To cream or not to cream your coffee — that is the question. For some, creaming your coffee is simply a sin. Many believe that true coffee is best enjoyed black — that anything added takes away from that wonderful flavor and aroma.
If the thought of black coffee makes your teeth ache, on the other hand, simply add something — sugar, a flavoring such as cinnamon, or a creamer, either natural or concocted. Thanks to the variety of creamers available and the way they make coffee so smooth, creamer tends to be the most popular among these choices — but sometimes, it comes at a price to your well-being.
Healthy food sites such as Organic Authority, among others, are “down on creamer” — claiming that their fat count is high, their calories are astounding, and the added sugar many of them provide is unnecessary.
If you’re looking to avoid formulated commercial brands altogether, you can add almond or skim milk to your coffee — or cream, half-and-half, or whole milk. However, if you’re stuck on the flavors of concocted brands and can’t imagine your morning cup without them, you should probably know which are the best and worst for your health.
We’ve examined 10 of some of the most popular creamers on the market and taken a close look at what's in them. First, we will fill you in on the healthiest creamers around. Then, we will reveal the unhealthiest.
# 9 Walden Farms Original Creamer
Starting with the healthiest creamers — Walden Farms Original Creamer is at the top of our list. It is vegan and free from dairy, calories, sugar (it's sweetened with Splenda), fat, and gluten. Even if you decide to invest in a sugar free and fat free creamer, you still don’t have Walden Farms beat — and that's why it's the healthiest.
# 8 So Delicious Coconut Creamer
Transform your morning coffee with a spinoff of your average creamer: So Delicious Coconut Creamer. This “creamer” is soy-free and made using only non-GMO project verified coconuts. It has only 20 calories, 1 gram of sugar, and zero grams of fat in every tablespoon serving. Yes, you read that right, 0 grams of fat!