Why I Stopped Using Coffee Creamer
There is more of a moral, or lesson, to this story than just why I stopped using coffee creamer. If you make it to the end, you'll find out.
Most of you know that coffee creamers are awful, but they make a cup of bitter black coffee so much better. And, in my opinion, are addicting as well. Maybe it's the sugar or one of the other ingredients included that I have no idea what it is, but I was hooked on it for years.
Not too long ago I decided I wasn't going to continue spending money on this liquid death even if it was 2 for 1 every time I went to the grocery store. I started calculating the calorie cost as well. Every tablespoon was 35 calories (of sugar and fat) and I'm pretty sure I put more than one tablespoon in each of the cups of coffee I had.
This was difficult for me and even more difficult for my wife. She didn't understand how I could ruin our morning coffee experience.
After all. look at the marketing piece on Coffe-Mate French Vanilla Coffee, It says words like, "is the perfect way to create a delicious cup of creamy vanilla perfection" or "just the right amount of bright vanilla notes for a taste that's simply beyond compare", or "you create your perfect cup every time by adding just the right amount of flavor."
A little more research and my case was 100% settled. First of all, look at the ingredients: Water, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (High Oleic Soybean and/or High Oleic Canola), and Less than 2% of Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)**, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gel, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan **Not a source of lactose.
As you may know, the ingredients that come first on the list are what it's mostly derived from: Water, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (High Oleic Soybean and/or High Oleic Canola). Hmmm, Sounds awful. High Oleic Soybean Oil is the food industry's latest replacement for partially hydrogenated that contained high levels of trans fats. But the health benefits are really no greater, just packaged differently.
Besides missing the sugary and oily residue of my morning coffee, it's definitely one of the best health decisions I've ever made (duh). I've since switched to almond milk and my wife to so-delicious coconut creamer. When speaking to people about nutrition and changing their diet I always tell them, there is something you need to give up completely and something that you can modify that will impact your health immediately. Mine was giving up coffee creamer completely. I would suggest you try and find the answer for you as well.