Cool Whip is made with hydrogenated oil, and lots of it. I'm not one to get all freaked out about the drop or two of hydrogenated oil in a jar of peanut butter or a loaf of bread, but hydrogenated oil is the base ingredient of regular Cool Whip. I decided it's not something I'm going to eat when there are easy alternatives. I also find that I don't use quite as much of the Reddi Wip-- I could sit down with a tub of Cool Whip and a spoon and it would all be gone before I knew what I was doing. That doesn't happen with the canned stuff.
Basically, if you love Cool Whip beyond all measure and you only eat it once a year, don't worry about it. If you're looking for something to have on hand and eat frequently, though, find something without the word "hydrogenated" on the ingredient label. (Cool Whip also has high fructose corn syrup; I don't consider that worse than regular sugar, but a lot of people do.) If money's not tight for you, besides the Reddi Wip there are several vegan/health-food versions of frozen whipped topping in a tub that might taste/feel more like Cool Whip.
As for the calorie density, real whipped cream usually has 45-55 calories in a 2 T serving while Cool Whip only has 25. But most people use far less of the real thing than of Cool Whip, so it probably works out fairly evenly.
You can, with the right equipment, make your own whipped skim milk. You need a stick blender with a whip attachment, or a canister with the little gas cartridges like they used in the 50s to make soda for cocktails. If the skim milk is very, very cold, it will whip up like cream, but you have to use it immediately. (I haven't tried it, but adding a little protein powder to the milk might help it stay whipped longer.) That's a lot of work, though. The stuff in a can is certainly easier.
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11/11/09 10:17 P
I don't understand what you mean by "more calorie dense". If 2 tbsp of Cool Whip is 15 Calories... and 2 tbsp of whipped cream is 15 Calories... it's the same "Calorie density", right?
So... no... it's the same except one is made of oil and sweetener and the other is made of cream and sugar.
I love Cool Whip. I use it on SF pudding, jello, etc. and mix it with PB and put it between 2 graham crackers for a great snack.
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655 11/11/09 3:03 P
For me, it's a taste preference more than anything. For some reason, I just can't stand the taste of Reddi Whip, so on occasion, I use a bit of the Cool Whip in the spray can.
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11/11/09 2:53 P
Also, I was at the grocery store the other day trying to decide which to get, and it turns out the fat-free cool whip (in the can) has twice as many calories as the reddiwhip (in the can) in the same amount.
Personally, I prefer the taste of cool whip. It's something I have occasionally. Have started enjoying fruit more than sweets.
11/11/09 1:00 P
Real is better than fake... I use Reddi-Wip.
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11/11/09 12:54 P
I think cool whip tastes kind of gross. Real whipped cream is best, in my opinion, because it tastes good and has ingredients you can prounce: cream and sugar.
Cool Whip is made of oil and nutritionally is the same as whipped cream (15 Calories per tablespoon, etc.)
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693 11/11/09 12:50 P
Which one is better for dieting purposes? I used to think that fat-free cool whip was the clear winner but then I read somewhere that it's pretty junky at that fat-free rediwhip is a better choice health-wise. Is there really that big of a difference between the two that I should be choosing one over the other?
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