I am a HUGE coffee lover but I am not a fan of all the products on the market made for coffee. Popular coffee creamers found in the store contain high amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and trans fat. Take cream and sugar? I would skip adding artificial sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose), Equal (aspartame), NutraSweet (aspartame), and Sweet’ N Low (saccharin). Recent studies show that these chemically modifies sweeteners may be doing more harm to the body than good. Stevia is a natural plant based sweetener that can be used in place of those little pink and blue artificial sweetener packets.
As for creamers, there are numerous commercial creamers on the market and so many flavors to choose from. Flavors include Girl Scout Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Vanilla Caramel, Amaretto, Creamy Chocolate and many more. While these products market to coffee lovers everywhere, there are much better and natural alternatives. Organic coconut milk or heavy whipping cream (without carrageenan) are great to add to your coffee and do not contain all of the, for lack of a better word, crap you find in these other creamers. You can even try tossing some coconut oil with your coffee in a blender!
It’s important to read the nutrition label when choosing products in the store. The longer the ingredient list and the more ingredients you do not recognize or cannot pronounce, chances are that product is far from natural and therefore not a good choice. When reading food labels you need to do some detective work. Be sure to watch out for hidden sugar often labeled as; corn syrup, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, maltose and malt syrup to name a few.
See cellulose gum on that lengthy list? This is a man made thickening agent also commonly found in shampoos, make-up, and shaving gels. It can stabilize proteins in foods and add texture and thickness while also adding sweetness. Sounds appetizing right? While the form added to many foods has been labeled “generally safe for human consumption but subject to limitations in some foods”, it’s not something I would want to consume that much of. The body does not have the ability to breakdown cellulose gum and it therefore passes directly through the digestive tract. Some products will even deceptively include it as part of the dietary fiber content even thought the body cannot absorb it.
Spice it Up!
In addition to coconut milk or heavy cream, you can even add natural spices to your coffee such as cinnamon or pumpkin spice to naturally boost the taste of your coffee! Like french vanilla coffee creamer? Pure vanilla extract is a more natural way to sweeten your coffee. When in doubt, choose REAL food!