Coffee-Mate Creamer Nutrition Dangers

By on March 13, 2013

Coffee-Mate Creamer NutritionMost people aren’t too fond of straight black coffee. It has a strong and somewhat bitter taste, particularly if you aren’t buying flavored coffee. So many people decide to balance the flavor of coffee with creamers like Coffee-Mate. After all, these creamers come in many different flavors, some low fat, some low calorie, and most fairly flavorful. However, chances are good that they don’t consider the Coffee-Mate creamer nutrition dangers.

It’s not nearly so good for you as you might think.

Beware the Dangers

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ve probably gotten the hint that commonly consumed foods are not always the best option for your health. Even supposedly healthy foods can be extremely dangerous for you in the long run.

The surprising thing about creamer products like Coffee-Mate though is that they are actually low on any nutritious ingredients. Natural News reports that originally coffee creamers were composed primarily of sugar and cream starting in the 1950s.

However, as time passed and the manufacturers had to make ends meet, they started to replace the cream and natural sugars with vegetable oils, chemical sweeteners, and additional additives. In fact, today’s creamers contain little more than chemicals and flavorings.

Corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, enzymes, flavoids, stabilizers, and other products that at one time came from food sources but no longer have any nutritional value. This is why the FDA does not list Coffee-Mate as a dairy product.

Not surprisingly, all of these ingredients can cause significant health issues. The high artificial sugars and fructose corn syrup cause aggravation in the joints and the blood. It also cakes within the blood stream, leading to clogged arteries.

Blockages can extend into the stomach and bowels as well, triggering irritable bowls, diarrhea or constipation, and bloating. Because it is so high in sugar, it easily coats the teeth and begins eating into the gum and the root.

This becomes particularly problematic when you consider that you’re probably enjoying this cup of coffee on the way to work, meaning that you probably aren’t going to brush your teeth for a little while.

An additional ingredient in this product is dipotassium phosphate. Self Growth has been tracking the risks associated with consumption of this chemical, and they have documented the following side effects and problems, including renal failure, asthenia, decrease in hemoglobin, diarrhea, nausea, asthenia, and more.

The dipotassium phosphate is an essential ingredient to these kinds of creamers because it is what actually used to decrease and eliminate the acidic levels of coffee, making it easier to digest.

Alternatives to Coffee-Mate

Fortunately, Coffee-Mate is not the only option you have when trying to soften the bitterness of your morning cup of joe. Health Castle provides a list of recommended coffee options, drawing from various areas of the world.

In Europe, the traditional creamer is actually cream or milk. Whole milk and cream are both rich and flavorful and much healthier. The Asian tradition focuses on evaporated milk.

Make sure to obtain unsweetened condensed milk, an item which you may only be able to find in specialty stores depending on your area.

Cinnamon and vanilla are also good ways to change your coffee’s flavor. Make sure to purchase high quality spices, and make sure that the vanilla does not have added sugar.

This means that you need pure vanilla extract, not vanilla flavoring or vanilla essence. Some people enjoy almond extract as well. It has a slightly sweeter flavor without any sugar products.

All of these options are better than Coffee-Mate Creamer. Coffee-Mate Creamer nutrition dangers are nothing to take lightly. While you may miss the sweetness, think of it as a chance to invest in your health and physical well being.

Dr. Mike

BTW-Do you have any other questions/concerns about powdered creamers?

Please leave your thoughts below!






Gloria Tsang, “Office Coffee Creamer 101,” Health Castle, (2008).

Robin Dimicele, “The Ugly Truth About Coffee Mate Creamer,” Self Growth, (2011).

About Michael Tremba

Dr. Michael Tremba, once severely overweight himself, has studied to distinguish the truth about weight loss, and the shocking mis-information that's taught to us by many "trusted" groups. Through the techniques that have helped him regain his health, he shares uncommon tools to help anyone else desiring to lose weight to live the life they're meant to. He enjoys reading, exercising, travelling, and spending time with his wife, Shari in Mobile, Alabama Find me on Twitter, Google+ and let's connect on LinkedIn.


  1. Lois

    May 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I have one cup of coffee with coffee mate only one per day, is it bad for me or can I enjoy my one cup per day

    • Michael Tremba

      May 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks for inquiring, Lois.
      To predict horrible things happening because you want to enjoy a small amount with your coffee? I think it would be a little bit tough to say.
      But on the other hand, even in small quantities, it’s still not a healthy chemical to put into your body
      Have you thought of a far-healthier alternative such as heavy whipping cream?

    • Deb alford

      October 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      O m g we just put 2 and 2 together. Will have to come up with something different. Thanks so much for probably saving our lives.

    • joann scanlon

      May 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      i have used coffee mate in coffee for more years than i want to think about…it makes my blood sugar go sky high every morning and i have to adjust my insulin …finally, i decided to just quit the coffeemate and coffee(i cant stand the taste of plain coffee)..WOW… i have had excruciating pain for months and months in my muscles and joints and my dr. has never figured out the cause…after the second day off the cm and c…i noticed i had a lot less pain….now a week later i am totally pain free for the first time in over a year…i have now convinced my daughters and one son-in-law to give up coffeemate too….i am now drinking tea in the morning…sometimes black and sometimes with a little milk and sweetner…little did i know the damaage i was doing to myself…

  2. Betty

    December 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I changed my eating habits drastically to much healthier choices; however, I am so addicted to artificial creamers, I have a very hard time weaning myself, so I started buying “Natural Bliss” because supposedly it does not contain what the other artificial creamers do. Ingredients appear to be better than the other creamers, but the last ingredient listed is “Natural flavors.” I cannot drink black coffee and don’t want to over do adding sugar to satisfy my taste. Any suggestions? Thank you

    • Michael Tremba

      December 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Congratulations on your healthier choices, Betty. It took me a long time as well to get off of artificial coffee creamers myself.
      Have you tried using natural creamers instead? Perhaps something like real cream mixed with stevia (sweet, but negligible impact on blood-sugar)
      mixed with a natural extract like almond or vanilla? All the best to you.

  3. Marcy Howard

    January 25, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Another good thing to try is almond milk, it’s sweeter than milk and healhier..milk is actually bad for us, our body cannot break it down properly, because it’s made for cows not humans ;)

    • Michael Tremba

      January 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      I love almond milk, and use it regularly as well-thanks for your input, Marcy :)

  4. terry

    March 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I have been getting terrible pains in the back of my skull since using coffee mate, so I stopped for 2 days and the pain went. I never realised the significance and started using it again, because I liked it. The pain came back, so stopped using again and am pain free. my daughter said i was crazy!

    I have had 2 heart attacks and I feel so breathless since using the stuff. Never realised there was chems in it, thought it was dairy!

    • Michael Tremba

      March 28, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      So glad you’re that intuitive with your helath, terry. People don’t often note the dangers associated with non-dairy creamers, and I’m glad you’ve been able to, and make appropriate changes.
      Best wishes in your health pursuits.

  5. Cristian

    May 21, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I just drank some coffee with a tad bit of Coffee Mate and expieranced diarrhea after about 10 minutes, im not drinking that again.

  6. Kathleen Rapp

    June 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Hi! We are changing things like the creamer at my workplace. I cannot have dairy and thus use Coffee Mate from time to time in my chai tea. What do you suggest for a creamer if dairy is not an option? Is the Silk Creamer better? THanks…

    • Michael Tremba

      June 11, 2015 at 9:09 am

      The soy in silk makes it a less than healthy option. Have you ever tried to blend almond milk and coconut milk (the thick kind from the can) together?
      Many people like it as an option.
      Best wishes.

  7. Tom

    September 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Dr Mike , for 20 years I have been drinking my coffee with coffeemate creamer . I have sever joint pain and leg and feet problems ( pain ) I have to take 6 -200 mg ibuprofen tablets a day to ease the pain so I can walk . So do you think that the Creamer has anything to do with this health problem ? Please advise . Thanks Tom

    • Michael Tremba

      September 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Tom-there are many different things that can be the cause of some of the symptoms you’re having.
      And although artificial creamers have many health concerns associated with them, it’s impossible, from what I know, to say that the coffeemate creamer is indeed the cause of your symptoms.
      I hope you’ll address these concerns futher with your natural health care provider.

    • lynn

      December 4, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      I had the same problem turns out I have (PAD) peripheral artery diease. but giving up the coffee mate just the same.

    • Tony Piggott

      December 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      If you are on a statin drug, check that for your joint pain.

  8. Pam

    September 20, 2015 at 5:48 am

    i have been using coffee mate for years and then wondered if it was contributing to my high cholesterol . I started using 1 percent milk heated and a teaspoon of sugar in the raw topped with fat free or low fat whipped cream and a little powdered cinnamon and it is like drinking a cappachino.

  9. Deb A

    January 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I thought I had IBS. I had one cup of coffee, maybe two once in awhile. I stopped coffee for surgery. Well my stomach and bowl movements got regular. So I tested the coffee drinking….had coffee with almond milk. Fine. Then the day I started liquid creamer, I had the IBS symptoms again. Going to bathroom a couple times a day. “dumping” syndrome. So I believe its the creamer doing it to me even though coffee is a stimulant.

    • Michael Tremba

      January 20, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thanks for your story, Deb. Stories like yours are a continual source of curiosity for me.

  10. Peggy G.

    May 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Hazelnut Coffeemate is my last “cheat”. I eat vegan, raw juice a lot and drink lots of water. I do not drink any alcohol, nor do I smoke (anything). When I have my morning coffee, however, my bowel feels like the Braxton Hicks from preganancy!!!! I must surrender my last vice… :(

    • Michael Tremba

      May 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Haha! Best wishes to you, Peggy :)

  11. Bonnie Jaillet

    May 17, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Those of us who like creamer in our coffee know that it needs to be the right “color” as well! Both my daughter and I have noticed that over time, we need to put more and more Coffee Mate in our coffee to give it the right creamy color. I recently switched to Coffee Rich, and found I needed only half of what I had been putting in of the Coffee Mate. I am leaving non-dairy creamers behind, but I was wondering if any of your readers noticed the same thing?

  12. Denise Kearns

    September 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I am a 55 year old female who has drank coffee with coffee mate for more years than I can count. I quit smoking ten months ago after smoking for 37 years. I went through a mourning season, did not exercise much and drank a lot of coffee! I was putting in 6 tablespoons of coffee creamer into a very tall cup and would have two to three cups a day. I believe this was my crutch I turned to to quit smoking. Well, now I have gotten past the mourning period, I have gained 50 pounds and now have type 2 diabetes and nerve issues. I tried everything to lose the weight, supplements, diets, fasting. Ugh, but I refused to give up my coffee creamer. I was in deep denial. It humbles me greatly to say this out loud, but, I came across this article and thought if I could help someone else before it gets so bad, then being humble is worth it. I am now on a LCHF diet and doing 16/8 intermittent fasting and alternative fasting for 3 days. I can’t seem to go past three days. I am losing a significant amount of weight. Although I must say that the withdrawals have been excruciating to say the least. I have gone to black coffee, I buy whole beans now and grind them myself, the flavor is better and I actually enjoy it. I use a bodum and now my coffee experience is so much better. I miss the sweetness from the coffee mate, but I believe that the coffee mate is what has helped cause all my health issues. So if you are in doubt about quitting the coffee mate, I hope this will push you over the fence and stop using it. I will never use it again. Thank you for this article. I hope I have inspired at least one person.

    • Michael Tremba

      October 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your health journey, Denise.
      Wishing you so many blessings.

  13. Kimberly M.

    October 10, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I haven’t used coffee mate in about a year. I normally use half and half and stevia and maybe throw in some pumpkin pie spice or just cinnamon. I was excited to see coffee mate’s peppermint mocha back on shelf so I thought hmm…why not. Needless to say within 30 minutes of drinking it I had horrible stomach cramping and pain. I felt terrible. The rest is going down the drain no thanks!!!

    • Michael Tremba

      May 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Thanks for sharing this, Kimberly! Glad you were able to figure it out.

  14. Pamela A Tibbetts

    November 4, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Do coffee creamers cause bloating, and gasest

  15. Tikvah Duesters

    January 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Is it true that the coffee mate has HEK in the ingredients? Or this this a myth?

    • Michael Tremba

      May 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

      I haven’t yet heard reputable evidence that substantiates this, but will keep my eyes open. In case you find out for certain, will you let me know in the comments?

  16. Diane

    March 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I work in the skin care industry . Although anectdodal, I have seen an increasing amount of people with strange skin rashes and face swelling that no MD could diagnose. After reviewing these clients habits, the common thread was Coffee Creamer ( non dairy). When Clients removed the creamer from their diet, the rash disappeared within a week.

  17. Kim

    April 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I had a severe case of “bubble guts” (very noisy and uncomfortable bowels) with extreme diarrhea. I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. At first I thought it was a virus, but then came the day when I ran out of powdered coffee mate. I didn’t get more for about 2 weeks, and everything cleared up. Then, I got more coffee mate, and everything started up again! I finally put 2 and 2 together!!! No more coffee mate for me!

    • Michael Tremba

      May 29, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Good choice on that, Kim! Glad you were able to figure it out-thanks for sharing.

  18. Ian Michael

    May 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I have been using the powered version of Coffee Mate because it keeps, I am a truck driver and i can’t use real milk or cream because of no fridge the milk turns before its even lunch time. Thats why I use Coffee Mate but I’ve noticed I’ve put on weight and thats why I Googled this site i know I’ts the CM that’s making me fat. Is there any alternative whitener I could use?

    • Michael Tremba

      August 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Hello, Ian. This is a challenging situation for you, and I’m sorry to hear that you’re in that situation. Unfortunately, it’s difficult at this time to find any powdered creamers that won’t cause the problems as coffee mate. However, is there a way you could pack an ice pack in a cooler? Also, coconut milk, I find is no where as tasty as regular milk or cream, but on the other hand, it does normally last longer. All the best to you.

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