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Alternatives to Cream

Cream is full of calories (per 100ml: Fresh Double Cream 449kcal; Fresh Whipping Cream 373kcal; Canned Sterilised Cream 239kcal). What alternatives could you use which would still taste good, but not throw your daily calorie quota out of the window?

Table 1: Low Cream Alternatives Compared
Product Crème Fraiche, Healthy Eating, Half Fat, Tesco* Crème Fraiche, Be Good to Yourself, 50% Less Fat, Sainsbury's Organic Natural Yogurt, Virtually Fat Free, Sainsbury's
  Crème Fraiche, Healthy Eating, Half Fat, Tesco* Crème Fraiche, Be Good to Yourself, 50% Less Fat, Sainsbury's Organic Natural Yogurt, Virtually Fat Free, Sainsbury's
Ranking 5 out of 5goldgoldgoldgold 4 out of 5goldgoldgoldgrey 4 out of 5goldgoldgreygrey
Calories Per Serving 50ml serving

85kcal

29g pack

 

47.6kcal

100g pack

 

71kcal

Calories Per 100ml/g 170kcal 164kcal 71kcal
Fat Per Serving 7.5g 4.4g 1.2g
Fat Per 100ml 15g 15g 1.2g
Conclusion Looked the picture of pure delight. Thick and creamy with a good consistency. Although obviously similar to the other Crème Fraiche, all agreed this one came out top for a mouth watering, well-balanced taste. A pleasant tasting alternative to cream with a good consistency A good alternative to cream. Looked delicious and tasted good. Some felt the taste overpowered the taste of the strawberries a little. However if you like yogurt, you'll like this. Overall held its own. 
Table 2: More Low Cream Alternatives Compared
Product Crème Fraiche, Healthy Choice, Half Fat, Safeway* Evaporated Milk, Asda* Single, Light, Elmlea*
  Crème Fraiche, Healthy Choice, Half Fat, Safeway* Evaporated Milk, Asda* Single, Light, Elmlea*
Ranking 4 out of 5goldgoldgoldgrey goldgoldgoldgreygrey 2 out of 52 out of 5greygreygrey
Calories Per Serving 30ml serving

71kcal
50g serving

80kcal

30ml serving pack

 

37.2kcal

Calories Per 100g/ml 165kcal 160 kcal 124 kcal
Fat Per Serving 4.4g 4.5g 2.9g
Fat Per 100g/ml 14.6g 9g 9.2g
Conclusion Looked tempting to eat. Good consistency with a pleasant, creamy taste. A pleasant, good dairy cream taste. Good, positive comments. Although runny, a good alternative to cream. Extremely hard to judge this one in a cream test - had the taste and consistency of milk but was not unpleasant.
Table 3: More Low Cream Alternatives Compared
Product Real Dairy Cream, 35% Less Fat, Asda* Carnation, Light, Nestle* Swirls, Light, Half Fat Real Cream, Anchor
  Real Dairy Cream, 35% Less Fat, Asda* Carnation, Light, Nestle* Swirls, Light, Half Fat Real Cream, Anchor
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Calories Per Pack 30ml serving

14.4 kcal
25g serving

27.5kcal

30ml serving

 

13.5kcal

Calories Per 100g/ml 48 kcal 110 kcal 45 kcal
Fat Per Serving 1.2g 1g 1.2g
Fat Per 100g/ml 4.1g 4g 3.9g
Conclusion Thin in consistency but a pleasant taste. In comparison with Anchor's spray cream this one came out on top. Looked unappetizing and tasted very watery, with a sharp and sour taste. The panelists agreed you needed the taste of strawberries to wash away the taste of the milk, as it leaves a 'chemical taste' in the mouth. Looked very artificial and a 'fake' version of cream. Very little taste of anything. In fact, one of our panelists said his 'shaving cream probably tasted better'.

†Retailer's Recommended Portion Size

We think we found some good alternatives to the full fat creams. You don't have to miss out on this treat but be a little careful what you choose. For a satisfying creamy taste and texture try low fat Crème Fraiche, (notably Tesco's Healthy Eating); for a particularly low calorie option try Sainsbury's Virtually Fat free yogurt, or if you're into evaporated milk Asda's is worth a whirl!

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