Cream Cheese vs. Heavy Cream

Nutrition comparison of Cream 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 cream cheese versus heavy cream (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

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

  • Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in Vitamin A, calcium, calories and saturated fat.
  • Cream cheese has more niacin.
  • Heavy cream has signficantly more Vitamin D than cream cheese.
Detailed nutritional comparison of cream 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: Cream Cheese (Cheese, cream) 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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Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in calories. Heavy cream is very similar to heavy cream for calories - heavy cream has 340 calories per 100 grams and cream cheese has 350 calories.

Cream Cheese Heavy Cream
Protein 7% 3%
Carbohydrates 6% 3%
Fat 87% 93%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of carbs - heavy cream has 2.8g of total carbs per 100 grams and cream cheese has 5.5g of carbohydrates.

sugar

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of sugar - heavy cream has 2.9g of sugar per 100 grams and cream cheese has 3.8g of sugar.

Protein

protein

Cream cheese has 117% more protein than heavy cream - heavy cream has 2.8g of protein per 100 grams and cream cheese has 6.2g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in saturated fat. Heavy cream has 14% more saturated fat than cream cheese - heavy cream has 23g of saturated fat per 100 grams and cream cheese has 20.2g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of trans fat - heavy cream has 1.2g of trans fat per 100 grams and cream cheese has 1.2g of trans fat.

cholesterol

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of cholesterol - heavy cream has 113mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and cream cheese has 101mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

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

Vitamin A

Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in Vitamin A. Heavy cream has 33% more Vitamin A than cream cheese - heavy cream has 411ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and cream cheese has 308ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D

Heavy cream has signficantly more Vitamin D than cream cheese - heavy cream has 63iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and cream cheese does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - heavy cream has 0.92mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and cream cheese has 0.86mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - heavy cream has 3.2ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and cream cheese has 2.1ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

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

Cream Cheese Heavy Cream
Thiamin 0.023 MG 0.02 MG
Riboflavin 0.23 MG 0.188 MG
Niacin 0.091 MG 0.064 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.517 MG 0.495 MG
Vitamin B6 0.056 MG 0.035 MG
Folate 9 UG 4 UG
Vitamin B12 0.22 UG 0.16 UG

Minerals

calcium

Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in calcium. Cream cheese has 47% more calcium than heavy cream - heavy cream has 66mg of calcium per 100 grams and cream cheese has 97mg of calcium.

iron

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of iron - heavy cream has 0.1mg of iron per 100 grams and cream cheese has 0.11mg of iron.

potassium

Heavy cream and cream cheese contain similar amounts of potassium - heavy cream has 95mg of potassium per 100 grams and cream cheese has 132mg 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, both cream cheese and heavy cream contain significant amounts of beta-carotene.

Cream Cheese Heavy Cream
beta-carotene 59 UG 72 UG
alpha-carotene 1 UG ~
lutein + zeaxanthin 7 UG ~

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, both cream cheese and heavy cream contain significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid (ALA) and DPA.

Cream Cheese Heavy Cream
alpha linoleic acid 0.131 G 0.128 G
EPA 0.01 G 0.009 G
DPA 0.02 G 0.02 G
Total 0.161 G 0.157 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both cream cheese and heavy cream contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Cream Cheese Heavy Cream
other omega 6 0.036 G 0.039 G
linoleic acid 1.212 G 1.294 G
Total 1.248 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: Cream Cheese (Cheese, cream) and Heavy Cream (Cream, fluid, heavy whipping) .

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FAQ

Does heavy cream or cream cheese contain more calories in 100 grams?
Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in calories. Heavy cream is quite similar to heavy cream for calories - heavy cream has 340 calories in 100g and cream cheese has 350 calories.

Does heavy cream or cream cheese contain more calcium?
Both heavy cream and cream cheese are high in calcium. Cream cheese has 50% more calcium than heavy cream - heavy cream has 66mg of calcium in 100 grams and cream cheese has 97mg of calcium.

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