A drizzle of heavy cream in your coffee or a dollop on top of a bowl of fruit may seem harmless, but heavy whipping cream has a nutritional profile that would make a cardiologist flinch. Cream is packed with calories and dangerous fats, so it's best to save it for a very occasional treat. Opt for skim milk instead.
Heavy for a Reason
Heavy whipping cream is an incredibly calorie- and fat-dense liquid. One tablespoon has 52 calories and 5.5 grams of fat, including 3.4 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat. A 1/4 cup of whipped heavy whipping cream has over 100 calories and 11 grams of fat.
Unfortunately, heavy whipping cream doesn't have enough nutrients to balance out the calorie and fat content. A 1/4 cup of whipped cream has only 20 milligrams of calcium compared to the 75 milligrams found in the same size serving nonfat milk with only 21 calories. Heavy whipping cream also contributes small amounts of phosphorous, potassium, folate and vitamin A.