HFCS-Free – Soy Creamer

Posted on December 8, 2008 by Allie

Over the summer we made a lot of frozen yogurt/ice cream, and had a big carton of half & half in the fridge more often than not.  I got in the bad habit of using it in my coffee.  When we stopped buying it, I found that skim milk really didn’t cut it anymore, but since my cholesterol levels are not ideal, this was a habit I really needed to break. 

Most non-dairy creamers are full of icky ingredients: partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and sodium caseinate, a dairy product processed to the point where the FDA has decided it no longer qualifies as dairy (yuck!).

Silk Soy Milk French Vanilla Creamer is a better alternative to non-dairy creamers and the real thing.  At 20 calories per tablespoon, it has 10 calories from fat, no cholesterol, and no saturated or trans fat.

The ingredients are:

Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Tapioca Starch, Carrageenan

It’s super good, but I am concerned with the inclusion of palm oil in the ingredients, both for dietary and ethical reasons.  Is it better than drinking half & half or non-dairy creamer?  Yes.  But it’s probably not the best option out there.

Enter Wildwood Soymilk Creamer.  WildwoodFoods.com appears to be down at the moment, so I can’t link to it, but here’s a link to info on the history of Pulmone Wildwood.

I’m not sure if it comes in flavors, but the plain is excellent. It has 15 calories, with 10 from fat and is also free of cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fat.

Here are the ingredients:

Organic Soymilk (Filtered Water, Whole Organic Soybeans), Expeller Pressed Organic Canola Oil, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Contains Less than 2% of each of the following: Maltodextrin (from corn), Soy Lecithin, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, Carrageenan, Organic Tapioca Starch.

Lady saw a documentary about GMO soy awhile ago, and scared me off of anything but organic soy products, so I’m happy that both of these products contain only organic soybeans.

Both products, however, come in cartons with plastic pour spouts.  So, I’m going to take a cue from Fake Plastic Fish, and do a little letter writing.  One to Silk asking them to change their packaging and find an alternative ingredient to palm oil, another to Wildwood, asking them to change their packaging, and third to my local grocery store chain, asking them to carry Wildwood products.

Would it be better to just use milk or drink my coffee black?  Sure.  But I also know the importance of affording myself little luxuries in keeping up my motivation to stay green and healthy on a larger scale.

How do you take your coffee?

15 Comments +

  1. Your healthiest option is probably to find a local source for pastured raw milk. Because the cows are pastured the fat in the milk is actually healthy (full of Omega 3′s). Mr Chiots and I used to drink soy milk for his cholesterol, but earlier this year we switched to raw we even make our own raw milk butter. We now use only raw milk butter or olive oil for cooking/eating fats and his cholesterol is actually much much lower.

    We are also huge coffee lovers. We drink 2% raw milk lattes each morning (it’s 2% because we skim some of the cream off to make our butter). Another great thing is that raw milk is a bit sweeter than regular milk so we don’t use as much sugar in our coffee any more. And it’s much greener because it only travels a few miles to our house and isn’t processed at all like our soy milk was (and I no longer have lactose intolerance with raw milk as I did with store bought milk).

    December 8th, 2008 at 6:57 pm
    Comment by Susy
  2. We’ve been using that Silk creamer forever now and we love it. It tastes just like regular creamer (I think, anyway), and it doesn’t make Chris’s lactose intolerance rev into overdrive.

    December 8th, 2008 at 7:55 pm
    Comment by nancypearlwannabe
  3. I’m so in the same boat as you!

    (Well, was, before I decided I didn’t want to be addicted to coffee. Haha.)

    I bought some half-and-half for something else and fell in LOVE.

    I tried the soy creamer as well. If I start my daily habit, I’ll have to give Wildwood a chance!

    December 8th, 2008 at 7:59 pm
    Comment by ashley.
  4. We used to buy all the fancy flavored creamers but now we just use milk. I agree raw milk is the best both health and taste wise. It will give you that richness that seems missing now that you aren’t using half’n'half anymore.

    December 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm
    Comment by N.
  5. You know, it never occured to me to try a soy creamer. I’m not a fan of the taste of soy milk, but I feel like the coffee would diffuse the flavor enough that I could handle it. I’ll have to see what we’ve got at the local grocery.

    December 9th, 2008 at 6:13 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  6. I swear you read my mind with this blog post! this morning I was thinking about finding an alternative to the coffee-mate style creamers that we drink. I’m going to see if they have the Wildwood brand at my Supermarket!

    December 10th, 2008 at 1:09 am
    Comment by Moni
  7. Let me know if you hear back from them. Over a year ago, I wrote to both Silk and Wildwood to encourage them to remove the plastic pour spouts from their containers. I ended up buying a soy milk maker and making my own without packaging. I wonder how I could make soy creamer.

    December 16th, 2008 at 2:42 am
    Comment by Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish
  8. I use Vitasoy soy milk in my coffee because it has no oils and, unlike most other brands, even has no Vitamin A Palmitate. It’s sold in many grocery stores such as Safeway, Whole Foods, Shoppers Food Warehouse, etc.). My doctor’s diet prohibits dairy, all non-olive oils especially canola, corn and peanut, red meat, and egg yolks (www.cancer-foundation.org) and it’s working.

    December 20th, 2008 at 4:31 pm
    Comment by Neil
  9. I have a bit of an addiction to coffee (yeah, bad, bad, I know). To the point, I using Organic soy creamers but after a presentation on Google video by Dr. Russel Blaylock on MSG and Aspertame I was taken aback when noticing “natural flavors” in what is touted as a healthy alternative to pasteurized cow milk. I know about non-fermented soy as a bad thing as a staple (see: Dr. Mercola) but did you know this? Coconut milk is HIGHLY nutritious, is closest to human milk, is BEST for cooking, has none of the deleterious health effects. The oils in coconut are super healthy in fact. The AMA spreads disinformation about it. Why? $ome rea$on$ I can’t get into now. Scientists and peer reviewed studies say otherwise. Research it! In short, try Coconut milk.

    January 28th, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    Comment by Cmdr Bob
  10. I have been a loyal soy milk and creamer person for a while now, but I also research A LOT about food and what goes into our bodies. Please google the dangers of non-fermented soy. Non-fermented refers to soymilk, soy creamer, soy beans, etc. Fermented Soy IS good for you (i.e. Miso, tempeh, soy sauce…) Non-fermented causes infertility, thyroid problems, breast cancer, etc..

    After reading about all this stuff, I have stopped buying such soy products. Unfortuanely I am allergic to dairy and have NO clue what to put in my coffee now!! :(

    Its just so sad that anything “good and healthy” is actually not.

    February 24th, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    Comment by cameron
  11. cameron you are wrong. This whole scare on soy is another marketing campaign by the dairy industry.

    The phytoestrogens in soy are nothing at all like the estrogens which are suspected to encourage the growth of cancer. In fact, the phytoestrogens in soy are an estrogen inhibitor and block the negative effects of estrogen from other sources.

    http://www.notmilk.com
    http://www.drcarley.com

    August 10th, 2009 at 1:38 pm
    Comment by walter
  12. Hi Allie,

    Great information and comments. I’ve loved coffee forever … and been trying to stop using hfcs creamer for years.

    I didn’t realize how bad that hfcs was … disruptive to metabolism, etc.

    The best I’ve come up with that tastes good AND is healthful is French Vanilla soy creamer, powdered milk or raw milk … for creamy flavor.

    And yes, me too, I can drink it black but love a few cups with the creamer … one of the healthful ones today. The way I drink coffee some days … it gets $$$.

    Patricia
    PS Nice website

    October 23rd, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    Comment by Patricia del Valle
  13. So what is the outcome after all these years?? I just bought the soy creamer today actually and then decided to do a quick search about it when I got home and I had a really good feeling about this stuff because of the ingredients! Hopefully I made the right choice and would be interested in knowing if your still using it as well.

    February 29th, 2012 at 10:18 pm
    Comment by Kelli
  14. I really enjoyed the soy creamer, but it came down to cost. Most of the time, I buy a carton of whole milk to use for my coffee instead, but when I want to splurge a bit, I go for soy creamer.

    March 2nd, 2012 at 9:04 am
    Comment by Allie
  15. Beem drinking one cup daily grind my own beans for 20 years using half n half. LD cholesterol
    was 152 in 2009. Stopped the 1/2 n 1/2 cold turkey.And started using regular milk in the coffee. After physical in 2010 LD dropped to 132. No meds just food intake awareness and excercise. Had a physical last month, Feb. and LD went up to 142. Stopped using the milk and bought Silk soy creamer. Hope this was the right move. Any long term users with higher bad cholesterol care to chime in on this? Thanks.

    March 13th, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    Comment by Stretch

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