What’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)
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!