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Nondairy Creamers

The 66 bus driver claims that as a kid he used "nondairy creamers" to make fun stuff that burns.

The best I could come up with is that it is a very fine powder and it burns will when mixed with air. Mythbusters did some stuff on this.

The main part of it are

  • sodium caseinate
  • dipotassium phosphate = phosphoric acid,
  • Sodium Stearyl Lactylate
none of which are really explosive or burn well.

The principal ingredients in all of these nondairy creamers are sugars and vegetable oils. The three brands contain partially hydrogenated oils loaded with trans fats. The Coffee-mate label indicates the oil could be any of the following: coconut, palm kernel, soybean, cottonseed, or safflower. The sugars are a combination of corn syrup, maltodextrin, and sugar.

All three brands contain sodium caseinate. The sodium caseinate's purpose is to provide a hint of dairy flavor as well as to create a thickening and whitening for a creamy look and feel. Sodium caseinate is obtained from fresh and pasteurized skim milk by acid coagulation of the casein, neutralization with sodium hydroxide, and drying in a spray dryer.

Common among the nondairy creamers is dipotassium phosphate (a powder used to moderate coffee acidity), mono and diglycerides (to prevent oil separation), and natural and artificial flavors and colors.

The Ingredients

Partially Hydrogenated Soybean/Cottonseed Oil; Palm Oil: Heldman says that these oils are used in place of milk fat. They deliver the creamy texture and some of the rich, fatty flavor of cream.

Sugar; Corn Syrup; Sodium Stearyl Lactylate∗: “Any sweetness that you pick up in dairy products is from the lactose,” explains Heldman; these ingredients are used to mimic this naturally occurring flavor.

Sodium Caseinate: This is a milk protein, to give “flavor and texture,” says Heldman.

Mono- and Diglycerides: Additional fats to help give the product texture.

Dipotassium Phosphate: “I’m making an assumption that this is an ingredient used in lieu of a natural salt that would be in cream,” says Heldman. “I don’t believe there is any preservative aspect.”

Carrageenan: Often referred to on ingredients lists as a “stabilizer,” Heldman explains that this is an emulsifier that prevents the creamer from separating.

Magnesium Tablets

He also claims that magnesium tables contain magnesium and burn very well.

I did a google on this and found that magnesium tables do contain magnesium, but not pure metal magnesium. Probably magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide or magnesium glycinate/lysinate chelate, none which burn well or are explosive.

Another myth busted.

Finest Natural Magnesium 250 mg, Tablets

Magnesium Oxide Tablets USP

Magnesium Hydroxide Chewable Tablets

as magnesium glycinate/lysinate chelate


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