confessions of a former coffee-mate addict

What would you rather put in your coffee: chemicals and pesticides, or almond milk and organic stevia sweetener?

I admit it, I used to go through a lot of liquid coffee-mate, and who could blame me?  It comes in so many delicious flavors, its almost…addicting.  But when you look at what you’re actually putting into your body, you many want to find an alternative.

Let’s look at the list of ingredients from their website and break it down:

WATER – OK, but if I want to dilute my coffee because its too strong, I can just add my own water.

SUGAR – To consumers, “sugar” means table sugar or sucrose, obtained from sugarbeets or sugar cane. In a food’s ingredient statement, “sugar” always means sucrose.  Currently, 90 percent of sugar beets grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.  Crops are genetically modified to contain and withstand pesticides.  Consumption of sugar can lead to Type 2 diabetes and obesity along with cancer and heart disease.  GM crops have been shown to increase the likelihood of cancer, changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal tract, allergic reactions, infertility and accelerated aging.

PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL – Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats.  Trans fats increase cardiac risk factors twice as much as saturated fat in the diet.

AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)** – Sodium caseinate is the biochemical name for casein, which is a type of protein found in the milk from all mammals. Casein, which is Latin for “cheese,” is a major component of commercial cheese and its principle source of protein. Casein is also used as a food additive and for industrial purposes. Some people are allergic to sodium caseinate, and it has been linked to some human diseases, mainly autism and gastrointestinal problems.

NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS

DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE

DISODIUM PHOSPHATE

MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES

CELLULOSE GEL

CELLULOSE GUM

COLOR ADDED

CARRAGEENAN

I realized what a bad choice it was for me to keep using Coffee Mate, and changed my habits.  I now put PureSilk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk at 30 calories a cup, and add in one or two packets of Pyure Organic Stevia Sweetener, depending on how sweet I want it, into my coffee.  Now I can actually taste the coffee, and its good!  Pyure is available on Vitacost.com.

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