Whether you use regular flavored creamer, almond creamer, or straight half and half, you are likely consuming more than you think. I worked directly with a company that manufactures a well known creamer brand (I can’t name names). They did a study that asked people how many servings of creamer they typically added to their coffee, then they gave the person a bottle of creamer and asked if they would show how much creamer they typically add. I don’t know the exact numbers, but across the board people were physically adding more creamer to their coffee than they thought they were. Take a look at this photo. What color is your standard cup of coffee? And how many of those do you drink per day?
A serving of creamer is typically only one tablespoon and can range from 30-50 calories per serving. For the purposes of this post, let’s go right down the middle and say a serving is 40 calories.
The average consumer drinks about 3 cups of coffee per day. So even if your typical cup is 3 servings of creamer, that comes out to 360 extra calories per day. Also keep in mind that this example shows 8 fluid ounce servings of coffee. If your typical cup comes from a coffee shop, a small is usually 12 fluid ounces, which would mean even more creamer to reach your desired color, flavor, and mouthfeel.
Here are some more fun facts about coffee and creamer!
Were you surprised to see how much creamer you actually consume each day? Let me know in the comments!