Powdered coffee creamer is a product many people use on a regular basis, if not a daily basis. While particularly popular in workplaces where buying and storing traditional products like half-and-half or milk would be difficult, powdered coffee creamer can also be found in coffee shops, hotels and many other places. Powdered coffee creamer may be convenient, but it is not particularly healthy. If you are going to use it or make the decision to avoid it, you should know what’s in it.
Corn Syrup Solids
To make corn syrup solids, kernels of corn are transformed into corn starch and then chemically treated with hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid, while sometimes used in food production, is a highly corrosive chemical that is also used in the production of plastics and metals. Once processed, the liquid mixture is left to set and turn into crystals, resulting in corn syrup solids that give powdered coffee creamer a sweet taste that works to mimic the natural sugars found in traditional half-and-half or milk.
One of the manmade chemicals found in powdered coffee creamer, Aluminosilicate, is made by mixing aluminum, silicone, sodium and oxygen. This ingredient known as an anticaking agent, works to keep the powdered coffee creamer mixture from sticking together. However, aluminum has been linked to central nervous system problems though the amount used in powdered coffee creamer is relatively small.
Powdered creamers also come in flavors such as vanilla or hazelnut. These creamers usually list sugar as the main ingredient with oil as the second. These creamers provide approximately 60 calories and 7 grams of sugar per serving.
Casein is a milk-derived protein commonly found in nondairy creamers to help provide the natural taste of milk. While casein is healthy and can be taken as a supplement, it can be problematic for people who are allergic or sensitive to dairy products and are using powdered coffee creamer as an alternative. If you have an allergy to milk, always check the ingredients list on powdered coffee creamer to make sure it does not contain casein or any other milk-derived ingredients.
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