On the journey from soft drinks to water, many dieters stop at the milestone known as flavored waters. Some dieters opt for relatively low-cost powders that are added to water. One popular brand of flavored powder is Crystal Light.
For dieters interested in healthy weight loss, the word “Natural” are reassuring. Crystal Light touts itself as “NATURAL PINK LEMONADE” in bold letters, followed by a fine print: “Flavor with Other Natural Flavor”.
The Kraft owned brand recently received a warning letter from consumer watchdog group CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) claiming that
“Crystal Light’s “Natural” lemonade and iced tea mixes contain several decidedly unnatural ingredients.”
CSPI is threatening legal action. Kraft claims that it is abiding by the law in its marketing and labeling practices.
How to decide who is telling the truth? We tried to look up ingredient information on Crystal Light’s website. If Kraft is not hiding anything, why doesn’t the ingredient list appear on its website? Luckily, the information is available on Fooducate’s app and website:
Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Maltodextrin, Aspartame, Magnesium Oxide, Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Color, Red 40.
As you can see, there is nothing natural about this chemical mix. Kraft’s lawyers and marketers may have covered their legal bases, but from a consumer perspective, there is more than a drop of deceit in this product.
If you must drink sweetened waters, shoot for the ones that are sweetened with stevia or monk fruit. But really, do you taste buds a favor – switch to unsweetened water. Here are some tips.