The one thing I have learned since being vegan is there are substitutions to every kind of food imaginable. It is indeed possible to live a vegan life and still enjoy the pleasures and tastes of a non-vegan life.
Let’s talk coffee creamer. 99% of the time I drink my decaf coffee black. However, there are days that I want something sweet and I like to treat myself to an “at home” latte.
So Delicious makes a wonderful French Vanilla creamer. In fact this is the only creamer I buy and use when I want a special treat. Not only is it soy free and dairy free, all of the ingredients are GMO free and the coconut milk is 100% organic.
But how clean are the ingredients?
The last four ingredients are not clean, unfortunately.
Natural Flavors is another term for MSG. A tricky wording job that manufacturers use to add “flavoring” to food without saying MSG.
Titanium Dioxide is used to make the creamer white. Unfortunately titanium dioxide can be and is linked to possible health problems, including cancer. How much of this statement is truth is still being decided, though.
Dipotassium Phosphate is a food additive that is recognized by the FDA as “safe”. It is used in non-dairy creamers to prevent coagulation.
Carrageenan is a food additive derived from seaweed that acts as a thickener for vegan foods. However, it has been linked to possible intestinal problems such as inflammation and bowel disease.
So by now I am sure you are asking yourself, “Why would she be drinking this or even promoting this product on this blog?”
I guess the point I am trying to make is: Yes, there are plenty of substitutions for products when you are vegan. HOWEVER, it is still just as important to read the labels and fully understand what you are eating or drinking.
And yes, I do consume this product but not every day. Not even on a weekly basis. And since we are talking “clean eating” for those non-vegan readers, half-and-half is your best choice; but please limit your consumption as it is not “healthy” in terms of calories, fat and what it can do to your overall health.
Nutritional info for So Delicious French Vanilla Creamer:
Keep reading those labels and educating yourself about what you are consuming. Awareness and education are the tools to live a better, healthy life.