She handed me the cup of tea and two little plastic packages of non-dairy creamer. Due to sixteen years of living with celiac disease, out of sheer habit I read the label. It seemed gluten-free and it also seemed like a whole lot of “yuck.” The “contains” label said that soy and milk ingredients were present and my inner voice asked, “Where?”Here is what was in my little plastic container of non-dairy creamer. My apologies for any misspellings, mouse print labels are very tough to read even with glasses.
Partially hydrogenated soybean oilCorn syrup solids
Mono and diglycerides
All I really wanted was a splash of milk to cool off my tea and lighten it a little bit. I asked her if I could have milk and she didn’t have any on her cart. So the choice was to dump the two plastic packets of chemicals into my tea for a milk-like flavor or drink it black.
The non-dairy creamer was safe to consume from a gluten perspective, but totally gross from every other perspective. I drank half the cup black and switched back to my water bottle. The moral of the story for me is that sometimes reading labels can turn you off a product completely even if it is gluten-free!