Many people enjoy the taste and aroma of a cup of coffee, and some are also quite aware of the risks and benefits of taking this popular beverage.
Coffee and cream
But people who don’t take their coffee black and would rather splash on some creamer into their drink may not know that they may be negating its positive health effects. Coffee and cream
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and it is the only stimulant drug that is available over the counter, and can be taken as much as anybody wants.
The benefits of taking one or two cups of it a day are known to many, and these include lowering the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, asthma, gallstones, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer and possibly colon cancer.
For people who don’t take their coffee black, a creamer adds texture and flavour to their drink.
This comes in liquid or powdered form, and in flavours like French vanilla, hazelnut, Irish cream or mocha.
Risks of using coffee creamer
Aside from adding some sugar to your coffee, using a coffee creamer can increase the calories, sugar and fat content of your favourite drink.
Coffee creamers vary in the amount of calories, saturated fat, trans-fats and sugar they contain.
If you take a tall mug or take an extra serving of coffee, chances are you are piling on the fat and sugar into your body as well.
Tips for buying coffee creamers
To know what you are actually adding to your cup of coffee and make sure you are consuming a healthy beverage with all its potential benefits, it is best to read product labels before buying.
Liquid creamers are usually made of real cream and contain cholesterol-raising saturated fat per one tablespoon.
Non dairy creamers and imitation creamers also contain hydrogenated vegetable oils that harbour saturated fats.
Try to buy fat-free coffee whiteners which are devoid of trans-fats and saturated fats.
Take care however, in using these because they may also contain sugar from ingredients like glucose and corn syrup.
Things to know
Be wary about how much creamer you use per cup of coffee.
Read labels for serving size and calories on the Nutrition Facts panel.
Measure out the exact amount of one serving size which may vary in the amount of calories and fat it contains, depending on the brand of coffee creamer.
For example, a teaspoon of Coffee Mate Original added to a cup of coffee delivers only 15 calories.
But one serving size (one tablespoon) of Coffee Mate French Vanilla powdered whitener adds 60 calories and two teaspoons of sugar to your coffee.
If you like flavoured creamers, try to limit yourself to one mug of coffee per day.