Coffee with cream is a staple of many American breakfasts and desserts. Cream, or creamers, add creamy texture and smooth out the flavor of acid-tasting coffees. They also add significant amounts of calories and fat, however.
Cream and Milk
A half-ounce pre-packaged cup of half and half has 20 calories with 78 percent of calories from fat. One tbsp. of whole milk, which is the same weight as a half-ounce of half-and-half, has 9 calories with 49 percent from fat. Twenty to 35 percent of calories should come from fat, states the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Coffee-Mate powdered non-dairy creamer and Great Value non-dairy creamer both have 10 calories per teaspoon with 45 percent from fat. Both brands' fat free versions have 10 calories but no fat.
Half and half and regular non-dairy creamers are high in fat relative to government guidelines, but creamers are lower in calories. Using whole milk significantly reduces calorie intake compared to half and half. Using skim milk would also reduce fat intake. Low-fat creamers don't reduce calorie intake but they do reduce fat intake.