil, ghee and cacao butter.
- If you insist on taking it, take it in moderate amount, don't go crazy.
- Never trust 'zero carb' products!