Heavy creams with the fewest additives

Heavy creams (or whipping creams) often contain questionable additives. For example, glycerides are often added as emulsifiers and carrageenan for thickening or consistency.

I try to avoid carrageenan and glycerides because they may have negative health effects. If you'd like to do the same, my recommendations are below.

You can also see my analysis of whipped creams.

Recommended as low-additive refrigerated heavy creams:

Clover Stornetta Farms Heavy Cream
Store finder (currently available in California and parts of Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and Wyoming).
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Pasteurized grade A cream.

Dean's Heavy Whipping Cream (Pasteurized)

To avoid carrageenan and glycerides, make sure to get the regular pasteurized version. The ultrapasteurized version adds carrageenan, glycerides, and polysorbate 80.

I haven't been able to find a store finder for Dean's.
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Heavy Whipping Cream.

Kalona SuperNatural Organic Whipping Cream
Store finder (widely available in health food-ish stores throughout the US).
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Certified Organic Grade A Cream.

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream (Pasteurized)

To avoid carrageenan, make sure to get the regular pasteurized version. The ultrapasteurized version adds gellan gum.

Store finder (widely available in health food-ish stores throughout the US).
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Organic Grade A Cream.

Ronnybrook Heavy Cream
Store finder (currently San Francisco and the Northeast US).
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Heavy cream.

Straus Family Creamery Organic Whipping Cream
Store finder (look for the button in the top left of the site).
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Pasteurized organic cream.

Whole Foods 365 Heavy Cream
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Heavy cream.

Recommended as low-additive canned creams:

The milkfat content of these (30-40% milk fat) makes them roughly equivalent to the US standard for heavy cream (36% or more).

Itambé Traditional Table Cream (Canned)
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Milk Cream, Disodium Phosphate Stabilizers.

Man, their cow mascot really creeps me out.

Nestle Creme de Leite (Canned)
Positives:
  • monoglycerides / diglycerides-free
  • carrageenan-free
Negatives:
(none)
All ingredients:

Milk Cream, Disodium Phosphate Stabilizers.


Other heavy creams

The following are other heavy creams I'm aware of, sorted alphabetically.

Name Ingredients
C.F. Burger Creamery Heavy Whipping Cream

Whipping Cream, Carrageenan, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide.

Kroger Whipping Cream, Heavy, Ultra-Pasteurized

Heavy Cream, Skim Milk, Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan.

Nestle Media Crema Table Cream

Light Cream, Carrageenan, Sodium Alginate, Disodium Phosphate, Disodium Citrate.

Not technically heavy cream, but some reviewers mention it being similar.

Oberweis Heavy Whipping Cream

Cream, Whole Milk, Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan.

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream (Ultrapasteurized)

Organic Grade A Cream (Milk), Gellan Gum.

Publix Ultra-Pasteurized Whipping Cream, Heavy

Heavy Cream, Carrageenan, Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80.

Publix Whipping Cream, Heavy

Heavy Cream, Carrageenan, Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80.

Trader Joe's Heavy Whipping Cream

Cream (milk), Carrageenan.

Trader Joe's might be reformulating this, see the comments below

Trader Joe's Organic Heavy Whipping Cream

Organic Grade A Pasteurized Heavy Cream, Carrageenan.

I haven't been able to get any answers from Trader Joe's, but as far as I can tell, the organic version has been reformulated with carrageenan in the last few months, probably nationwide.


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