If you enjoy adding cream to your coffee, you are probably familiar with half-and-half. The emulsified mixture is made of half whole milk and half cream. The product is fatter than milk, with a fat content between 10.5 and 18 percent. If you are monitoring your daily intake of fat, you may consider reducing your consumption of half and half. The following will help you decide which dairy product is best suited for your morning coffee, considering your dietary needs or restrictions.

Half-and-half fat and nutrition content

The amount of fat in your half and half varies according to the type of cream used. Some varieties contain heavy cream, while others contain light cream. According to the USDA, 100 grams of standard half and half (about 3 ounces) contains 10.4 grams of fat. The same amount also contains 3.1 grams of protein and 4.7 grams of carbs. Half and half contains various vitamins such as vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5, vitamin A, vitamin B12, phosphorus, calcium and selenium.

Macronutrients in half and half versus milk

The USDA data for half and half and milk are distinctly different, whatever variety you choose. The protein content in the two dairy products are fairly similar. Milk contains between 3.2 – 3.4 grams of protein per 100 grams. Half and half contains between 3.3 – 3.6 grams of protein per 100 grams. The carbohydrate content is also similar. Milk contains between 4.8 – 5 grams per 100 grams, while half and half contains 4.7 grams in the same amount.

The only notable difference between the two products is the fat content. Whole milk has 3.3 grams of fat per 100 grams, while both low-fat and standard half-and-half products have significantly more fat (including saturated fat) than whole milk. If you are attempting to lower the amount of fat in your diet, you may want to stick with milk in your coffee. If you can afford a little extra fat, you can enjoy half and half in your morning cup! Either way, we have products to match your dietary needs. At Plains Dairy, we produce a large selection of high-quality Milk, Cultured, and Non-Dairy products. Call us today at (806) 374-0385 or Contact Us by email to learn more About Us. You can also Find a Location near you and check out our Recipes!