Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Powdered Coffee Creamer, anyone?

Everyone has seen the powdered coffee creamer in those plastic bottles. They are everywhere. Specially in office buildings. Right next to the coffee maker and maybe a box of fresh donuts.

Coffee-Mate I believe is the leading brand. I say that because that is the creamer I see most often in public places. Years ago it used to be Cremora. But I haven't seen them in a long time.

I travel on business quite frequently. On most major airlines I ask for milk with my tea. And I generally carry my own Equal tablets in their dispenser. So there is no problem with sweetening my tea. I use as little milk as possible in my tea when I am flying because it is most commonly either skim milk or the 2 per cent kind ....yes, the kind that is higher in carb content.

On shorter flights, when United or American Airlines uses sub-contractors, like Colgan Air or Shuttle America, there is never any milk on board. Those are the times I have my tea black or I don't have any tea at all. Its tough because I take very early flights quite a lot and tea is the best waker upper for me.

So what is my beef with Coffee-Mate powdered creamer or for that matter, any other kind of coffee creamers?

Here is a list of ingredients for Coffee-mate Powder, Hazelnut, Sugar-Free. I took it from the Amazon website.

Vegetable Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Coconut or Palm Kernel and Canola, Hydrogenated Palm, Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Safflower), Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate (A Milk Derivative), Dipotassium Phosphate (Moderates Coffee Acidity), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Monoglycerides (Prevents Oil Separation), Salt, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sucralose, Datem, Acesulfame Potassium (Non-nutritive Sweetener), Yeast.

Pretty much the entire list has objectionable items for us diabetics.

But the worst offender is Corn Syrup Solids. Which can spike our blood sugars very fast. And yet this Coffee-mate powder is sold to us as being Sugar-Free. Amazing, isn't it?


  1. It's not sold as "Sugar-free" just "Fat-free."

  2. No It is sold as "sugar Free" and then thet also have fat free.

  3. For the longest I wandered why my blood glucose would spike after drinking coffee and all the while it was the creamer I used . After reading the ingredience I understood that it was the corn syrup in the creamer that was causing my problems. It says fat free and lactose free but corn syrup is a form of starch and that's not good for diabetics. Lesson learned.

  4. I had not eaten, and had taken my metformin. Drank coffee w/"sugar free" and splenda. Latter I decided to test my B/S and it was 335! After looking for some advice on what to do about this scary B/S #, I found a good walk would lower it. so i walked the dog and shaved 75 am a coffee junkie, I like it sweet & creamy now I have to find a new source of creamer,like half n half or something?

  5. Half half also has corn syrup. I also used to
    Like that powder creamer and also tried half and half
    But it gives the bad effects.

  6. I love my coffee and I have to have creamer in it. I have been thinking of using nonfat dry milk instead of the creamer. Any thoughts on that?

  7. i've been recently diagnosed with type 2..and this article was very informative..thank you!

  8. silk unsweetened almond milk 30 cal and davinci zero calorie syrups it's liquid gold trust me i tried all kinds of stuff and this work's i'm type 2 and never been on med's doc say's it's like i don't even have type 2 but losing 95 lbs helped alot too

  9. both my husband and I are type 2. his is better controled. we both like coffee mate in our coffee in the am. we allow ourselves two cups with two teas. of coffee mate. last week he started taking his sugar after drinking his coffee. amazing jumped 100 points. today mine did too. so will try the almond milk

  10. We are not talking about fat free.
    We are talking about sugar free.
    Coffee-Mate sugar free has the exact
    same corn syrup solids as the non
    sugar free. To label it sugar free is
    a disgrace.

    1. I just found out I have type 2, this forum has been really helpful, thank you

    2. its so hard being diabetic and watching everything i eat and drink,plus im disabled ugh,its hsrd to exercise, there is ALWAYS a hidden ingredient that can harm me i drink cofdee and like it light and sweet,i tried so many variations but it seems i get so tired right after drinking my coffee anyone have any ideas what i can do about my coffee problem,thanks