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Walmart Great Value Heavy Cream?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 19, 2011 at 4:38 AM

Surprisingly, Walmart's Great Value heavy cream is noticeably thicker and creamier than just about anything else I can find out there. I easily go through a quart in about 5 days, and drinking it with a square of super dark chocolate is like a freaking milkshake. Nice. And the price is great too -- 3 bucks and change for a whole quart of the stuff. So the question is...just how bad is it for you (since I assume it can't be pasture-raised)? I mean, it's Walmart for crying out loud. Thoughts?

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on May 20, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Then you are more than ready for the big leagues, lol!

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on May 19, 2011
at 10:50 PM

yeah, carrageenan (agar agar) is a thickening agent, so it's not the "quality of the cream" that's giving you that richness. fyi

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Wise words, Shari. Thanks. I've been paleo for well over 2 years now and am very much grounded in it, so alas, I guess in light of what I've learned in this Hack, it's time to face the music and move up to the good stuff. Dang. Thanks everyone else for chiming in too. Good stuff.

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Not much can still cause problems. A lot of these gut irritants cause problems in very small amounts. It's not the end of the world but once you have things inline, I'd do a brand switch and see if the small amount of carrageenan causes problem upon reintroduction. I thought for the longest time that the guar gum in most coconut milks didn't cause me problems. After some tinkering, I know it does. It doesn't need to much to cause issues.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Carrageenan for me is to harsh of a substance to have in my diet. There's other cream out there.

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on May 19, 2011
at 12:42 PM

I wouldn't use it just because it's Walmarts brand and you know the cows it's coming from are not going to be healthy. I don't have a raw source so I always choose an organic brand of dairy products, usually Organic Valley brand which has no additives, just cream.

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on May 19, 2011
at 05:47 AM

there is no way i'd drink this. mono and diglycerides is very similar to partially hydrogenated oils.

66283d390809787a11a81be7ee5fb98d

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on May 19, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Hm. Less than 1% doesn't sound like much.

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at 04:55 AM

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Heavy-Whipping-Cream-32-fl-oz/10450340

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

How bad is it for you? I think that depends. If you have been Paleo for a good while and are firmly grounded in it and you can afford to do better I would try to push through the "I want the really thick and creamy stuff" and find some good cream from pastured, healthy animals. That is the ideal.

If you are new or newer to Paleo and trying to find ways to make the diet work for you then I think it's absolutely fine. I think the process of learning to leave Twinkieville and find happiness in a Paleo world is challenging enough. While you are still mastering the act of eating paleo and being happy with your food I don't think it's necessary or even productive to have to make every choice the most perfect choice. I see so many push too hard for perfection in the beginning and become frustrated and give up. If this cream and chocolate keeps you happy and on the path and it's what you can afford and have easy access to then I say it's just fine. For now. Heaven knows I spent many years slugging down cream like this and it didn't kill me. And when I knew better, could afford better,and could find better I did better.

In other words, only you can just how bad or how good this is for you. Keep your eyes focused on the big picture. The minutia can be worked out later.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Carrageenan for me is to harsh of a substance to have in my diet. There's other cream out there.

66283d390809787a11a81be7ee5fb98d

(280)

on May 19, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Wise words, Shari. Thanks. I've been paleo for well over 2 years now and am very much grounded in it, so alas, I guess in light of what I've learned in this Hack, it's time to face the music and move up to the good stuff. Dang. Thanks everyone else for chiming in too. Good stuff.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 20, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Then you are more than ready for the big leagues, lol!

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D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on May 19, 2011
at 04:55 AM

Ingredients: Heavy Cream, Contains Less Than 1% Of Each Of The Following: Mono- And Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan.

I'd stay away. http://paleohacks.com/questions/582/carrageenan-polysorbate-in-cream#axzz1MltFg3Lb

66283d390809787a11a81be7ee5fb98d

(280)

on May 19, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Hm. Less than 1% doesn't sound like much.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on May 19, 2011
at 05:47 AM

there is no way i'd drink this. mono and diglycerides is very similar to partially hydrogenated oils.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on May 19, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Not much can still cause problems. A lot of these gut irritants cause problems in very small amounts. It's not the end of the world but once you have things inline, I'd do a brand switch and see if the small amount of carrageenan causes problem upon reintroduction. I thought for the longest time that the guar gum in most coconut milks didn't cause me problems. After some tinkering, I know it does. It doesn't need to much to cause issues.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

(5242)

on May 19, 2011
at 04:55 AM

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Heavy-Whipping-Cream-32-fl-oz/10450340

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on May 19, 2011
at 12:42 PM

I wouldn't use it just because it's Walmarts brand and you know the cows it's coming from are not going to be healthy. I don't have a raw source so I always choose an organic brand of dairy products, usually Organic Valley brand which has no additives, just cream.

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35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

on May 19, 2011
at 01:45 PM

I'm betting the Carrageenan is what's making it super rich feeling/tasting. If you google Carrageenan, you'll read some scary stuff on the "all natural" additive.

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on May 19, 2011
at 10:50 PM

yeah, carrageenan (agar agar) is a thickening agent, so it's not the "quality of the cream" that's giving you that richness. fyi

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32123f4f25bdf6a7b70c9c2a719386ed

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on May 21, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Most cream on the market these days is ultra pasturized. My first priority for cream is to find one that isn't , so even though a cream might be organic they almost are always ultra-pasterized and worse for you than one that isn't organic but just plain pasterized or even better raw.

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B294f81b6a77c4ac1ad5fc55313dec84

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on May 19, 2011
at 09:12 AM

Costco also has a pretty decent price on Heavy Whipping Cream.

What I want to try? We have an outlet for Raw Milk. And I so want to try the Raw Cream, if they have it ... Though YIKES -- if the milk is anything to go by, it'll probably cost a small fortune.

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