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Love it, Like it, Hate it: Coffee Creamers

Coffee is packed with antioxidants, and is linked to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and several recent studies report that coffee drinkers may even live longer, as well.  Plus it gives us that much-needed energy boost, as well. But what we put in our coffee can make it or break it nutritionally speaking, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst of coffee creamers on shelves.

 

Love it!

Half and half. Just milk & cream, it has just 20 calories and 1 gram saturated fat per tablespoon.  There’s nothing artificial; no added sugars.

Whole Foods 365 Organic Coffee Creamer (Original).  It’s mostly milk and soybean oil, with 10 calories, 0 saturated fat, and less than one gram sugar.

Like it!

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (Original).  Just 10 calories and one gram of sugar per tablespoon, and the ingredients are simple with mostly just coconut milk, though it does contain added sugar in the form of dried cane syrup.

Fat-free Half and Half.  Made with skim milk and cream, though the second ingredient is corn syrup.  But just 10 calories and one gram of sugar per tablespoon is still a great deal.

Sugar-Free Flavored Creamers (any brand).  Just 15 calories, 0 saturated fat and 0 sugar per tablespoon, though the ingredients are anything but natural (corn syrup solids, along with artificial sweeteners).  But for those who like flavored coffee and use just a tablespoon or two, this isn’t a bad bet.

Hate it!

Nestle Coffee-Mate Original, Fat Free.   The nutrition facts don’t look that bad, but that’s because the serving size is one teaspoon.  But per tablespoon, it has more like 30 calories that are mostly sugars and saturated fat, since the first ingredients are corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated oils, and sugar.

Fat-Free Flavored Creamers (any brand).  With 25 calories and 5 grams of sugar in every tablespoon, a couple of cups of coffee can easily pack in more than a day’s upper limit of added sugar!


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