Does Sour Cream Have Sugar? (Answered)

One common question that many people ask is whether sour cream contains sugar. We are here to answer that question and to provide you with how much is in it. Read on to learn more.

Is There Sugar in Sour Cream?

Sour cream contains naturally occurring sugar. However, manufacturers do not typically add sugar to it.

Sour cream is a dairy product that is made by fermenting cream with lactic acid bacteria. During the fermentation process, the bacteria convert lactose, which is a type of sugar found in milk, into lactic acid.

This process gives sour cream its distinctive tangy flavor and thick, creamy texture. It also reduces the amount of natural sugar in sour cream since much of it is converted into lactic acid.

So, in short, the majority of sour cream products contain a bit of natural sugar but no added sugar.

How Much Sugar in Sour Cream?

The table below shows how much sugar is in the products of several popular sour cream brands.

We separated out the sugar by “total sugars” and “added sugars”. Note that total sugars represents all added and natural sugars whereas added sugars are only what the manufacturer adds to the sour cream.

You can see that none of the products featured below have added sugars. Furthermore, total sugars are minimal at 1-2 grams per two tablespoon serving size.

Sour CreamServing SizeTotal Sugars (g)Added Sugars (g)
Breakstone’s – Regular2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Breakstone’s Fat-Free2 tbsp (30g)2g0g
Daisy – Regular2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Daisy – Light2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Fage – Regular2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Great Value – Regular 2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Great Value – Light2 tbsp (30g)2g0g
Hood – Regular2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Hood – Light2 tbsp (30g)2g0g
Kalona Super Natural Organic2 tbsp (28g)1g0g
Organic Valley – Regular2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Organic Valley – Lowfat2 tbsp (30g)2g0g
Tillamook – Regular2 tbsp (30g)1g0g
Tillamook – Reduced Fat2 tbsp (30g)1g0g

Sour Cream Lactose Content

The sugar (lactose) in sour cream can be a problematic for some people to digest. When a person has difficultly digesting lactose their bodies typically do not naturally produce enough lactase in the small intestines. It is lactase which the body uses to break down lactose.

Most people who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to lactose can tolerate some dairy in their diets. Research has found that lactose-intolerant people can usually tolerate up to 12 grams of lactose in a sitting or about 18 grams over a full day.

The University of Virginia Health Systems reports that sour cream has approximately 0.7 grams of lactose in two tablespoons. In other words, many people are able to consume sour cream without experiencing digestive issues assuming it is consumed in moderation and without other dairy.

Read our article on the lactose content of sour cream for more information on the topic.

Sour Cream Nutrition Facts

Here are the general nutrition facts for regular sour cream to give you an idea of the other nutrition data beyond sugar. Of course, the product label of any given sour cream will provide the most accurate nutrition data that is specific to the product.

Nutrition Facts
servings per container
Serving size 2 tbsp (30g)

Amount per serving
Calories 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 1g

Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 30mg 3%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 40mg 1%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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