Is Your Coffee Creamer Making Your Pain Worse?

Surprise—most store-bought coffee creamers aren't actually made with cream. Instead, they get their rich, velvety mouthfeel from thickening agents and emulsifiers like carrageenan, a thickener thought to cause inflammation and digestive problems. 

Other common ingredients, while generally considered safe, are just plain gross. Cellulose gel and cellulose gum are fillers derived from wood pulp or cotton. Polysorbate 60 is a sugar alcohol-derived emulsifier that's used to keep water and oil from separating in conventional cosmetics. Do you really want to be drinking that stuff on a daily basis?


That comforting caramel, hazelnut, or mocha aroma that makes waking up at the crack of dawn slightly more bearable? Sure, it could be derived from natural sources. But chances are, the tantalizing smell—and flavor—is completely, 100% fake

That's bad news if you're trying to eat cleaner. Artificial flavors can make processed foods taste bolder and more flavorful than their unprocessed counterparts, say experts at the Environmental Working Group. And when you're used to that kind of in-your-face taste, simple, unprocessed foods can seem pretty bland by comparison.  


Thickeners alone can't make a cream-free liquid taste luxuriously creamy, which is where partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats, come in. These highly processed fats are downright dangerous, raising levels of bad cholesterol, and put you at higher risk for heart disease. That's why most experts say you should avoid them completely. Even in your coffee. 

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