It’s getting hot, and people are drinking more to keep their bodies hydrated. Water – as we all know – is the greatest hydration solution ever created. But some people simply can’t stand the (non) taste.
For those watching their weight, artificially sweetened beverages or drink mixes abound. Crystal Light, a powder mix from Kraft, has been around for ages. But recently a new form factor has become very popular – liquid flavoring mixes.
Experience Endless Flavor Possibilities
With 6 flavors (ICED TEA, PEACH BELLINI, POMTINI, STRAWBERRY LEMONADE, MANGO PASSIONFRUIT, BLUEBERRY RASPBERRY).
Nowhere on the Crystal Light Liquid website is there a mention of the nutrition facts or ingredients in this product, but thankfully a Fooducate community member has sent us the info.
Can you guess which of the six flavors above is represented by the ingredient list below:
Water, malic acid, propylene glycol, citric acid, contains less than 2% natural flavor, sucralose and acesulfame potassium (sweeteners), potassium citrate, red 40, blue 1, potassium sorbate (preservative)
It’s the blueberry raspberry flavor. Couldn’t you tell by the artificial colors added (red 40 for raspberry, blue 1 for blueberry)?
You know you should stay away from a product if the small print says
Natural Flavor with Other Natural Flavor.
Although the flavor is “natural”, there’s nothing too natural, or healthy, about 2 different types of artificial sweeteners, and 2 different artificial colors being used here. There’s also a decent chance that the “natural” raspberry flavor comes from a beaver’s butt. Seriously.
By the way, the ingredients in Crystal Light Liquid are identical to those of Mio Water:
Water, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Malic Acid, Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium (Sweeteners), Potassium Citrate, Red 40, Blue 1, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)
Why would Kraft make the same exact product but package and market it as 2 separate product lines? The answer is market segmentation. Crystal light is for the older set, and Mio caters to the young ones.
Young or old, you’d be foolish to consume these products. Let us help you learn to love water by reading this.