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Butter in Coffee not cream?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I am just curious why you would use butter in your coffee instead of heavy cream?

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on February 09, 2013
at 11:15 PM

The highest butterfat cream I can get is 36%.

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:48 AM

FED-I do the same, only I use close to 2 TB butter per 16oz. Frothy and very yummy!

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on June 20, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I had a PET scan today. You are supposed to eat low carb the day before and nothing 6 hours before. Well 4 hrs before I had a sip of heavy cream to take a pill and the Dr. Freaked out, telling me it gets broken down into glucose and could ruin the test. Do you think that is true?

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on June 20, 2012
at 03:49 AM

I keep forgetting that when I buy "cream" or " butter" I actually need to check the ingredients. I find that kind of insane, really that buying cream is not just cream these days

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on June 19, 2012
at 05:55 PM

or (3) they're English and don't drink coffee very often.

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Very true. While I can find Kerrygold in many stores, the only cream I can find within 5 miles of my house that doesnt have a bunch of junk in it is at Trader Joes. I feel guility when I buy it becasue they usually only have a few pints and I buy them out.

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:01 PM

I don't know how one could "nearly" puke drinking butter in their coffee unless they 1) didn't blend it (creating an oil slick on top of the coffee) or 2) put an entire stick of butter in there, effectively making it "butter with coffee in it". I blend a tbsp or butter, coconut oil, ghee, or heavy cream in my coffee (rotating depending on mood and availability) and they're all pretty much the same in terms of texture, flavor, etc.

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:58 PM

A tablespoon of heavy cream has less than 1gm of carbohydrate in it, so it is effectively zero in terms of glycemic load ---> http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/51/2

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:54 PM

This is definitely true. Grass-fed Kerrygold butter is much more available than grass fed heavy cream (at least in my area).

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:09 PM

scotts has clarified his response

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:58 PM

My apologies, I forgot to consider serving size. From fit day 1/2 cup heavy cream has 3.3 carbs and 2.4 protein. I always use half a cup on berries so I just recalled that. Probably not too many people using half a cup in their coffee. Sorry for the misleading post.

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Are you sure about TJ's HWC? a few grams of each sounds like a lot? For how big of a serving? I would expect zero or at least rounded down to zero. http://fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/trader-joes/organic-heavy-whipping-cream

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:15 PM

This is a good answer. Butter is more stable than cream, right? Making it easier to transport/store without additives. With cream I think it's harder to maintain the smooth liquid consistency without additives.

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:08 PM

http://www.fitclick.com/how_many_calories_in_Trader_Joe_39_s_Heavy_Whipping_Cream?fd=413949

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:07 PM

I just want the truth... http://fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/trader-joes/organic-heavy-whipping-cream

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 19, 2012
at 05:14 AM

Does it make you feel good to be "right?" Scroll down, and look at scottts comment.

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on June 19, 2012
at 03:25 AM

More magical cows! http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/cream/heavy-whipping-cream/pasteurized-16-oz/

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I think it is just a matter of preference. I like the taste of butter and coconut oil whipped into my coffee. I don't have it like that all the time but occasionally. I've thought about using heavy cream (maybe all three!) but I just have not gotten around to buying some.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Which is liquid, by the way.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Except the magic one from horizon dairy. :)

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Chinaeskimo, yes, it lightens the coffee. My coffee is always a nice tan color with a small bit of foam on top.

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Mike, the stuff that comes out of the teats is called milk. Yes, cream is what floats when milk is left to it's own devices. Cream is liquid because there is still milk in it, suspended between the fat particles. Every carton of heavy cream I have ever looked at contained carbs.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Does butter actually lighten the coffee? Anyone?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:18 PM

2 not E. Stupid phone.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:18 PM

I'm not sure about the magical cows with low carb milk, but milk and cream are E different things. I believe when you leave unhomogonized whole milk alone, it separates into skim and fat. The fat is less dense so it floats to the top. You get cream by skimming the fat off. The carbs and protein would be in the skim. That is my understanding at least. Perhaps some brands of cream have some protein and carbs if they aren't skimmed as cleanly?

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Oh and the ghee also has nearly infinite shelf life verus cream which spoils so logisitcally its a bit easier too. To be clear I blend the ghee into the coffee. Looks just like coffee with cream.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:04 PM

Me? I rarely drink coffee, and when I do, I drink it black.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 18, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Actually, Mike T, butter is obtained by churning heavy cream, which creates a byproduct, buttermilk. Each tablespoon of heavy cream contains about 6 grams of carbs. I don't purchase Horizon Dairy anything, so perhaps they have miracle cows that don't produce milk with carbs.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 18, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Soooo....You just like the taste of butter more than cream?

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on June 18, 2012
at 10:37 PM

No. Heavy cream also has no carbs. It's just fat. Take a look at the nutrition facts: http://www.horizondairy.com/products/cream/heavy-whipping-cream/ Butter is just churned cream. borofergie has it right.

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on June 18, 2012
at 10:36 PM

This is right. Butter is just churned cream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churning_(butter)

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 18, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Thank you, I didn't realize.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 18, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Butter has no carbs and is absolutely scrumptious. (T2 diabetic that must micromanage carbs, even the few that are in heavy cream.) I whir my coffee in the blender with unsalted butter and coconut oil and drink it in place of my morning meal.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:09 PM

scotts has clarified his response

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:58 PM

A tablespoon of heavy cream has less than 1gm of carbohydrate in it, so it is effectively zero in terms of glycemic load ---> http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/51/2

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:04 PM

Me? I rarely drink coffee, and when I do, I drink it black.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 19, 2012
at 05:14 AM

Does it make you feel good to be "right?" Scroll down, and look at scottts comment.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 18, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Actually, Mike T, butter is obtained by churning heavy cream, which creates a byproduct, buttermilk. Each tablespoon of heavy cream contains about 6 grams of carbs. I don't purchase Horizon Dairy anything, so perhaps they have miracle cows that don't produce milk with carbs.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 18, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Thank you, I didn't realize.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:47 PM

Chinaeskimo, yes, it lightens the coffee. My coffee is always a nice tan color with a small bit of foam on top.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 10:37 PM

No. Heavy cream also has no carbs. It's just fat. Take a look at the nutrition facts: http://www.horizondairy.com/products/cream/heavy-whipping-cream/ Butter is just churned cream. borofergie has it right.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 12:07 AM

Which is liquid, by the way.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:18 PM

I'm not sure about the magical cows with low carb milk, but milk and cream are E different things. I believe when you leave unhomogonized whole milk alone, it separates into skim and fat. The fat is less dense so it floats to the top. You get cream by skimming the fat off. The carbs and protein would be in the skim. That is my understanding at least. Perhaps some brands of cream have some protein and carbs if they aren't skimmed as cleanly?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 18, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Soooo....You just like the taste of butter more than cream?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 12:08 PM

http://www.fitclick.com/how_many_calories_in_Trader_Joe_39_s_Heavy_Whipping_Cream?fd=413949

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:18 PM

2 not E. Stupid phone.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 03:25 AM

More magical cows! http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/cream/heavy-whipping-cream/pasteurized-16-oz/

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Does butter actually lighten the coffee? Anyone?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 12:07 PM

I just want the truth... http://fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/trader-joes/organic-heavy-whipping-cream

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Mike, the stuff that comes out of the teats is called milk. Yes, cream is what floats when milk is left to it's own devices. Cream is liquid because there is still milk in it, suspended between the fat particles. Every carton of heavy cream I have ever looked at contained carbs.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Except the magic one from horizon dairy. :)

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 20, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I had a PET scan today. You are supposed to eat low carb the day before and nothing 6 hours before. Well 4 hrs before I had a sip of heavy cream to take a pill and the Dr. Freaked out, telling me it gets broken down into glucose and could ruin the test. Do you think that is true?

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Much easier to find grass fed butter where the only ingredient is "cream". All the heavy cream I find has other crap in it and is not grass fed and cost more.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Very true. While I can find Kerrygold in many stores, the only cream I can find within 5 miles of my house that doesnt have a bunch of junk in it is at Trader Joes. I feel guility when I buy it becasue they usually only have a few pints and I buy them out.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 12:15 PM

This is a good answer. Butter is more stable than cream, right? Making it easier to transport/store without additives. With cream I think it's harder to maintain the smooth liquid consistency without additives.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:54 PM

This is definitely true. Grass-fed Kerrygold butter is much more available than grass fed heavy cream (at least in my area).

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 20, 2012
at 03:49 AM

I keep forgetting that when I buy "cream" or " butter" I actually need to check the ingredients. I find that kind of insane, really that buying cream is not just cream these days

Medium avatar

(10611)

on February 09, 2013
at 11:15 PM

The highest butterfat cream I can get is 36%.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:35 AM

After I tried buttered coffee I realized it tasted much like coffee with cream. Cream costs more than butter and gets sour before I can finish it (if I avoid the ultrapasturized crap cream.) So I use butter now to save money.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:04 PM

I actually use grass-fed ghee in my morning coffee becasue I want to eat protein and carbs only once a day at dinner. The ghee I use has only trace amounts of carbs or protein.

The HWC from Trader Joes with just cream as an ingredient has a few grams of carbs and protein each.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 18, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Oh and the ghee also has nearly infinite shelf life verus cream which spoils so logisitcally its a bit easier too. To be clear I blend the ghee into the coffee. Looks just like coffee with cream.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 19, 2012
at 12:58 PM

My apologies, I forgot to consider serving size. From fit day 1/2 cup heavy cream has 3.3 carbs and 2.4 protein. I always use half a cup on berries so I just recalled that. Probably not too many people using half a cup in their coffee. Sorry for the misleading post.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 19, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Are you sure about TJ's HWC? a few grams of each sounds like a lot? For how big of a serving? I would expect zero or at least rounded down to zero. http://fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/trader-joes/organic-heavy-whipping-cream

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on June 18, 2012
at 11:01 PM

I find that I use less butter than cream, and it tastes good. shrugs

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Butter has less lactose (for those with intolerance). Although technically butter is churned cream, it also has less water per volume (as the milk protein solids will separate from the liquid leftover), so for a person to compare pound for pound nutritionally or cost, butter is always going to come out on top - especially because of its availability. Any farm I go to to buy my dairy, I can always get raw grass fed milk but cream is scant. We can make our own butter then.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on June 18, 2012
at 09:42 PM

Butter is just over-whipped cream, so I don't see what the problem is.

I tried it once, and nearly puked, but then I don't like coffee very much.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 18, 2012
at 10:36 PM

This is right. Butter is just churned cream. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churning_(butter)

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(19469)

on June 19, 2012
at 02:01 PM

I don't know how one could "nearly" puke drinking butter in their coffee unless they 1) didn't blend it (creating an oil slick on top of the coffee) or 2) put an entire stick of butter in there, effectively making it "butter with coffee in it". I blend a tbsp or butter, coconut oil, ghee, or heavy cream in my coffee (rotating depending on mood and availability) and they're all pretty much the same in terms of texture, flavor, etc.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on June 19, 2012
at 05:55 PM

or (3) they're English and don't drink coffee very often.

0721afec895333489aaa029b896d1dc3

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on June 22, 2012
at 12:48 AM

FED-I do the same, only I use close to 2 TB butter per 16oz. Frothy and very yummy!

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