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You Ask, I Answer: Coffee Creamer

CMP_16FVanilla_StkPkWhat’s the truth about dried coffee creamer?  A co-worker told me that it’s basically processed lard, and I’m considering switching to green tea.

I only drink a third cup of coffee a day, add no sugar, but must have some creamer.  My company provides free “coffee-mate,” so I add two packets of that.

On the weekends, I instead have a full cup of green tea with a teaspoon of honey.

Which is better?  Should I forgo coffee at the office, and make my own green tea instead?

— Edrie (Last name withheld)
(Location Unknown)

Your friend isn’t telling you a very accurate story.  Coffeemate is basically sugar and plant oils mixed with some stabilizers — far from lard.

That is not to say it is healthy or minimally processed, but referring to it as “processed lard” is silly.

Just keep in mind that each packet of Coffeemate provides 14 grams of sugar (a little more than a tablespoon) and 20% of a day’s worth of saturated fat.  That twenty percent is quite high considering it’s in a 120-calorie package (if a 700 calorie meal offered that same amount of saturated fat, it wouldn’t be that alarming).

Rather than thinking about forgoing coffee and replacing it with green tea, why not have green tea three times during the week and coffee the other two?

While you’re at it, see how you like your coffee with one packet.  I have a feeling it wouldn’t be a tough transition for you, since you sweeten your weekend tea with one teaspoon of honey (roughly half of the sweetness you get in a packet of Coffeemate).

This way, you are still enjoying something you like a few times a week!



  1. Rachelle said on September 30th, 2009

    I keep a container of skim milk powder in my office to use in coffee. It’s not creamy like what you’re using, but much healthier.

  2. Andy Bellatti said on September 30th, 2009

    That’s a great idea, Rachelle. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Edrie said on October 22nd, 2009

    Thank you, Andy — wow, I had no idea the creamer has so much saturated fat! The individual packets that we get do not provide any nutritional data.

    I came down with the flu immediately following this post. And easily kicked my coffee habit! It’s green tea for me now… exclusively. And I have less general anxiety now, too.

    Thanks again for the reply, and for this excellent blog. The information is truly life saving. :)

  4. admin said on October 22nd, 2009

    My pleasure, Edrie. Thank you for the kind words and support.

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