Saturday 30 May, 2020

Wellness with Natalie: There's a silent killer in your coffee

Wellness expert, Natalie Murray

Wellness expert, Natalie Murray

There's a silent killer in your coffee.You think I’m being overly dramatic?? News flash ... I’M NOT!

Are you using non-dairy creamer?  Have you read the ingredients label? Somehow, we think non-dairy means good for us. 

My two main concerns are that while many non-dairy creamers contain no lactose (the sugar found in milk that many have a hard time digesting), they may contain casein. Casein is a milk protein that can trigger reactions in those with milk allergies. It gets added to non-dairy creamer to give it a milky flavour and texture. (Not the killer, part but definitely a concern).

Secondly, these creamers use inflammatory oils to give that creamy look, feel and flavour. Worst of all is the trans fat in most brands - this is a kind of fat that increases your bad (LDL) cholesterol while lowering the more beneficial (HDL) cholesterol.

This can boost your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. You find trans fats on the ingredients label by looking for “hydrogenated” or “partially-hydrogenated” oils. Naturally occurring trans fats are not the cause for concern. It’s these artificially-made kind that are made by pumping hydrogen molecules into vegetable oil using high pressure, hydrogen gas and a metal catalyst.

It is possible that trans fats cause insulin resistance and drive type II diabetes, contribute to abdominal obesity (belly fat) and increase inflammatory markers and your liver just can't process them.

A further (let’s call it minor) point of concern is the anti-caking agent known as sodium aluminosilicate, which is added to keep powdered creamer from clumping up. Why in the world do we need to be ingesting a flammable substance?

If coffee agrees with you, there’s nothing wrong with having a cup or two a day. Just make it before noon. That’s part of the story of caffeine which we can address another day. 

But I ask you to carefully examine what you put in your coffee. Nondairy creamer is an unfortunate staple in office coffee stations and home pantries alike. I urge you to consider it as dangerous as adding poison to your coffee.

So what is a coffee drinker to do I hear you ask? I recommend using coconut cream. You can easily make your own thick enough so you can use as creamer. 

Then there is my personal favorite …. collagen coffee creamer. Now you are not taking away the bad, but you’re adding in something really awesome.

Collagen is needed for hair, skin, nails, joints, bones and it heals lining of your gut. I actually love this one ( because it’s easy to use and comes in vanilla, coconut and mocha flavour.

Imagine upgrading your cup of coffee to make you look and feel younger every day. Now that’s awesome!

Natalie Murray is an Integrative Health Coach.  She runs individual and group detox programs, offers corporate wellness programs and maintains an individual coaching practice.  If you want to learn more about how working with a Health Coach can help you in making gradual sustainable shifts towards a healthier lifestyle visit or email her at  Follow her in IG

This article is for information purposes only.  The information presented is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information.  The Information provided is NOT a substitute for professional care and should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem and disease.  You should consult your health care provider if you have or suspect you may have a health problem.

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