Is Sour Cream Fattening?

Question: Is sour cream fattening?

Answer: Let’s be honest, sour cream makes a lot of foods taste so much better. Think of how much better a baked potato, nachos, or pierogies taste with sour cream. However, the way life works is that the foods that taste really good are usually bad for our diet.

The main ingredient in sour cream is cream. If you buy a light sour cream, the main ingredients are cream and milk. Fat-free sour cream contains skim milk.

In order to determine if sour cream is fattening, let’s take a look at the nutrition facts of sour cream. Naturally, regular sour cream contains the highest percentage of fat while the fat-free kind contains the least. You can see by the nutrition facts below that fat-free sour cream is not so bad in terms of calories and , of course, fat.

Regular (full-fat) or light sour cream is where sour cream might be considered fattening for some. The serving size listed below is only two tablespoons. Since this is not a large portion, we would suspect that many people consume beyond the serving size with many meals involving sour cream. You can see how quickly calories can add up with just an extra tablespoon or two.

Sour cream is something you will want to eat in moderation if you are watching your calories. Fat-free sour cream is the best option in terms of calories and fat, but the taste is a factor for many people. The higher fat varieties taste much better but can be fattening if you take it too far.

Sour Cream Nutrition Facts

ProductServing SizeCalories Total Fat (g)Saturated Fat (g)Cholesterol (mg)Sodium (mg)Carbohydrates (g)Dietary Fiber (g)Sugars (g)Protein (g)
Regular Cultured Sour Cream2 Tablespoons 484.6 g2.4 g14 mg7 mg1.1 g0 g.82 g.59 g
Sour Cream Light2 Tablespoons332.5 g1.6 g8 mg20 mg1.7 g0 g0.05 g.84 g
Sour Cream Fat-Free2 Tablespoons180 g0 g2 mg34 g3.7 g0 g0.09 g.74 g

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