I have a couple tablespoons of cream in my coffee every morning, and i just discovered the awesomeness of pouring some cream over frozen blueberries. I'm not overweight at all, I'm very active, and don't really consume anything else that is not pure paleo.
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Good question. I used to ask myself the same thing.
I'm a big proponent of skipping breakfast and having only lunch + dinner. But being active, I've found that to keep energized at my work, I need an infusion of energy during that time. I do this by adding 1/2 cup of half&half (10%) cream to my 6am coffee and again to my 10am coffee. That cup of cream provides the following nutritional boost
Energy: 314.6kcal Protein: 7.2g Carbs: 10.4g Lipids: 27.8g
This may not work for everyone, but after 1 1/2 years, and considering my 155lbs frame, I can report that it has not had any detrimental effects on my 6-pack :) (that's my proud face right there)... and keeps away any hunger pangs till lunch (even till dinner sometimes). Coffee purist will balk at my ritual... but I quite like it.
I also make my own yogurt with 10% cream only. Yeah, I'm a big fan of cream.
Since it's mostly fat it won't have much sugar and protein in it, which are generally offensive to sensitive people (lactose and casein). So, like butter, I think it's okay if not over consumed.