This article originally appeared on Live in the Now.
What exactly is coffee creamer?
Well, unless it’s your standard organic half and half or milk, it might be an unwholesome mix of trans fats, processed sugar, corn syrup and harmful chemicals.
When coffee creamers entered the marketplace during the 1950s, they were simply a mixture of cream and sugar. However, today’s creamers bear no resemblance to cream. Like all products designed to be substitutions for a real food, they are full of processed and synthetic ingredients that pose health risks.
Here is what you are putting in your body when you use creamers.
It Likely Contains Partially Hydrogenated Oils
After you ingest the high levels of trans fats contained within partially hydrogenated oils, they are incorporated into the cells. But instead of performing the normal cell functions of fat that include allowing in nutrients and keeping out foreign material, the hydrogenated cells do just the opposite — they keep out nutrients and allow in foreign material. This malfunction leads to many ills such as impaired immunity and sexual dysfunction, along with increased risk of heart attack, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis and cancer.
Most Creamers Come Full of Processed Sugar
Scientists are finding more and more that sugar produces an array of adverse health effects. It feeds cancer cells, depletes minerals and damages the heart, as well as boosts weight gain and fosters premature aging.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is Likely in the Mix
Contrary to claims that HFCS is no more harmful that sugar, it is actually worse because it is mainly metabolized by the liver. In fact, large quantities of it strain and damage the organ just like alcohol does. The liver metabolizes HFCS into fat, and fat storage leads to obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Sodium Aluminosilicate is Added to Most Brands
Sodium aluminosilicate is added to creamers to prevent them from caking, but it can become flammable when dispersed. While the small amount in a teaspoon of creamer won’t ignite a fire inside the body, it can cause other problems. When the chemical combines with the flavoring agent maltol, it can easily get through the blood brain barrier. Other effects of this combination include renal failure, liver disease and constipation.
Sodium Caseinate Found in Most Creamers Can Compromise Nutrient Absorption
A whitening agent used in paints and plastics, sodium caseinate is linked to autoimmune disorders, neurological conditions and allergies. In addition, it is usually treated with sodium hydroxate, an agent that suppresses nutrient absorption.
Dipotassium Phosphate in Most Creamers May Be Causing Your Tummy Trouble
Added to prevent coagulation, dipotassium phosphate is also used in cosmetics and fertilizers. It can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, weakness, pneumonia and acute renal failure.
The “Natural Flavors” are Hardly Natural
Not all flavors labeled as “natural” are necessarily wholesome. Monosodium glutamate can be labeled that way, but it causes brain dysfunction, which can produce or worsen conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and learning disabilities. Another natural additive is castoreum, an agent that imparts a vanilla-like flavor, but it is extracted from the anal gland secretions of beavers.
Studies show a link between coffee and many health benefits, but the harmful actions of creamers and artificial sweeteners limit its therapeutic value.