It has often been a puzzle to me that it is hard to find cream (heavy or whipping) that is not adulterated (as I see it) with carragean or guar gum or... In a general way I tend to not associate gum and thickeners with the best quality food products, and cream seems like a pretty basic item that might not need to be improved upon by the food sciences industry.
So the question(s) is (are) - do we really need this stuff in our cream? Is there better cream available that does not have this stuff in it? I used to be able to get some at a local store but now it is gone away.