I am a coffee addict, and have been for a long time. I don’t mind Dunks, but I love Starbucks. Love! A few months ago I got off the “Venti Iced Mocha” train when I realized how much sugar I was mindlessly consuming (40 grams for a “bitter” drink is INSANE). I switched to drinking plain iced coffee, or iced “red eye’s” (coffee w/ one shot of espresso). I tried skim milk in my coffee, and found it undrinkable. I tried 1%, 2% and whole milks but didn’t like the taste of any of those either. I finally settled on half+half with one limit: it had to be organic. Have you ever looked to see what it’s the milk/cream you add to your coffee?
I have seen someone at work who uses powdered cream/packets like this:
SUGAR, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (MAY CONTAIN COCONUT AND/OR PALM OIL), GLUCOSE SYRUP, SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE), DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, FLAVOUR AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR, MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, SALT, ACETYLATED TARTARIC ACID ESTERS OF MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDE.
Not only is SUGAR the first ingredient (meaning it has the highest percentage), but why oh why is there VEGETABLE OIL in coffee creamer?!?! Yeck!! If you’re using this in your coffee, please stop now! 🙂
Next I checked out fat-free creams (I used to love the flavored ones years ago, but I don’t like the added corn syrup/sugar). I bought this one:
FAT FREE MILK, CORN SYRUP, CREAM*, ARTIFICAL COLOR**, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM* AND VITAMIN A PALMITATE
WTF?! Why is there corn syrup in this cream too?!!? Sheesh!
Fast forward to last weekend where I found out Richardson’s dairy in Middleton sells bottles of half and half and milk! Amazing. This is from the cows, into a bottle.(Their ice cream and fro yo are amazing too and their slogan is “Cow to Cone!”). I was shocked to find out it was cheaper than half and half in the grocery store at $2.96 for a half-gallon. Since I’m sharing with a household it will last about 10 days. Good deal!
So, I am taking my coffee w/ organic half and half from Richardson’s and 2 sugars. Before you say it – let me justify my decision to have sugar in my coffee.
I have tried Truvia, the after taste is completely disgusting. It might come from a plant…but well, it still tastes like a plant! I’ve tried Stevia and even though I know it’s all-natural, there is something very “fake” tasting about it. I’ve also tried NutraSweet, Sweet & Low and Splenda. Out of the 3, Splenda has the best taste, but I still won’t use it. I have this thing (and I’m not doctor or expert as you guys know), but what is the long-term effect of using a chemical sweetener? Has there been any study done about how these sugar alcohols affect humans?
A quick Google search yielded the following:
Splenda is different from other sweeteners in that it claims to be ‘made from sugar,’ and ‘natural,’ because Splenda is the trade name for sucralose. Sucralose is a synthetic compound, which — without going into too much scientific detail –is basically sugar modified by adding chlorine atoms. Sucralose, incidentally, was discovered in the 1970s by researchers looking to create a new pesticide. Chlorine is added to many products – drinking water, for example – and does not necessarily render the product dangerous. On the other hand, you are ingesting chlorine, which is not advised in large amounts.
The results of the tests done by Splenda’s manufacturers, McNeil Nutritionals, are also quite worrisome. Their studies revealed that test rodents suffered from dangerous side effects such as shrunken thymus glands, and enlarged livers and kidneys … and there were only short-term studies. No long-term studies were performed before Splenda was approved by the FDA. One could say that the long-term study is being conducted in households and supermarkets across America, with consumers as the test rodents.
Now, call me crazy but I want caffeine not CHLORINE with my breakfast! So, I will continue using 2 sugars and maybe eventually I will be able to drink my coffee with just half + half. Until then, I’m perfectly OK with sugar in moderation.
Time for the coffee poll!