Cottage Cheese vs. Heavy Cream

Nutrition comparison of Cottage Cheese and Heavy Cream


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of cottage cheese versus heavy cream (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in cottage cheese and heavy cream:

  • Both heavy cream and cottage cheese are high in calcium.
  • Cottage cheese has 5.6 times less cholesterol than heavy cream.
  • Cottage cheese has more niacin, folate and Vitamin B12.
  • Cottage cheese is a great source of protein.
  • Heavy cream has signficantly more Vitamin D than cottage cheese.
  • Heavy cream is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
Detailed nutritional comparison of cottage cheese and heavy cream is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Cottage Cheese (Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd) and Heavy Cream (Cream, fluid, heavy whipping) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Heavy cream is high in calories and cottage cheese has 71% less calories than heavy cream - heavy cream has 340 calories per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 98 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, cottage cheese is much heavier in protein, heavier in carbs and much lighter in fat compared to heavy cream per calorie. Cottage cheese has a macronutrient ratio of 46:14:40 and for heavy cream, 3:3:94 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Cottage Cheese Heavy Cream
Protein 46% 3%
Carbohydrates 14% 3%
Fat 40% 94%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Both heavy cream and cottage cheese are low in carbohydrates - heavy cream has 2.8g of total carbs per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 3.4g of carbohydrates.

The carbs in heavy cream and cottage cheese are both made of 100% sugar.

sugar

Heavy cream and cottage cheese contain similar amounts of sugar - heavy cream has 2.9g of sugar per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 2.7g of sugar.

Protein

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Cottage cheese is a great source of protein and it has 292% more protein than heavy cream - heavy cream has 2.8g of protein per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 11.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Heavy cream is high in saturated fat and cottage cheese has 93% less saturated fat than heavy cream - heavy cream has 23g of saturated fat per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 1.7g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Cottage cheese has less trans fat than heavy cream - heavy cream has 1.2g of trans fat per 100 grams and cottage cheese does not contain significant amounts.

cholesterol

Cottage cheese has 5.6 times less cholesterol than heavy cream - heavy cream has 113mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 17mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Heavy cream and cottage cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin C - heavy cream has 0.6mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and cottage cheese does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Heavy cream is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has 10 times more Vitamin A than cottage cheese - heavy cream has 411ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 37ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D

Heavy cream has signficantly more Vitamin D than cottage cheese - heavy cream has 63iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 3iu of Vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Heavy cream and cottage cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - heavy cream has 0.92mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 0.08mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Heavy cream and cottage cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - heavy cream has 3.2ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and cottage cheese does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Cottage cheese has more niacin, folate and Vitamin B12. Both cottage cheese and heavy cream contain significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6.

Cottage Cheese Heavy Cream
Thiamin 0.027 MG 0.02 MG
Riboflavin 0.163 MG 0.188 MG
Niacin 0.099 MG 0.064 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.557 MG 0.495 MG
Vitamin B6 0.046 MG 0.035 MG
Folate 12 UG 4 UG
Vitamin B12 0.43 UG 0.16 UG

Minerals

calcium

Both heavy cream and cottage cheese are high in calcium. Cottage cheese has 26% more calcium than heavy cream - heavy cream has 66mg of calcium per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 83mg of calcium.

iron

Heavy cream and cottage cheese contain similar amounts of iron - heavy cream has 0.1mg of iron per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 0.07mg of iron.

potassium

Heavy cream and cottage cheese contain similar amounts of potassium - heavy cream has 95mg of potassium per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 104mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]

For specific types of carotenoids,

Cottage Cheese Heavy Cream
beta-carotene 12 UG 72 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, heavy cream has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) and DPA than cottage cheese per 100 grams.

Cottage Cheese Heavy Cream
alpha linoleic acid 0.017 G 0.128 G
EPA ~ 0.009 G
DPA ~ 0.02 G
Total 0.017 G 0.157 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, heavy cream has more linoleic acid than cottage cheese per 100 grams.

Cottage Cheese Heavy Cream
linoleic acid 0.105 G 1.294 G
other omega 6 ~ 0.039 G
Total 0.105 G 1.333 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Cottage Cheese (Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd) and Heavy Cream (Cream, fluid, heavy whipping) .

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FAQ

Does heavy cream or cottage cheese contain more calories in 100 grams?
Heavy cream is high in calories and cottage cheese has 70% less calories than heavy cream - heavy cream has 340 calories in 100g and cottage cheese has 98 calories.

Is heavy cream or cottage cheese better for protein?
Cottage cheese is a great source of protein and it has 290% more protein than heavy cream - heavy cream has 2.8g of protein per 100 grams and cottage cheese has 11.1g of protein.

Does heavy cream or cottage cheese contain more calcium?
Both heavy cream and cottage cheese are high in calcium. Cottage cheese has 30% more calcium than heavy cream - heavy cream has 66mg of calcium in 100 grams and cottage cheese has 83mg of calcium.

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