ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How Can Half & Half be Fat Free?

Updated on January 6, 2017

I was having my morning coffee today and as I added some fat free half and half, a recurring question nagged at me: how can half and half be fat free? After all, what is half and half? Is it not half milk and half cream? And does not cream have fat? In fact, is not the fat content at the heart of the definition of cream? Hence the conundrum: how can half and half be fat free?

This questioned nags at me every single time I buy half and half. I stand in front of the dairy case staring at the half and half and the “fat free half and half”. My hand first goes to the fat free, then the regular, then back to the fat free. What should I get? The stuff they call “fat free half and half” or the real stuff with half milk and half cream.

First, what is half and half?

Apparently, it depends on where you live. In Australia1, half and half (or fifties) is half lager and half dark ale. In Belgium, it’s half wine and half champagne. Even in some parts of the US, there’s something called an Arnold Palmer: half lemonade and half iced tea. I’m sure all of those half and halves (halfs?) would taste good in my coffee (except , perhaps, Arnold), but it’s the American version of coffee half and half we’re after: half light cream and half whole milk2.

Light cream is milk that contains 10 – 30% butterfat. There are all sorts of “milk”, defined solely by their fat content3:

Clotted cream 55- 60%

Double cream 48%

Heavy cream 36 – 38%

Single cream 20%

Light cream 16 – 29%

Half & Half 10 – 12%

Whole milk about 3.5%

2% milk approximately 2%

1% milk approximately 1%

Skim milk 0 – .5%

So, what exactly is in “fat free half and half”?

After reading the labels (duh!) of several brands of “fat free half and half”, here’s what I found:

Fat free milk, Corn syrup, Cream**, Artificial color, Disodium phosphate, Carrageenan, Guar gum, Vitamin A palmitate.

That brings us back to the original conundrum. If fat free half and half has cream (which by definition has fat), how can this product be fat free? And the label says “Total Fat 0g”. Then I noticed the ** notation for the “Cream” ingredient. That notation stated: ** adds a trivial amount of fat.

There you have it. Fat-free half and half isn’t half and half after all because it’s not half cream and half milk. And fat free half and half isn’t in fact fat free because it has a “trivial amount” of fat. It’s not fat free and it’s not half and half. I wonder if they make fat free cream?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)