Is there any harm in creamer?

In order to reduce the cost of milk tea sold on the market (such as “pearl milk tea”), most of them are not made from fresh milk and milk powder. In fact, milk tea is blended with “milk essence” and mixed with saccharin or sweetener, pigment, fruit powder, “Pearl” (i.e. cassava powder), ice and water, and shaken evenly.

This kind of creamer is the same kind of product as coffee companion. Although there is a word “milk” in creamer, it has nothing to do with milk. It is also known as vegetable fat, powdered oil and fat powder. It is made from refined hydrogenated vegetable oil and various food excipients. The main ingredients include hydrogenated vegetable oil, dextrin (starch hydrolysate), sodium caseinate, cream flavor, emulsifier, anticoagulant and so on. The content of hydrogenated vegetable oil is 20-75%.

Common vegetable oil belongs to unsaturated fatty acid, which is beneficial to human body, but it is unstable and not easy to preserve. In order to facilitate preservation, the ordinary vegetable oil is added with hydrogen atom to polyunsaturated fatty acid at a certain temperature and pressure to form hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is relatively stable and can extend the shelf life.

However, hydrogenated vegetable oil obtained in this way belongs to trans fatty acids. Trans fatty acids are similar in nature to saturated fatty acids, but they are more harmful to health than saturated fatty acids. Its main harm is to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is estimated that 30-100 000 people in the United States die of heart disease due to eating trans fatty acids every year.

Trans fatty acids may also increase the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, liver damage, obesity and infertility. It is generally believed that the intake of trans fatty acids should not exceed 2G a day, but the amount of trans fatty acids in a cup of milk tea will generally exceed this amount. Biscuits, cakes, French fries, fried chicken nuggets and other fast food and baked food also contain trans fatty acids, so it will have a certain impact on the body. For the sake of health in the future, we still need to control the corresponding diet intake, and the healthy diet with light health preservation is a good way to maintain good health!