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I am going to make a confession, there is nothing that I love more than Coffee Mate coffee creamer.  Even when I was eating almost 100% Paleo, I still had an occasional weakness for Hazelnut creamer.  Now that I am on a tight budget, regular Starbucks trips are out of the question, but I don’t miss Starbucks because I have allowed myself Hazelnut creamer instead. Hey, I’m saving money right?  I am completely and totally aware that the 3rd ingredient is “partially hydrogenated…oil”. Partially hydrogenated = trans fat, which is increasing inflammation in my body and is basically like eating plastic. Terrible! I also see the long list of other ingredients, none of which are good for me. But, what is a girl on a budget to do?

Ingredients in Hazelnut flavored Coffee Mate: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GEL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CELLULOSE GUM, CARRAGEENAN, DEXTROSE

Enter a “better” (not fantastic) solution today! The new “Natural Bliss” creamers by Coffee Mate. Check out the difference in the ingredients: NONFAT MILK, HEAVY CREAM, SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVOR.  That’s it!!! 4 ingredients!! I had seen it advertised on TV recently, so I decided to check it out at the store today since I was feeling guilty about my daily creamer consumption. I was ecstatic to see a short ingredient list and no trans fat! The only SMALL problem I have with it is the “natural flavor” part of the list. Natural flavors is a code word the food industry uses so it doesn’t have to spell out exactly what the ingredient is (usually a bunch of chemicals used to give foods flavors, that are not tested for safety). If you want to read more about natural flavors check out an article I wrote about it here. Anyway, I think I am a convert to the new Natural Bliss Coffee Mate. I know it’s not making me healthier, but I think overall it’s probably not hurting me that much. Plus, I think the happiness that delicious cup of coffee gives me every morning probably evens out any harm. Drink up!