Sour cream is full of surprises

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

The rich creaminess of sour cream is misleading. It tastes as though it has a zillion calories but in fact, two tablespoons of sour cream has fewer calories than a tablespoon of mayonnaise.

Sure, the percentage of fat is high, but the total amount isn’t. Consider that a serving of sour cream is two tablespoons. That provides just 52 calories — half the amount that’s in a single tablespoon of mayonnaise. And that is also less saturated fat than the amount contained in a 12-ounce glass of 2 percent milk.

If it still worries you to eat sour cream, use the reduced fat variety. Remember that it isn’t necessary to eliminate everything tasty from your diet to eat healthy. Moderation in all things is the key. So, enjoy these sour cream dishes and use good judgment when you cook as well as when you eat.