Love It, Like It, Hate It: Coffee Creamers

Last week we covered the best and worst sweeteners for coffee and tea, and several viewers requested coffee creamers, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on top picks and worst bets for coffee creamers on shelves!

 

Benefits of coffee: it’s 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

 

 

LOVE IT!

 

Half and half: Ingredients are just milk & cream. Nothing artificial, no added sugars.

Per tablespoon: 20 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 sugar

 

Whole Foods 365 Organic Coffee Creamer (Original/Plain): Ingredients include milk and soybean oil.

Per tablespoon: 10 calories, 0 saturated fat, <1 gram sugar.

 

 

LIKE IT!

 

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer (Original/Plain): Ingredients include coconut milk & dried cane syrup.

Per tablespoon: 10 calories, 0 saturated fat, 1 gram sugar

 

Silk Soy Creamer (Original/Plain): Ingredients include soymilk, palm oil, cane sugar, maltodextrin.

Per tablespoon: 15 calories, 0 saturated fat, <1 gram sugar

 

Fat-free Half and Half. Made with skim milk and cream, though the second ingredient is corn syrup.

Per tablespoon: 10 calories, 0 saturated fat, 1 gram sugar

 

 

HATE IT!

 

Flavored So Delicious Coconut Creamer & Flavored Soymilk Creamer – added sugar can add up quickly.

Per tablespoon: 20-25 calories, 0 saturated fat, 3-4 grams sugar

 

Community Coffee Lite Creamer, Regular Creamer, and Nestle Coffee-Mate Original, Fat Free.

Ingredients include corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated oils, and sugar.

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 of mostly sugars and saturated fat

Sugar-Free Flavored Creamers (any brand). Ingredients include corn syrup solids and artificial sweeteners.

Per tablespoon: 15 calories, 0 saturated fat and 0 sugar

 

Fat-Free Flavored Creamers (any brand). Ingredients include sugar, corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated oil.

Per tablespoon: 25 calories, 0 saturated fat, 5 grams of sugar

 

Non-Dairy Creamer: powder, liquid, and portion-control packets

Ingredients: corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated coconut oil, lactose….


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