Milk vs. Whipping Cream

Nutrition comparison of Milk and Whipping Cream


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

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

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in milk and whipping cream:

  • Both whipping cream and milk are high in calcium.
  • Milk has 62% less carbohydrates than whipping cream.
  • Milk has 8.5 times less cholesterol than whipping cream.
  • Milk has more riboflavin.
  • Whipping cream is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
Detailed nutritional comparison of milk and whipping 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: Milk (Milk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milkfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D) and Whipping Cream (Cream, whipped, cream topping, pressurized) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Whipping cream is high in calories and milk has 81% less calories than whipping cream - whipping cream has 257 calories per 100 grams and milk has 50 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, milk is much heavier in protein, heavier in carbs and much lighter in fat compared to whipping cream per calorie. Milk has a macronutrient ratio of 27:38:35 and for whipping cream, 5:19:76 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Milk Whipping Cream
Protein 27% 5%
Carbohydrates 38% 19%
Fat 35% 76%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Milk has 62% less carbohydrates than whipping cream - whipping cream has 12.5g of total carbs per 100 grams and milk has 4.8g of carbohydrates.

sugar

Whipping cream and milk contain similar amounts of sugar - whipping cream has 8g of sugar per 100 grams and milk has 5.1g of sugar.



Protein

protein

Whipping cream and milk contain similar amounts of protein - whipping cream has 3.2g of protein per 100 grams and milk has 3.3g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Whipping cream is high in saturated fat and milk has 91% less saturated fat than whipping cream - whipping cream has 13.8g of saturated fat per 100 grams and milk has 1.3g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Both milk and whipping cream are low in trans fat - milk has 0.09g of trans fat per 100 grams and whipping cream does not contain significant amounts.

cholesterol

Milk has 8.5 times less cholesterol than whipping cream - whipping cream has 76mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and milk has 8mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Milk and whipping cream contain similar amounts of Vitamin C - milk has 0.2mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and whipping cream does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Whipping cream is an excellent source of Vitamin A and it has 242% more Vitamin A than milk - whipping cream has 188ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and milk has 55ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin D

Milk has 206% more Vitamin D than whipping cream - whipping cream has 16iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and milk has 49iu of Vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Whipping cream and milk contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - whipping cream has 0.64mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and milk has 0.03mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Whipping cream and milk contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - whipping cream has 1.9ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and milk has 0.2ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Milk has more riboflavin. Both milk and whipping cream contain significant amounts of thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, folate and Vitamin B12.

Milk Whipping Cream
Thiamin 0.039 MG 0.037 MG
Riboflavin 0.185 MG 0.065 MG
Niacin 0.092 MG 0.07 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.356 MG 0.305 MG
Vitamin B6 0.038 MG 0.041 MG
Folate 5 UG 3 UG
Vitamin B12 0.53 UG 0.29 UG

Minerals

calcium

Both whipping cream and milk are high in calcium. Milk has 19% more calcium than whipping cream - whipping cream has 101mg of calcium per 100 grams and milk has 120mg of calcium.

iron

Whipping cream and milk contain similar amounts of iron - whipping cream has 0.05mg of iron per 100 grams and milk has 0.02mg of iron.

potassium

Whipping cream and milk contain similar amounts of potassium - whipping cream has 147mg of potassium per 100 grams and milk has 140mg 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,

Milk Whipping Cream
beta-carotene 4 UG 43 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, whipping cream has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than milk per 100 grams.

Milk Whipping Cream
alpha linoleic acid 0.008 G 0.323 G
Total 0.008 G 0.323 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, whipping cream has more linoleic acid than milk per 100 grams.

Milk Whipping Cream
other omega 6 0.004 G ~
linoleic acid 0.062 G 0.502 G
Total 0.066 G 0.502 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: Milk (Milk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milkfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D) and Whipping Cream (Cream, whipped, cream topping, pressurized) .

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