13 responses

  1. fernie fern
    January 24, 2012

    There is no difference!


    • J
      May 16, 2014

      fernie fern

      shut your mouth-hole.
      You’re an idiot.


  2. FDM
    April 6, 2012

    Nice job, thanks.


  3. Clint
    September 9, 2013

    “Sour Cream contains 15 to 20 percent fat; bad news for weight watchers.” Actually, this good news:
    First off, fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does!
    Saturated fat on the other hand:
    • Improves cardiovascular risk factors
    • Raises the level of HDL (good) cholesterol
    • Saturated fat is required for calcium to be effectively incorporated into bones.
    • Saturated fat has been shown in medical research to protect the liver from alcohol & other poisons.
    • The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. The lungs can not function without saturated fats.
    • Your brain is mainly made up of saturated fat and cholesterol. A diet that skimps on healthy saturated fats robs your brain of the raw materials it needs to function optimally.
    • Saturated fats, particularly those found in butter, lard, coconut oil, and palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence metabolism.
    • Saturated fats found in butter, cream, and sour cream play key roles in immune health, the importance of the fats lives on beyond infancy; we need dietary replenishment of them throughout adulthood, middle age, and into seniority to keep the immune system vigilant against the development of cancerous cells as well as infectious invaders.
    • Without fat, vitamins and mineral can’t get absorbed.
    • Your brain, liver, and sex hormones are fat dependent.
    • The immune system is enhanced by saturated fats.
    • Kidneys can’t function without saturated fats


    • Clint
      September 9, 2013

      Just to add one more thing “Sour cream is very high in fat and not as nutritious as yogurt.”
      Full fat plain yogurt contains the same amount of fat as sour cream, low fat yogurts contain SUGAR!!!!! Sugar is fattening.


    • Nathan
      January 17, 2014

      I ended up reading this article because I ran out of sour cream and was thinking about putting some plain yogurt on a baked potato. I’m trying it now and it tastes almost the same, though I still prefer sour cream.

      Reading through the comments though, I have to agree with Clint regarding the value of saturated fat. I’ve lost a lot of weight and become less sleepy going to a diet that is high in saturated fat with zero bread and near zero grains (not a zero carb diet, i eat plenty of potatoes and fruits). I take a couple tablespoons of MCT oil each morning just to make sure i’m getting enough fat in my diet. And sometimes I follow that up with a spoonful of coconut oil. I also eat lots of nitrate/nitrite free bacon and save the rendered fat for cooking other things.


  4. Bella
    October 10, 2013

    Clint. You are very incorrect about the fat in sour cream being the same as plain yogurt. One tablespoon of sour cream is one whole serving of sour cream where as an entire cup of plain (nothing added) yogurt is one serving.
    ONE TBSP sour cream =
    Total Fat 2.4 g
    Saturated fat 1.4 g
    Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
    Monounsaturated fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 6 mg
    Some sour creams are higher, I just posted the lowest I could find.
    ONE CUP plain yogurt =
    Total Fat 0.7 g
    Saturated fat 0.2 g
    Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
    Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
    Trans fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 9 mg

    Now if I take one TBSP of yogurt and use it instead of sour cream in things like tacos, dips… anything else people normally use it for… I am not even registering on the nutrition chart. Which in turn means I can actually use more before it becomes unhealthy.

    OMEGA fats are the healthy fats. Those are found in various plants and fish or in the vitamin isle of your local store.

    I love using plain yogurt mixed with ranch dressing powder instead of using sour cream. I love using it in place of sour cream on my chicken breast veggie wraps. I love pouring 100% juice (no sugars added) into a cup of plain yogurt to make a healthy smoothie type breakfast… I am eating that right now (pomegranate juice with no added sugars because it is already very sweet on its own).

    I am posting links with my information as I think all people who make nutrition statements should.


    • Erik
      November 6, 2014

      Bella, that depends very heavily upon what type of yogurt you are using. I personally use a full fat yogurt made from 5% butterfat milk. Comparing that yogurt to the same company’s sour cream, ounce you normalize the serving size the biggest difference between the two seems to be the difference in water vs fat content. Protein is the same and there might actually be a little more sugar content in the sour cream.

      Clint is correct in stating that saturated fat is a healthy fat, that along with monounsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fats are not healthy to unhealthy per-say rather they can be unhealthy if consumed incorrectly. You want to keep your polyunsaturated fat consumption as the lowest percentage of your total fat consumption while also keeping your omega-6 to omega-3 consumption in a ratio of between 1:1 and 4:1 because they contribute to regulating your body’s inflammation response. You also want to avoid over cooking polyunsaturated fats because they are easily oxidized which leads to arterial damage if consumed, especially if you are over-consuming omega-6 fats which increases your inflammatory response to that arterial damage and increase scarring.


  5. Babs
    October 29, 2013

    Clint you are right!


  6. Salvia
    January 18, 2016

    If you make your own, there is very little difference. You can make sour cream with milk, or yogurt with cream, the tang depends largely on the amount of time the product is allowed to ferment prior to refrigeration.


  7. moses
    August 26, 2017

    Eat all you can…
    It always depends on the consumption and on the person


  8. Abu Shel Paya
    January 4, 2020

    Yogurt is mentioned in the Koran and the Bible. Not sour cream.


  9. Jeremy Anderson
    January 4, 2020

    Dietary fat is not bad news for weight watchers. Refined sugar is the far worse culprit there.


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