I have talked about this subject several times. I think that coffee creamer is one of the worst things to put into your body. The problem is that many people rely on coffee to get them through the morning or through the day. With a cup of coffee comes a teaspoon or two of creamer. The creamer is made to stay on the shelves or in the refrigerator for several weeks or even months. The creamer is filled with ingredients that are not necessarily healthy for the body if used on a daily basis. When looking at the label it looks pretty harmless. Most creamers say they are low-fat, no fat or no trans fat. They claim to have no carbs, cholesterol, sodium, sugar or protein. However, that is for the serving size.
Let’s take a look……
Original coffee mate creamer label
Serving size 1 teaspoon (measuring teaspoon not your favorite teaspoon at home)
- Calories 10
- Total fat 0.5 grams
- saturated fat 0.5 grams
- trans fat 0
- cholesterol 0
- Sodium 0
- Carbohydrates 1 gram
- sugar 0
- protein 0
Looks pretty harmless. It has O on most nutrients on the label.
Let’s look at the ingredient list:
Corn syrup solids, vegetable oil, (partially hydrogenated coconut or palm kernel, hydrogenated soybean oils), sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, mono and diglycerides, sodium alumunosilicate, artificial flavor, annatto color.
Corn syrup solids: syrup made from corn starch, composed mainly of glucose (sugar), used mostly in commercial products as a thickener.
Partially hydrogenated coconut or palm kernel, hydrogenated soybean oil: Also known as TRANS fat. Triglyceride based vegetable oils. They heat the oil to a higher temperature which makes the oil more dense and cheaper to use. Trans interfere with metabolic processes in the body. They can directly raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The law states that a label can put 0 grams of trans fat as long as it has 0.5 grams or less trans fat per serving.
In other words; if 1 teaspoon of creamer has 0.4 grams trans fat, but you use 4 teaspoons in your coffee, you are actually getting over 1 gram of trans fat.
The most trans fat a person should get a day is 2 grams trans fat. Therefore, if you have 2 cups of coffee with 3 teaspoons of coffee creamer in each cup, you have consumed over 2 grams of trans fat for the day, just in coffee creamer.
Sodium Caseinate (milk derivative): Milk protein. This is confusing because most coffee creamer state that it is dairy free. But if it has caseinate it is a derivative of milk. According to many studies sodium caseinate also contains MSG, a type of additive that can be addictive.
Dipotassium phosphate: phosphoric acid and dipotassium salt: Used as a fertilizer and food additive. Source of potassium and phosphorus. Caution people with renal (kidney) issues.
Phosphoric acid has been shown to require calcium to be absorbed. I recommend people with osteoporosis or at risk for osteoporosis to avoid phosphoric acid.
Mono and diglycerides: water and oil blended together (another form of fat)
Sodium aluminosilicate: Another additive made up of aluminium, silicon and oxygen. Wow that sounds healthy – not!!!
Artificial flavor: A flavorist makes up the flavor using a chemical palette to create a chemical flavor. (more chemicals)
Annatto color: Red food coloring
As you can see, coffee creamers are full of additives. It is best if you can use milk, sugar (or splenda) and a vanilla extract for flavor. These creamers are clearly full of fats, sugars and sodium. Please take caution when using these products.