Why do non dairy creamers have a higher carb count then half and half--That is the Question

Friday, April 24, 2015

Why do non dairy creamers have a higher carb count then half and half--that is the question I have been pondering for about two weeks now--It all started because--

Ever since I made the BAD mistake of actually reading the label on my favorite non dairy creamer which happened to come out with a no fat no sugar variety --This is from the Caramel Creme which happens to be delicious!
then picked up a carton of fat free half and half (out of my creamer)
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2 tbsp. (30ml)
Servings Per Container: 8/half pint, 16/pint, 32/quart, 64/half gallon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 20
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 30 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 2 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 2 % Calcium 0 %
Vitamin C 4 % Iron 0 %
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

--but the carton was too large-so for the heck of it I picked up a carton of regular half and half--
what the heck--The Total Carbohydrate count was the lowest on the regular half and half!!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2 tbsp. (30ml)
Servings Per Container: 8/half pint, 16/pint, 32/quart, 64/half gallon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 40
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3 g 5%
Saturated Fat 2 g 10%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg 5%
Sodium 20 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1 g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 2 % Calcium 0 %
Vitamin C 4 % Iron 0 %
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

I was in shock!! Guess who has been buying regular half and half now. I may find because it does have milk that it just might play havoc with my sugar count (diabetic here)--for some reason milk and I do not get along too well. But we shall see when next I go to my doctor.

I have read lots of stuff on the internet and most of them say that the serving size has something to do with it--uh--sorry guys--the fat free sugar free one allowed for 1 tbsp serving size--the others 2. Of course flavoring does have something to do with it as well, as I'm sure we all realized. I still have not found the answer-but I will keep searching!!

Meanwhile I always wondered why a white almost paint looking residue was left on the containers of the non-dairy creamers--I found the answer and --well--here it is--I'll let you decide for yourselves!!

Sodium Caseinate

The chemical name for a protein found in milk, sodium caseinate is often added to “non-dairy” creamers to whiten them, and is also used in paints and plastics. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/05/non-dairy-creamer-made/ can find other ingredients in here as well.

So--what do you think?

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Joanne T Ferguson said...

The label and ingredients says it all as is not the healthiest choice! I used to love these in my coffee!

Masshole Mommy said...

I drink light cream and always have. I never noticed the difference between these.

Chubskulit Rose said...

It is really important to pay attention to those labels because those few information can really sabotage your choices of healthy stuff.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I didn't know that the sodium casseinate is also being used to paint and plastic? That can't be healthy for us wahhh.

jheylo said...

We really have to be extra careful with with we are buying in the market these days. It's ridiculous that they had to use words that are so scientific whatsoever that we hardly understand what it means and that that ingredients really are, which unfortunately harmful to our body. I hardly read labels too when I go shopping :(

mail4rosey said...

Yep, reading labels is one of those things once you do it, you can't go back. It's hard to make a conscious decision to put some things in your body when you find out exactly what those 'some things' might be. ;)

Literary Winner said...

Wow...that sodium caseinate sounds a bit scary! I have been a faithful user of half and half and actually most prefer cream, but find it too expensive for the quantity I use. ;)

Mama to 5 said...

I love my iced coffee but I had to stop drinking them because of the sugar. I miss it but after reading labels I was stunned!

Katherine Bartlett said...

My husband also read the label and was shocked!

Jennifer Clay said...

I was diabetic when I was pregnant. I could not drink milk either!

Kristen Campbell said...

What do I think? UGH is what I think. This is why you should never read labels LOL

Amanda Simkin said...

That is such a great question. That's why I try my best to avoid any modified food...and drink my coffee black (as an example). Thanks for sharing!


Christi at SexyMoxieMama.com said...

I love half and half. I have not used non dairy or fat free creamers in years because they are full of additives and preservatives. I have a Paleo creamer recipe on my blog that uses only coconut and almond milks.

Kandi said...

I skip all of the above and go straight for the whole milk. Whole Milk is all I will drink these days.

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg wow! This is all new to me! Who would of ever known there was this much of a difference

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

Many people don't realize the importance of reading nutritional labels. They might be surprised at the sugar and salt content in many of their favorite foods.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Oy! Now that's a real turn off. I'm pretty good about reading the labels since I was diagnosed with an auto immune disorder, but I admit, some of those scientific terms make me scratch my head until I am able to get home and look them up.

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

OK, now I am going to have to go and read the label on my creamer. I do love it though but I may have figure out a better alternative.

Heather Jones said...

First off, the commenters here are jumping to conclusions, it's used in paints and plastics, it's not saying we are drinking paint or plastic like substances! scientific names are used for all sorts of natural ingredients. For example vinegar is sometimes called acetic acid, and the scientific term for milk protein is called casein. So if you just do a little bit of research, you'll realize that just because you can't pronounce something doesn't make it poison.

Elizabeth O. said...

Oh no! It will take me double the time I usually take when in groceries.

Jennifer Williams said...

I just recently started drinking coffee again and have been checking these things out as well. I will definitely be looking into the half & half but like you I do not seem to play well with milk products for different reasons though - time will tell if it will work for me.

Raquel said...

When I started dieting and limit my carb I started reading labels and nutrition facts. It does help but sometimes we can't rely what's in it.

bxcrochet said...

It is so important to read labels. I just use a tiny bit of cream and love my coffee.

Michelle F.

Katrina Gehman said...

i usually use torini syrups in my coffee, so good.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This is a great post indeed and yes you change my mind for sure. Thanks so much for point your find out to us all. The other lesson is read the labels.

Maria said...

I normally do my flavored liquid creamer and really never put to much thought but now I may need to reconsider after reviewing the ingredient list as well.

Cait Fore said...

I don't usually think about cream and carbs together - but I will definitely think about that from now on!

Housewife Eclectic said...

What interesting information! I don't drink coffee so I have never noticed.

Hopscotch N Jellybeans said...

I love half and half and I couldn't care about the carb info. LOL I have to have my half and half. Both are equally bad for your coffee I assume

Amanda Love said...

You know that I've never really paid attention to that before. Now that you've brought it to my attention I'm really going to pay more attention to what I buy.

Marnie G (Derrick Todd) said...

Yikes! Thanks for the info. I'll definitely be buying regular half and half from now on.

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