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Organic Coffee Creamer
Healthy organic coffee is a great way to start your day. But, if you like a little of the white stuff in your coffee shouldn’t there be organic coffee creamer too? It is possible to use organic cream derived from organic milk. Organic milk comes from cows that have been fed organic feed, have not been given synthetic hormones, and have not received any of a specified list of proscribed medications. The cows are also housed in pens with sufficient space. Organic coffee creamer, on the other hand, is derived from vegetable oils. In this case the specific vegetable oils must pass certification as organic. Organic soybeans, for example, are grown without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. In the USA roughly a hundred thousand acres are planted each year, half in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan.
There are a large number of vegetable oils available and used for production of coffee creamer. In each case the product must be certified to have been grown, harvested, processed, and stored in such a way as to avoid contamination with non organic crops of the same type.
Disease control on crops used to produce the constituents for organic coffee creamer must be by natural means and not include artificial chemicals. Examples, for soy beans, include planting rows wider apart.
This reduces crop yield but allows plants to dry faster so that white mold infection does not occur. Likewise fertilizers may not be synthetic. So called green manure is used.
This is a previous crop that has been tilled back into the soil to decompose. Composts are common as well. Livestock manures are useful and excellent nitrogen sources. Other sources of minerals include limestone, rock phosphates, and gypsum. The coffee drinker interested in organic coffee antioxidants is not especially interested the farming details required for producing organic coffee creamer. Thus he will rely upon certification. A certified organic product will have been grown or raised in accordance with a set of standards that guarantees the consumer a product free of many of the contaminants found in non organic foods.
We typically drink organic coffee because of its taste, freedom from impurities, and the sustainable practices used in raising organic coffee. However, there are a number of health benefits such as the fact more organic coffee can lead to less diabetes, a reduction in colon cancer risk, and fewer cases of advanced prostate cancer in coffee drinkers. These effects are largely because of the antioxidants in coffee. The coffee drinker interested in these benefits should be aware that the calcium in dairy products has been shown to bind to and render inactive numerous antioxidants.