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?
|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|
|Calories Per Serving||50ml† serving
|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.|
|Product||Crème Fraiche, Healthy Choice, Half Fat, Safeway*||Evaporated Milk, Asda*||Single, Light, Elmlea*|
|Calories Per Serving||30ml† serving
30ml serving † pack
|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.|
|Product||Real Dairy Cream, 35% Less Fat, Asda*||Carnation, Light, Nestle*||Swirls, Light, Half Fat Real Cream, Anchor|
|Calories Per Pack||30ml† serving
|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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