As creamer that contains no cream, Coffee Mate is very bad for you, especially in the long-term. The short-term taste enhancement it provides is simply not worth quite literally throwing your life away.
When a product's name is a lie, you know there is trouble. Coffee Mate creamer is used to take away the bitterness of a cup of coffee. However, as with other "creamers", there is no cream in Coffee Mate and many parts of the world require the product to be sold as "whitener." The list of ingredients in Coffee Mate look more like a poison cocktail than something people should regularly ingest: phosphoric acid, corn syrup solids, mono- and diglycerides, carrageenan, added sugar, and partially dehydrogenated vegetable oil.
Drinking Coffee Mate can lead to a host of negative effects from nausea, dizziness, and vomiting, to the more extreme cases of liver dysfunction and renal failure.
Many people choose Coffee Mate because of it being a "non-dairy creamer." What people often don't know is that Coffee Mate has trans fats and can contribute to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other complications that come from added sugars, partially hydrogenated oils, and corn syrup. While putting Coffee Mate in your coffee most likely will not affect you in the short-term, the potential cumulative damage done to your system is devastating. It is certainly no stretch to say that regular consumption of Coffee Mate very may well shorten your lifespan.
Another point to make about Coffee Mate is that unlike milk, it contains no nutritional value. For people worried about the fat content in milk - pouring a bit in your coffee is not enough to cause any damage. For the lactose intolerant who turn to non-dairy creamers like Coffee Mate, you have to ask yourselves - is improved taste more important than your overall health?
Possible short-term side effects
- blood sugar spike
Possible long-term side effects
- kidney failure diabetes
- cardiovascular disease
- heart attack
- renal failure
Ingredients to be aware of
- partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
- excess sugars
- corn syrup solids
- phosphoric acid
- mono- and diglycerides
- sodium aluminosilicate
- artificial colors
- artificial flavors
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Written by Jeff Volling | 12-28-2015 | Was this article unhelpful?
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