The Ingredient to Avoid At All Costs..

We all know the obvious foods to avoid.. donuts, fried foods etc.  We avoid them (most of the time at least) because they are high in saturated fats.  But I have learned that the list doesn’t stop there.  There is an ominous ingredient lurking in a huge amount of foods that does not belong in our bodies.  Foods such as crackers, popcorn, cookies, chips and worst of all (if you are me) my delicious flavored coffee creamers.  As a mom of two young girls I enjoy my morning coffee immensely.. and what’s more, I adore flavored coffee creamer.  This is why I was so unhappy to discover the presence of this ingredient in my Coffee Mate.

Partially hydrogenated soybean oil.

This processed oil is utilized in hundreds if not thousands of foods.  This is because it is cheaply made (commercial food brands love cheap, right?) and it has a long shelf life.

What is it?  Partially hydrogenated oil is the term used to describe oils that have been heated and treated with hydrogen.  This process is harmful because it transforms simple fatty acids into this semi solid modified fat that is no longer metabolized by our systems properly.

Just remember – the hydrogenation process transforms or saturates the fat, which equals trans or saturated fats.  Sound familiar?  Yes.. the same stuff that the American Heart Association has been warning me against ever since I can remember is in my coffee creamer.  The AHA has determined that the regular consumption of trans or saturated fats contributes to heart disease, artery thickening, high blood pressure and even the development of diabetes.

The good news is, there are plenty of other options out there. You just have to know what to look for in the label.   Soy Delicious offers a non GMO coffee creamer that is pretty tasty.  As always, check  ALL labels before you purchase or consume them.  So be aware, go pick up some new creamer today, and and keep on sipping!

If anyone has a suggestion of a hydrogenated oil free creamer, please comment below!

To learn more go to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogenation

Cassiopia

** Married mommy of two beautiful girls , residing in San Diego. Practice manager/Veterinary nurse working in the field for 11 years.

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5 Responses

  1. Jenna says:

    Thank you so much for this information!!! We are highly addicted to our coffee mate and have been searching for an alternative becausecif Cams milk protein allergy. (Coffee mate has a milk derivative in it). So I have beenusing so delicious ccoconut creamer with the liquid pump vanilla stuff they use in coffee shops.. But I am pretty sure that stuff isn’t so great either 🙁 still searching!

    • admin says:

      You are so welcome Jenna! Sounds like you have a pretty good solution 🙂 Are you referring to the vanilla syrup they add to lattes etc? As long as its not the sugar free variety (typically containing those pesky artificial sweeteners) it should be fine to add a few drops to your coconut milk.. Just be sure its not sweetened with high fructose corn syrup either.. I will do some more research and get back to you!

  2. Tiffany says:

    There are some great recipes online for making your own flavored creamers at home. I’m going to try to make Strudel flavored creamer this weekend…for this very reason!

    • admin says:

      Perfect Tiffany! Do you want to share the recipe? If so I will post it. If not I will have a look around and find a good one to share. Thank you for the recommendation, great idea!

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