25 Junk Food Facts That Might Convince You To Eat Healthier

Junk food is definitely one of the most enjoyable guilty pleasures of the modern world and an undeniable part of pop culture. People eat junk food at fast-food places, in school, at sports games, amusement parks, and movie theaters among other places, and junk food is easier to get access to

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25 Junk Food Facts That Might Convince You To Eat Healthier

Junk food is definitely one of the most enjoyable guilty pleasures of the modern world and an undeniable part of pop culture. People eat junk food at fast-food places, in school, at sports games, amusement parks, and movie theaters among other places, and junk food is easier to get access to than water in many cases.Unfortunately, junk food consumption comes at a great price. No matter how easy these delicious foods might be to eat, believe us when we say that junk food is as bad for your health as alcohol and smoking. See for yourself with these 25 junk food facts that might just convince you to eat healthier.

25. The term “junk food” was originally used in the sixties but would become widely popular in the following decade when the song “Junk Food Junkie” reached the top of the charts in the mid-1970s.

24. Survey after survey of the past few decades has shown that the excessive consumption of junk food is directly connected with the increase in obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain cancers.

23. If you’re looking for someone or something to blame for the junk food culture that exists today then blame your television. It’s a proven fact that nearly 80 percent of all food commercials that air on Saturday morning children shows are for junk food.

22. The American snack Cracker Jack was the first to use toys to target junk food to children. No morals whatsoever!

21. You’ve probably heard again and again how a can of Coca-Cola has about eight or nine (or even ten, according to some) teaspoons of sugar but you’ve probably never heard that the can’s metal is by far the most expensive of all the “ingredients” since the famous soda is made mainly with water, additives, refined sugar, and caffeine.

20. Raking in $23 billion annually, the United States’ candy market is the global leader in junk food sales. Surprisingly, candy sales have continued to increase despite concerns over junk food and obesity.

19. In the late seventies Daniel White killed San Francisco mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang “Twinkie defense,” White was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder because he allegedly suffered from depression. His change in diet from healthy food to Twinkies and other sugary food was used by the defense as a symptom of that depression.

18. More than $2 billion in candy is sold for Halloween, more than any other holiday in America. That makes Halloween the unhealthiest and “fattest” holiday.

17. In case you’ve always wondered, French fries (of course) are the most popular type of junk food globally. One portion of McDonald’s fries has about 600 calories and won’t help you stave off hunger but instead will make you even hungrier.

16. It’s reported that Dunkin’ Donuts sells more or less around 6.4 million donuts a day; in other words, Americans consume more than 2.3 billion donuts a year from Dunkin’ Donuts alone.

15. The Tootsie Roll was named after its creator’s daughter Clara, whose nickname was Tootsie. It was the first individually wrapped penny candy. During WWII, Tootsie Rolls were placed in soldiers’ ration kits because they could survive various weather conditions. Umm, what is it made from again?

14. Before the term “junk food” became popular, junk food had become part of the American diet in the 1920s, but it was through television advertising after WWII that junk food became more popular and nutritionists finally became more concerned.

13. Did you ever wonder when or how gum became so popular? Back in 1891, William Wrigley Jr. began selling soap in Chicago. To increase his sales, he gave gum away to his customers. When his gum became a hit, he decided to start making and selling gum instead.

12. The vast majority of researchers and nutritionists agree that fats from junk food trigger the brain to want more food, which, of course, leads to obesity in the long term.

11. Twinkies are the undisputed champion of all junk food snacks, and it’s estimated that Hostess makes over 500 million Twinkies each year. For the record, it has been reported that the agent that gives Twinkies their smooth feel, cellulose gum, is also used in rocket fuel.

10. Despite not being the biggest-selling chocolate bar, Snickers is undeniably the most popular in America, due to its supposed healthful aspects.

9. A recent scientific study in China showed that breast cancer rates in the country are rising significantly because of an increase in the consumption of Western-style junk food.

8. There is a theory that suggests daily consumption of candy and junk food by children has been linked to violence later in life, though there are many psychologists and scientists who openly disagree with this theory.

7. Many surveys have showed that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant or breast-feeding have children who are prone to obesity throughout life. Their children are also prone to diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood fats.

6. Alloxen is a by-product of bleaching white flour and it’s found in many products classified as junk food. What does it do? Research shows that it leads to diabetes in healthy animals by destroying their pancreatic beta cells. Imagine what it can do to humans.

5. A Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) survey found that some baby food products may have as much, if not more, saturated fat and sugar than junk food.

4. For thousands of years, natural licorice was used as medicine to treat ulcers, sore throats, and coughs. The first licorice “candy” was an attempt to disguise the bitter flavor of the medicine, though now most American licorice “candy” lack licorice’s historic therapeutic qualities.

3. Whenever you crave unhealthy food just keep in mind that the common thickener corn dextrin, used in some junk food, is also the glue used on envelopes and postage stamps.

2. We all tend to think that a good milkshake is made from milk and cream. Well that’s totally false, at least when it comes to the delicious Wendy’s Frosty, which contains not one, not two, but 14 different ingredients (called thickening agents).

1. A recent survey showed that young women who eat junk food consistently are at a higher risk for developing polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that usually causes type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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21 Questions You Never Want Your Family To Ask

1. “Are you dating anyone?”

We’re Facebook friends, grandma. You already know the answer to this.

2. “Whatever happened to [insert your ex’s name here]?”

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3. “So, Obamacare has been a total disaster, amiright?”

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Oh good, the obnoxious gloating I ordered is here.

4. “How has the weight loss been going?”

Sorry, can’t hear you over the sound of pie.

5. “Are you still a vegetarian/vegan?”

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My diet preferences are not a coat, I’m not going to outgrow them.

6. “Can you figure out how to get our iPhones to do [something that’s either basic, or actually impossible]?”

 

Please stop trying to put the USB plug into the wall socket, ma.

7. “What do you think is going to happen to that Edward Snowden asshole?”

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That’s really a question for Russia, grandpa.

8. “Can you stay longer?”

No amount of sad puppy looks are going to get me out of this flight change fee.

9. “If I got you a gym membership, would you use it?”

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10. “Do you need money?”

I do, and I completely hate myself for it.

11. “You’re coming to church with us, right?”

12. “Are you and [your SO] ever planning on getting married?”

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This question is twice as fun when your SO is in the room.

13. “So, what’s the dating scene like out there?”

 

It’s a tragedy.

14. “When can we come visit you?”

You can come when all ten of you can fit on the same crappy pull-out couch.

15. “I hear your Twitter is hilarious. Can I follow you?”

Sure, let me just delete everything on it.

16. “How is your job going/how have your grades been?”

 

BRB, hitting imaginary eject button.

17. “Will you come watch [a movie that we don’t know has a sex scene] with us?”

Don’t mind me, I’m just going to take a convenient bathroom break 42 minutes in.

18. “When do you plan on giving us grandchildren?”

If you ask for that one more time, we are turning around this car and going straight home, mom.

19. “You’re so far away, have you ever thought about moving back home?”

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20. “Why don’t you come visit us more often?”

I love you, but I love being able to pay my bills more.

21. “What exactly is twerking?”

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10 Facts That Prove The World Isn’t All Bad

1. Looking at cute animals makes you more productive.

A 2012 study found that viewing pictures of puppies and kittens made subjects significantly better at a motor dexterity task, as well as a task that involved searching for numbers. So clearly looking at cute animals on the internet makes you better at your job.

2. Countries that consume the most chocolate also have the most Nobel Prize winners.

A study last year uncovered the relationship. Eat at least fifty Hershey’s Special Darks per day and you will become a physics genius in no time.

3. And people who eat chocolate have better sex.

Eating at least one cube of dark chocolate daily improves sexual desire and function, according to one study.

4. Generous people live longer.

A five-year study concluded this year found that people who gave to others were hardier than those who were stingy. Said the study author, “we found that when dealing with stressful situations, those who had helped others during the previous year were less likely to die than those who had not helped others.”

5. And being generous might make you sexier.

At least if you date women. In one study, women ranked behavior like donating blood and volunteering high on the list of things they look for in a partner. Guys may know this, at least subconsciously – another study found they donate more money when attractive women are around.

6. The hole in the ozone layer is smaller than ever.

Measurements made last year found the hole smaller than it had been in ten years, suggesting that bans on chlorofluorocarbons, which deplete the ozone layer, are working. As the ozone layer repairs itself, the planet will be better protected from ultraviolet radiation, which means lower cancer risk for humans.

7. Bald eagles are back!

Habitat destruction and the pesticide DDT, which weakened the eagles’ eggs, put the birds on the edge of extinction – in 1963, there were only 487 pairs left in the US. But after a ban on DDT and a series of breeding programs, the eagles rebounded – they were taken off the list of threatened and endangered species in 2007.

8. Laughing is almost as good for you as exercise.

In a 2005 study, researchers found that watching a funny movie made subjects’ blood vessels dilate, which can be good for cardiovascular health. “The magnitude of change we saw […] is similar to the benefit we might see with aerobic activity, but without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated with exercise,” said study author Michael Miller in a release. So if you spend the afternoon on the couch watching Old School, you can still feel good about yourself.

9. Having a pet could reduce your risk of cancer.

Owning a dog or cat reduces your risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one study found, and the risk is lower the longer you and your pet cohabit.

10. The world might be getting more peaceful.

In a 2012 statistical analysis, Norwegian political scientists found that the number of countries at war was dropping, and would likely drop even more – by 2050, they estimated that only half as many countries would be in armed conflict as are today. The researchers cite international peacekeeping efforts and better education worldwide as possible causes of the decrease.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/annanorth/10-facts-that-prove-the-world-isnt-all-bad

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15 Mistakes You’re Making At The Grocery Store

It’s time to put this “parsley or cilantro?” question to bed, once and for all.

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1. Evaporated Milk vs. Sweetened Condensed Milk

Evaporated Milk vs. Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Evaporated milk is a shelf-stable milk with 60% less water (thus, 60% less volume) than regular milk. Stabilizers and vitamins are added, but no sweeteners or flavorings. It’s often used in savory baking recipes (like bread); if a dessert recipe calls for evaporated milk, it will call for some kind of sweetener as well.

Sweetened condensed milk, on the other hand, is evaporated milk plus sugar. After 60% of the water is removed from the milk, sugar is added to create a thick liquid that’s super sweet and more like syrup than milk.

IN A NUTSHELL: Sweetened condensed milk is evaporated milk with sugar added.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. Evaporated milk is thin and savory, sweetened condensed milk is thick and syrupy sweet.

2. Radish vs. Beet

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Radishes and beets look similar, with red bulbs roughly the size of golf balls (though sometimes much bigger), but have totally different tastes and culinary uses.

Radishes (pictured left) have bright red skin and white flesh. They have a spicy flavor and are usually sliced thin and served raw, with the skins still on.

Beets (pictured right) have dark, reddish-purple skin with flesh the same color. They have a sweet, earthy, and slightly metallic flavor. Some people think they taste like dirt. Usually they’re served roasted, as that brings out their intense sweetness, but sometimes they’re served raw (shaved super thin). Either way, beets are always eaten without the skin.

IN A NUTSHELL: Radishes are raw salad veggies, beets are something you cook.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. Radishes are spicy and usually eaten raw, beets are sweet and usually eaten cooked.

3. Pure Cranberry Juice vs. Cranberry 100% Juice vs. Cranberry Juice Cocktail

Pure Cranberry Juice vs. Cranberry 100% Juice vs. Cranberry Juice Cocktail

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Pure cranberry juice is only cranberry juice (usually from concentrate) and water. Because cranberries are so tart, the juice is super sour and not at all sweet.

Cranberry 100% juice is made of cranberry juice (from concentrate) and water, plus other sweet fruit juices (usually apple and grape) for sweetness. So, it’s 100% juice, but not 100% cranberry juice.

Cranberry juice cocktail is the most common of the three, and it’s a mixture of cranberry juice and water, plus sugar and asorbic acid (to enhance the tartness of the cranberry juice and balance the sweetness of the sugar).

IN A NUTSHELL: The dark one is the only one that’s actually the juice of cranberries – the cranberry juice cocktail is the one you probably know and love as a drink.

Can I substitute one for the other? Sort of. There’s no substitution for pure cranberry juice, but cranberry 100% juice and cranberry juice cocktail essentially taste the same.

4. Parsley vs. Cilantro

Parsley vs. Cilantro

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Parsley (pictured left) is slightly grassy but extremely mild tasting. The stems are good for adding flavor to soups or broths. The leaves are slightly rough and more resilient than cilantro leaves, which means they don’t wilt or get soggy as easily.

Cilantro (pictured right) has a stronger, slightly soapy taste very similar to coriander (since cilantro leaves actually grow from the coriander seed). In fact, adding the stems to a soup or broth will add a coriander flavor. The leaves make a very flavorful garnish, but are really soft and wilt easily.

IN A NUTSHELL: You will never have to stop looking closely to tell the difference, but the one with the little rounded tips is cilantro.

Can I substitute one for the other? Sort of. Using the wrong herb will change the flavor profile of your dish, but it’ll still be totally edible and possibly even delicious.

Here’s a really good way to remember the difference:

Here's a really good way to remember the difference:

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5. Lemon vs. Meyer Lemon

Lemon vs. Meyer Lemon

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Lemons are lemons.

Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons and have a subtly sweet, floral flavor. They are also more orange in color than regular lemons, are softer to the touch, and have smoother skin. They’re great in desserts, and are delicious for making preserved lemons, but they’re more expensive (about $4 per pound, vs. $1–2 per pound for regular lemons). So only use them for recipes that specify “Meyer lemon.”

IN A NUTSHELL: They’re similar, but Meyer lemons have smoother skin and are less tart.

Can I substitute one for the other? Sort of. Regular lemon will make a recipe more tart, but it’ll still come out fine.

6. Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder

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Baking soda, also called bicarbonate of soda, is a pure alkaline, so it needs to be mixed with an acid (buttermilk, citrus juice, vinegar, etc.) in order to work. When it’s mixed with an acid, gas is released, which causes baked goods to rise. But, baking soda has a strong, metallic flavor that can ruin a recipe if you use too much.

Baking powder is a mix of baking soda, acid, and corn starch. Because it already has acid mixed in, it only needs to be mixed with liquid and heat for gas to be released and rising to happen. Baking powder has a much milder flavor than baking soda too.

IN A NUTSHELL: They’re different so you should always have both in your pantry if you want to bake.

Can I substitute one for the other? No, because they react differently to the other ingredients in the recipe.

7. Scallion vs. Shallot

Scallion vs. Shallot

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A scallion is a long green leaf with a tiny white bulb (usually with part of the root still attached). Usually they’re used as a garnish and not cooked, but if you do cook them they’re treated like other leafy greens, meaning they only get cooked for a minute or two.

A shallot is sold as a bulb, with no leaves. It’s like an onion but smaller and with a milder flavor. And, like onions, they are used to add extra flavor to cooked dishes, or raw as garnish to add sharpness and crunch.

IN A NUTSHELL: Shallots are like small, subtler onions that are pale pink; scallions are at like tiny leeks.

Can I substitute one for the other? Sort of. You can use the white part of the scallion pretty much the same way you would use a shallot, but if you want greens, you’ll need scallions.

8. Red Cabbage vs. Radicchio

Red Cabbage vs. Radicchio

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Red cabbage is crunchier and has waxy leaves that are denser than radicchio’s. The flavor of cabbage isn’t nearly as bitter as radicchio since the leaves contain so much water. A head of cabbage is also larger than radicchio. Cabbage can be eaten cooked or raw, and is great for salads and slaws, because the fibrous leaves don’t wilt (you can cover them with dressing ahead of time and they won’t get soggy).

Radicchio has softer, more delicate leaves and a super bitter, slightly spicy flavor and is almost always eaten raw. You can quick-cook radicchio on the grill, but you wouldn’t braise it (as is often done with cabbage.) It’s great in salads with strong ingredients, like sharp cheeses and acidic dressings.

IN A NUTSHELL: Red cabbage is crunchier, thicker, and can be cooked; radicchio is a bitter salad green.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. A radicchio slaw will end up a soggy, bitter mess.

9. All-Purpose Flour vs. Self-Rising Flour

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All-purpose flour is plain flour and when a recipe calls for flour this is what they mean.

Self-rising flour is AP flour with baking powder and salt added to act as a leavening agent (meaning, to help your baked goods rise). To make your own, the recipe is as follows:

1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt = 1 cup self-rising flour.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. Just buy AP flour and add baking powder if a recipe ever calls for self-rising flour and you can’t find it.

10. Corn Starch vs. Corn Meal

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Corn starch is a thickener you’d add in small amounts to sauces or gravies to give them body. It’s made from just the endosperm of a corn kernal, which contains all of the starch but none of the gritty fiber (found in the germ and the hull), ground into a super-fine, bright white powder. It’s never used as the base starch in a recipe the way flour or cornmeal are.

Corn meal is more like flour because it’s used as a base for baked goods like cornbreads and cakes. Cornmeal is made by grinding corn kernels into a coarse powder, and unlike corn starch, corn meal contains some of the corn’s husk and germ (the fiber) as well as the endosperm (the starch), making it grittier but less chalky.

IN A NUTSHELL: Corn starch thickens sauces; corn meal makes tortillas and cornbread.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. Corn starch is a thickener, and cornmeal is used as the base for baked goods.

11. Plain Yogurt vs. Vanilla Yogurt

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Plain yogurt has no added flavorings or sweeteners. It is white in color and has a tangy flavor.

Vanilla yogurt, though it’s often the same, yogurt-y white color as plain yogurt, has added sweetener and vanilla flavor. It’s sweet, which masks most of the tang of plain yogurt.

IN A NUTSHELL: Vanilla yogurt isn’t plain yogurt.

(Maybe this one seems self-explanatory, but the number of people I’ve heard complain about their significant other/roommate coming home with vanilla yogurt when then grocery list clearly stated “PLAIN YOGURT” is truly astounding).

Can I substitute one for the other? I mean, you’re probably just eating it for breakfast, so do what you want. But in a recipe don’t substitute because one is sweet and the other isn’t so it will definitely change the flavor.

12. Old Fashioned Oats vs. Quick-Cooking (or Instant) Oats

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Old-fashioned oats, also called rolled oats, are oats that have been husked (their outer, fibrous husks are removed), steamed, then flattened. This makes them softer and speeds up the cooking process without compromising texture too much. On the stovetop with boiling water, old fashioned oats take about 5 minutes to cook into a creamy, slightly chewy oatmeal with lots of texture.

Quick-cooking/instant oats are rolled oats that have been pressed much thinner, creating broken-up pieces of oats that are almost powdery. In boiling liquid on the stovetop, instant oats take less than a minute to cook. However, they don’t have much texture, since they’ve been broken into such tiny pieces, and they make for slightly mushy oatmeal.

IN A NUTSHELL: Quick cooking oats are old fashioned oats pressed even thinner that cook even faster.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. If a recipe calls for rolled oats, substituting instant oats won’t work because the texture is far more powdery and will make your batter gummy.

13. Turnip vs. Parsnip

Turnip vs. Parsnip

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A turnip is a root vegetable with purple-and-white skin and crunchy white flesh. Typically by the time a turnip gets to the supermarket, the taproot (the long, skinny part of the vegetable that goes furthest down in the ground) has been removed, leaving only the round, roughly spherical part of the root. Turnips can be shaved thin and eaten raw, but are usually served cooked. They have a slightly sweet, slightly-spicy flavor, with a bitter after taste.

A parsnip is a root vegetable shaped like a carrot (conical), but with dark-cream-colored skin and white flesh. Like a turnip, it is occasionally shaved thin and eaten raw, but usually served cooked. When cooked, the flesh gets soft and very sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

IN A NUTSHELL: Turnips are round and usually have a hint of purple; parsnips looks like white carrots, but otherwise they’re pretty similar.

Can I substitute one for the other? Probably. They taste a little different, but have similar textures and take the same amount of time to cook.

14. Tomato Sauce vs. Tomato Paste

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Tomato sauce is made of tomatoes puréed with a little bit of water, plus spices and salt for flavor. It’s the same thickness as jarred tomato sauce (like Prego or Ragu), or the kind you might make yourself, but without any lumps. Canned tomato sauce is often called for in large quantities (think, one or two whole 15-ounce cans) as the base for chili recipes, stews, or tomato-based soups.

Tomato paste is also made with tomatoes, spices, and salt, but the tomatoes are concentrated first, then puréed into a super thick paste that’s intensely sweet and a little bit tangy. It’s used in small quantities to add flavor, not as a base for recipes.

IN A NUTSHELL: Tomato paste has a way stronger flavor so it’s used in smaller amounts.

Can I substitute one for the other? No. Tomato paste adds flavor, and tomato sauce adds volume.

15. Light Cream vs. Whipping Cream vs. Heavy Cream

Light Cream vs. Whipping Cream vs. Heavy Cream

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Light cream has a fat content of 18–30% (for comparison, whole milk is about 3.25%) and is used mostly as coffee creamer. Light cream won’t whip, because it doesn’t have enough fat, and it isn’t really used as a base for cream sauces, because it’s too thin.

Whipping cream, also sometimes called light whipping cream, has a fat content of 30–36%, plus added stabilizers – usually carrageenan, a substance derived from seaweed – that help it hold its form once it’s whipped (otherwise the air bubbles will escape and the whipped cream will essentially deflate over time and turn back to liquid).

Heavy cream, also sometimes called heavy whipping cream has a fat content of 36–40% and is great for whipping, or as a base for cream sauces. Look for heavy cream without stabilizers (carrageenan), since its high fat content is enough to help heavy cream hold its shape when whipped. And, if you’re just using it to thicken a sauce, there’s no need for a stabilizer.

IN A NUTSHELL: Only ever use light cream for coffee. Opt for heavy cream over whipping cream unless you’re on a diet.

Can I substitute one for the other? Sort of. Heavy cream and whipping cream are pretty much interchangeable. But, light cream won’t whip and won’t really thicken a sauce.

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