Do you drink Crystal Light, thinking it’s healthier than soda? Find out why you should not drink Crystal Light and learn about a natural alternative.
We all care about our health and want to make the best decisions possible, right? One decision people often make when trying to get their health on track is to quit drinking soda and other sugary drinks. In that transition period, a lot of people turn to alternatives like Crystal Light (or diet soda), thinking they are making healthier choices.
Sadly, that decision is one that does nothing to improve health and nutrition. In fact, you may be causing yourself more harm than good. The ingredients in Crystal Light are far from desirable.
Here are the ingredients for the Crystal Light Pink Lemonade flavor:
Citric Acid, Potassium Citrate, Maltodextrin, +Aspartame, Magnesium Oxide, Contains Less Than 2% Of Natural Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, ++Soy Lecithin, Artificial Color, Red 40.
+Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine ++Contains: Soy
Let’s go through these ingredients:
Citric Acid. Most people assume citric acid is safe because it can come from citrus fruits. Unfortunately the citric acid in most foods is created in a lab as it’s too expensive to extract it from fruit. Citric acid is produced using a mold, Aspergillus niger, that is grown on carbohydrates like (GMO) corn or sugar beets. Aspergillus niger is often genetically modified itself to increase yields as well. Sound natural or safe? I’ll stay away.
Potassium Citrate. Potassium citrate is generally considered safe for most people. However, it often contains inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions. Some health conditions and medication use require caution when using potassium citrate.
Maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is an alternative sweetener derived from corn, which is most often genetically modified.
Aspartame. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is responsible for more than 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives that are reported to the FDA. Many of these adverse reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.
Magnesium Oxide. Magnesium is something a majority of the population is deficient in. There are a lot of different types of magnesium though. Magnesium oxide is a non-chelated type of magnesium, which is bound to an organic acid or a fatty acid. It contains 60% magnesium, but it not as easily absorbed as other types of magnesium. It also has stool softening properties.
Natural Flavor. This mystery ingredient could be almost anything, including Castoreum, which is the secretion from the castor sacs of beavers.
Soy Lecithin. An emulsifier generally considered safe, Soy Lecithin is typically made from GMO soy.
Acesulfame Potassium. Acesulfame Potassium is another artificial sweetener. It can aggravate reactive hypoglycemia and has been shown to cause lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors in other organs, several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in multiple rodent studies, even when doses given were below the maximum allowed.
Artificial Color. There is nothing good to say about artificial colors. They can cause behavioral problems in people who are sensitive to them.
Red 40. This is the artificial food color that is most commonly associated with reactions.
After reading through what the different ingredients actually are, do you think Crystal Light is something you should be drinking?
I’m going to assume you answered no, but you’re wondering what you should drink instead. Fortunately I have a natural alternative to suggest to those of you who might have trouble just drinking water on its own while you’re transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.
Natural Calm is a magnesium supplement made from magnesium citrate, a form of magnesium that is especially easy for your body to absorb. Since less than 30% of adults in the U.S. consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium, and nearly 20% of us only get half of the magnesium we need each day to remain healthy, it is generally considered safe to consume Natural Calm daily. Not only does it taste good, but it can help you correct a magnesium deficiency if you have one.
It comes in a variety of flavors, including Raspberry Lemonade, Cherry, Orange, Sweet Lemon and Unflavored. I love to mix it into water, juice or kombucha for variety. I also like to drink it with my electrolytes. The kids even love it.
Ingredients: Ionic magnesium citrate (created from a highly absorbable proprietary blend of citric acid and magnesium carbonate), organic raspberry and lemon flavors and organic stevia.
So instead of reaching for drink mixes full of chemicals and GMOS, reach for something healthier – like Natural Calm – this summer.
More recently, I tried the Garden of Life Magnesium Powder and also love it! In addition to magnesium, it has probiotics in it. Something many of us can use more of!