Healthiest And Unhealthiest Creamers

To cream or not to cream— that is the question.


For some, creaming your coffee is simply a sin.  That anything added takes away from that wonderful flavor and aroma. If the thought of black coffee makes your teeth ache, there are other options — you can add sugar, a flavoring such as cinnamon, or a creamer. Thanks to the variety of creamers available, and their incredible taste, creamer tends to be the most popular among the choices. But sometimes, that flavor comes at a caloric cost.


If you’re looking to avoid creamers altogether, you can also just go with the classic and add straight cream, half-and-half, or whole milk. However, if you’re hung up on the idea of a sweet, condensed creamer and can’t imagine your morning cup without them, you should probably know which are the best and worst for your health. I’ve examined some of the most popular creamers on the market and ranked them from most caloric and sugary to the least.


Well played, Dunkin’. If you’re buying a creamer with this level of excess advertised on the label, you’re probably not trying to limit your fat and sugar. But if you are, I’m here to tell you that this is not your best choice. With 40 calories and 6 grams of sugar per tablespoon, you’re going to want to pour this dessert-like creamer lightly. International Delight offers creamers inspired by  Reese’s, Hershey’s, and Almond Joy. It’s no surprise these confections aren’t exactly good for you — they’re certainly not health foods. They are, however, delicious, and they do make for a creamy sweet coffee beverage. But even so, each tablespoon has around 6 grams of sugar and 35 calories. A little bit goes a long way.


Like International Delight, Coffee-Mate gets creative with their creamers. They’re constantly rotating their options and adding seasonal flavors to their arsenal of sweet creamers. But the ones most consistently on the shelves include, Crème Brulée, Hazelnut, Caramel Macchiato, and Italian Sweet Cream. They all have similar nutritional profiles, racking up 35 calories and 5 grams of sugar per tablespoon. Cream lightly.


Article credit: The Daily Meal

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