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Cream in my coffee and why I can’t win for trying

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Years ago, I would drink my coffee black as night.  Heck, it was probably only when I started getting hooked on McDonald’s iced coffees a couple of years ago that I even considered putting cream in my coffee.  Now that we make our own iced coffees at home, I’m definitely a fan of creamer.

Hazelnut flavored to be specific.

Prior to trying the South Beach Diet, I was drinking your regular old Fat Free Hazelnut creamer.  A non-dairy product.  Can’t remember for sure, but I thought the carbs in that were higher than in the regular (non fat-free) variety.  I think that was the reason that I decided to try a new way to flavor my coffee – sugar-free (you guessed it, hazelnut) syrup and fat free half & half.

After a while though, I longed for the more genuinely hazelnutty flavor of my ready-made creamer.  I was excited when I discovered the Sugar-Free Hazelnut creamer.  Hooray!  I thought I had finally achieved a good balance between something yummy tasting and relatively low carb.

Then, I read an article somewhere online about the hidden places where you’ll find trans fats.  Guess what?  Non-dairy coffee creamer is one of them!  Granted, most have less than 0.5 g per serving, so they don’t have to list it on the label.  But, since I usually had 2 servings in the morning and would sometimes have another 2 for an evening coffee treat, I thought it was worth looking into.  Sure enough when I read the label, trans fats were not listed.  So I checked the ingredients.  Third item on the list is PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL.  Shit.

So, I figured it was back to my trusty fat free half & half and sugar-free hazelnut syrup.  Only the other day, I just happened to gaze at the label and noticed this item – I think it might be second in the ingredients list: HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.

Seriously?  Double Shit.

So now I’m in a pickle.  I wonder exactly how many grams of trans fats are in the non-dairy creamer.  Probably regardless, it would be better if I didn’t make it a part of my daily intake.  So for now, I’m sticking with the fat free half & half.  I also thought I might give some 1% milk a try too.  I don’t really put a lot in, so I’m thinking I might not even notice the difference

Have you ever switched from a food that wasn’t good for you to one that you thought was better, only to find out in the end that one wasn’t so great either?

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  1. rockafellaskank
    January 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Yep… I started eating Greek Yoghurt a few years ago, only to discover it was full of sugar and high in calories. (Still yummy though!)

    Deb

  2. January 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Oh no…guess what I picked up at the store the other day? A container of Greek yogurt! I’m going to have to go look at it – I thought it was an ingredient in this low-carb shake I wanted to try, so I hope it is not too high in sugar. It is the plain variety so maybe that makes a difference.

  3. January 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Working nights I used to love my coffee and coffee creamer. The girls and I would alternate bringing delicious flavored creamers until I realized how full of artificial ingredients they were. I have switched to tea for the most part and on occasion enjoy a cup of coffee. Coffee Mate Natural Bliss creamers are not bad in the ingredient department. However, they don’t make hazelnut. I now use soy creamer when I do drink coffee. Silk does make a hazelnut flavored creamer. A quick google search also led me to this post http://deliciouslyorganic.net/homemade-coffee-creamer/ which might be helpful.

    I have been really label conscious lately especially buying snacks for my son. It is so disheartening to find so many products with HFCS amongst other “bad” ingredients. I don’t freak out if he has something here and there but overall I strive for less of the processed foods and more of the natural. It’s a challenge though.

    • January 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks for the link Aimee – I might have to give that, or the natural bliss creamer a try. Reading labels can be really disheartening, I agree! Especially on those things that you think are *supposed* to be healthy (or at least not awful).

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