If you like coffee, you might have a favourite creamer that adds flavour and creaminess to your morning brew.
Although coffee creamers are tasty, many people choose to avoid them since they are high in added sugar and contain components including high fructose corn syrup, oils, and carrageenan, as well as artificial flavours, sweeteners, and colours.
For example, each 1-tablespoon (15-mL) serving of International Delight and Coffee Mate vanilla-flavored creamers contains 5 grammes of added sugar (1, 2).
The average person consumes far more than the suggested serving size. As a result, if you consume just 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of these creamers in your coffee, you might be eating 10 grammes — or 2.5 teaspoons — of added sugar.
Because a high consumption of added sugar is connected to an increased risk of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, depressive symptoms, and other bad effects, it’s preferable to avoid it as much as possible – including in your coffee creamer (3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).
Fortunately, making your own coffee creamer is simple. There are also a variety of sugar-free or low-sugar readymade coffee creamers available.
Here are nine healthier alternatives to coffee creamer.