Lately, I have become mildly obsessed with researching what goes into my body. I still love coffee for all of its antioxidant powers, but have taken to drinking it black once I started reading the labels on those oh-so popular coffee creamers. Trust me, I used to pour too much coffee creamer into my coffee cup two to three times a day until realizing just what I was drinking. Now, I wouldn’t dream of touching creamer and I am about to explain why. To make sure we know what the hell we are talking about when I explain my creamer stance to a coworker, I decided to pick out one of the creamers in our office fridge and do some research for us all.
Coffee Mate French Vanilla Nutrition Facts [if it can be called nutrition]:
– There are 35 calories in just one tablespoon [and who ever uses just one tbsp?]
– The only ‘nutrition items’ listed in this creamer are: calories, fat, sodium and sugar.
– No Protein.
– One serving of this food is not a significant source of either Iron or Calcium. In addition, there is no Fiber.
– This food should not be considered a significant way to get Vitamin A or Vitamin C.
Just by reading the nutrition label alone you should be put off. You are receiving absolutely no nutritional benefits from putting this creamer in your coffee, you are just adding calories. Now let’s talk about the lovely
chemicals ingredients that make up this coffee creamer.
Coffee Mate French Vanilla Ingredients:
(Non-Dairy Product) Water, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Liquid Corn Syrup, Contains Less than 2% of Each of the Following: Sodium Caseinate, (Milk Derivative), (Sodium Caseinate Is Not A Source Of Lactose) Dipotassium Phosphate, Cocoa, (Processed withAlkali), Natural Flavors and Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Salt.
Let’s break the ingredients down into four parts:
1. Water, we are okay so far. The second ingredient is sugar – yuck. I also researched the ‘sugar free’ option of this creamer and it has the same ingredients so just because it claims to be ‘sugar free’ doesn’t mean they kept sugar out of the ingredients; it is just there in different ways [see #3].
2. Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil: Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been “transmogrified”, by high-heat processing of a free oil. In short, trans fats are poisons, just like arsenic or cyanide. They interfere with the metabolic processes of life by taking the place of a natural substance that performs a critical function.
But the worst part is that in the last stages of oil processing (or “refining”), the oil is literally steam distilled to remove its odor so it doesn’t smell. But a hydrogenated oil is much worse than rancid butter. So if it did smell, it would smell worse than the most rancid butter you’ve ever seen. So the next time you see “partially hydrogenated oil” on a label, think “rancid butter”. [excerpt from here]
3. Liquid Corn Syrup: Liquid corn sweeteners are food syrups composed mainly of glucose, which are made from the starch of corn, so more sugar for you. Disgusting.
4. Rule of healthy eating; If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what the hell it is – don’t eat it. This covers the other half of this creamer’s ingredients: Sodium Caseinate, (Milk Derivative), (Sodium Caseinate Is Not A Source Of Lactose) Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate. Read this article for a breakdown of what all this crap is and, just a preview, Dipotassium Phosphate is often used as a fertilizer. You are drinking fertilizer in your creamer.
I cringe thinking of how much of this shit I used to drink. So, after doing our research, we find out that this coffee creamer contains sugar, poison, fertilizer and a multitude of chemical ingredients you can’t pronounce and provides no nutritional value whatsoever. I think the argument is pretty clear that we all need to lighten up/remove coffee creamer from our daily diets.
For some healthy substitutes for creamer we like to use soy milk or almond milk, you can also use either of these to create ice cubes and put those in your coffee. If you drink dairy products you can use low fat milk instead of creamer. If you are extreme like me and Kristin sometimes we just drink our coffee black and add cinnamon to it. However you take your coffee going forward, let’s all make the decision together to stop pouring gross chemicals in it.