Crystal Light Liquid – A New Way to Ruin Your Water?

Crystal Light Liquid

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.

It began with Mio, a new product launched by Kraft in 2011 (we wrote about it here and here). An now there is Crystal Light Liquid, offering consumers the chance to

Experience Endless Flavor Possibilities


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)

Give up?

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.

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  • Alyssa

    I used to love crystal light and other flavored waters and bought them in every form and flavor available. The pitcher size and water bottle size packets and the liquid drops.
    When I started eating real food, it took me a while to realize these fake water flavorings were not on the list. I stopped using them and switched to plain water, sometimes flavored with mint leaves or citrus.
    I was cleaning out my pantry the other day and came across a few leftover packets. I tried one just for fun and found that I couldn’t stand the taste anymore. I didn’t like the overly bright color, either.
    If you’re in love with these products and don’t think you can leave them out of your water, I’m here to say you can! You’ll be surprised how much you love actual water once you get these out of your system. My new favorite way to flavor water is with a grapefruit slice and a few mint leaves. I’ll never go back.

    • Fooducate

      Good for you Alyssa! Thanks for your inspiration.

    • Jen

      I also used to drink crystal light and other stuff like that. Diet coke, Propel, a lot of stuff with artificial sweeteners and other chemicals loaded into it. I pretty slowly started reducing my dependence on them, drinking more tea (unsweetened or sometimes with just a little sugar), plain water, or flavored seltzer (also unsweetened). I also like the flavored bottled waters like Hint and Metromint – no sugar or other sweeteners, just natural flavorings. Even for people who don’t like plain water, there are lots of other choices that don’t involve a lot of chemicals and artificial sweeteners. I also find that diet sodas and crystal light-type products are too sweet for me now.

  • Cactus_Wren

    Drop a few coriander seeds into your bottle or jug! They add a lovely spicy-orange aroma and flavor to the water.

    • Fooducate

      Interesting, never tried that!

  • mznuluv

    I stopped buying them after I realized the artificial sweeteners over work the bladder and kept me using the bathroom all night.

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  • James

    The difference between CL and Mio is caffeine, by the way. Not market segmentation.

    • Clay

      If that’s the case, which has the caffeine? And why wouldn’t you tell us??

      • Jamie

        not true…of the whole Mio line, there are only two types that include energy which are black cherry and green thunder. they are called Mio Energy. all of the other Mio products are caffeine free like crystal light.

        • HandsOffMyUterus

          Sounds good. Didn’t realize they had energy versions of that–I may have to try it for a midday zap. :)

          • geekybryan

            okay – so everyone stopped! What was the benefit? I don’t see a single person saying… My headaches went away, I got thin, etc. So, what benefit does stopping Crystal Light or MIO make?

  • HandsOffMyUterus

    And yet, none of this will actually kill you. Moderation in all things, people. Moderation in all things.

  • Evie

    I love this stuff. I HATE Water, I HATE HATE HATE It. I cannot stand “Infusing” it with berries or some other plant. It never works for me, It just tastes like water…with a spec of flavor – but not enough to overcome my disdain for water. So I bought this stuff. I stopped drinking Pop (which I was downing 4-5 Mt. Dews a day) and switching to water and Crystal Light Liquid. Haven’t looked back, and yes I do pee a lot but I’m also drinking 5-6 bottles of water a day. 1-2 baby squirts is enough to keep me happy…. Maybe I’m crazy, but I like it.

  • Chrissy Bachmann Mead

    The liquid versions are disgusting.