Leaner Creamer Review

Leaner Creamer is a drink additive that can be added to both coffee and tea, but what sets this creamer apart from its brothers and sisters? Unlike your normal coffee creamer, Leaner Creamer claims to help you burn fat upon consumption!

Leaner Creamer, LLC, is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The founder,  Jonathan Kashnai, and his wife Natasha thought of the idea when they were pouring a heavily processed coffee creamer into their daily java after a good workout. Normally healthy eaters, they thought there had to be a better way to add powdered creamer to your coffee without all of the unhealthy additives.

coffee creamerLeaner Creamer first came to market in 2015, and can be purchased on their main website, a few select health food stores online, or on Amazon.com. [1] [2] A 9.87-ounce bottle of their original costs $19.95 plus shipping on the company website. [3] The same bottle sells on Amazon for $23.99 (free shipping if you have a Prime membership). [4]

Leaner Creamer Claims

Leaner Creamer is the realization that a healthy alternative to fatty coffee creamers can exist. Leaner Creamer revolutionizes the cherished ritual of coffee drinking by adding the benefits of appetite suppression and weight-loss while you enjoy your java!” [2]

They have no problem selling this product as a weight-loss supplement, and market on the website that it is the only coffee creamer that will keep both you and your java clean and lean everyday. But does it do the job we all fantasize about? There is a little saying at the bottom of the page: “Please Note: Results are not guaranteed. Individual results may vary.” As anything, this must be coupled with a healthy diet and exercise to see results. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

Their refund policy has many different loopholes, so be aware of it before you purchase. They quote,

To request for a refund, please email us at [email protected] Please be informed that all refunds will be deducted with a $5 refund processing fee and as well as the shipping cost incurred upon sending your order. For subscribers, a $6.50 refund processing fee will be applied.

If you aren’t satisfied, you can request a refund within 5 business days from the date the order was delivered to you based on USPS tracking. If you have contacted us beyond this period, we are unable to consider your refund request as Valid. Please note all returns are only accepted within 30 days of purchase. The return item must be in its original condition, is not damaged or had missing parts otherwise, we will not accept it. [5]

One bottle should last around 1 month if you are using 1-3 tsp. Daily.

Leaner Creamer Original Ingredients

Proprietary Blend: 17.5 mg per serving [Advantra Z® (Citrus Aurantium 10%),  Hoodia Gordonii Extract, Green Tea Powder Extract], Coconut Oil, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Mono & Diglycerides, Dextrose, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Silicon Dioxide. [4]

As the Leaner Creamer site specific takes on popular brand CoffeeMate, let’s compare ingredients:

CoffeeMate Original Powder: Corn Syrup Solids, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Coconut and/or Palm Kernel and/or Soybean), Sodium Caseinate, Less than 2% of Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Artificial Flavor, Annatto Color. [6]

hoodiaSo basically, Leaner Creamer replaces the processed sugar and fat with more natural versions (coconut oil and dextrose—a starch-derived sugar), kicks up the calcium a little, trades artificial flavor for natural, dumps the artificial color, and tosses in a proprietary blend of green tea powder, bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) and hoodia.

While the company markets itself as a really healthy alternative to coffee creamer, it is actually filled with a variety of ingredients that may not be that much better for you when ingested. The first ingredient, coconut oil, starts off on a good foot, but it goes downhill from there.

For example, Sodium Caseinate is produced by milk and it can act like MSG when consumed. Silicon Dioxide resembles sand and it is best known as an anti-caking agent.  [7]  Maltodextrin is considered safe by the FDA in moderation, but it does have a high glycemic index and can cause blood sugar spikes. [8] We’ll look at the plant products below in the science.

The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Leaner Creamer

The company website gives no information as to how they developed their formula. And the science is variably slim on the “active ingredients,” though they are all current health buzzwords in the United States. Let’s look at them individually.

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium), also known as Seville orange, neroli, and zhi shi, is touted for its stimulant and weight-loss properties. It’s also been used as an anti-spasmodic, a sedative, to stimulate bile production from the liver/gall bladder, and as a cholesterol reducer. It seems to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well. The problem is, there’s very little research to back up any of those claims. Most studies focus on safety and effectiveness in weight-loss products, and most of them rely on very small group sizes and on combination products, not on bitter orange itself. So much of the knowledge about this supplement is still unknown. [9] WebMD.com does offer warnings about combining bitter orange with caffeine, however, as it can increase the risk for high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, stroke, and other severe side effects. [10]

shutterstock_219110680Green Tea Powder (matcha, which literally means “powder” in Japanese) is showing clinical promise—not evidence as yet, just promise—in a number of areas, including metabolic syndrome—a condition affecting a great many Americans with its combination of obesity, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure (hypertension).  [11] It does have stimulant properties along with a few adverse affects interacting with some medications—and thus should be used with caution and moderation—but green tea is far from a “snake oil.” Also of special note: researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that a component in green tea helps kill cells of the most common leukemia in the United States. [12]

Hoodia (Hoodia gordonii) has been a buzzword for a few years now; a succulent native to Africa’s Kalahari Desert lauded (by marketers, at least) as a miracle appetite suppressant. It apparently tricks your brain, not your stomach, into thinking it’s full. But there’s very little proof of any of the touted effects; even advocates admit the published science is as sparse as rain in that vast desert. One lone study suggests hoodia has some effect on the hypothalamus, which aids in appetite regulation, but the study was done on animals, not humans.  A few tiny clinical trials have been done, but real evidence hasn’t been produced as yet. The good news is there don’t seem to have been any consumer reports of adverse side effects as yet. Still, caution should be advised. [13]

Now, all that said, a teaspoon of coffee creamer, even with all three of these herb supplements combined in it, probably won’t be enough to affect you unless you have a specific allergy to one of them. But if you have more than one coffee a day, it can add up fast.

Word On The Street About Leaner Creamer

There were a lot of reviews, which means this product has gotten out to the public. Leaner Creamer is a powdered coffee creamer, so it won’t change the temperature of your coffee—which many people saw as a positive. Others however, thought that the creamer was clumpy when they had to stir it, so they wished it had been a liquid consistency instead.

“Chris C.” said,

The recommended serving size on the label didn’t work for me. I had to add a good bit more. Although it does tell you on the label the maximum amount to use! I’m not sure exactly why that is, but I didn’t go over that. It smells delicious. The presentation is adorable! It just is not working for me. I want something with SOME flavor and richness. It didn’t do anything I noticed to curb my appetite that I noticed. It has a strange aftertaste and tastes chalky. It tastes nothing like it smells. I also had some clumping issues once coffee was added to my cup.

She also went onto say that she won’t throw it away, but she won’t repurchase it either, making Leaner Creamer pretty average in her book. [14]

There was a warning from a customer who was sensitive to stimulants, and wasn’t aware that they were in the product. “J Muses” said,

Unfortunately there is an ingredient in there “citrus aurtanium” which can be over stimulating. Although I enjoyed the taste of this creamer and found it to be very convenient, all three days that I drank it, interestingly enough found me waking up exactly mid way through my sleep schedule and unable to fall back to sleep for two hours. Also they do not allow returns to this supplier so I am out of luck. [14]

There were positive reviews as well, with people saying that they liked the smell and taste of the creamer, as well as its appetite suppressing qualities. Because there are stimulants in the product, the reaction will vary from person to person depending on their sensitivity levels.

The Bottom Line

Insufficient Data to Praise or Pan. Leaner Creamer is an interesting overall concept, but the company gives no background as to how they got their formula, which leaves me unsettled. Some customers love the product; others just plain didn’t enjoy it and it left them with minor side effects like sleep loss, headaches, and dizziness, due to the stimulants present in the ingredients. And it’s pricey.

Overall, there is not enough data to rave about how great this product is, nor enough to pan it to the Seventh Circle of Hell. It hits the middle of the road, and if you are wanting something clean to add to your coffee that may help with weight control, try a little coconut oil by itself. You will ensure yourself no side effects from stimulants, while giving your body a boost of healthy fats to get you through the morning.

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