Crystal Light

NJEAGLE
By NJEAGLE Latest Reply 2008-12-20 20:47:38 -0600
Started 2008-12-07 23:35:11 -0600

Is Crystal Light good to drink? What are some other good drinks? Please help this is all new to me.


22 replies

NormaJean
NormaJean 2008-12-20 20:47:38 -0600 Report

For me the best thing for you to drink is WATER,lots of it.I also drink a lot of tea namely Lipton-original,apple and cinnamon,cinnamon tea, ginger tea and there's also Wyler's Lights in asst'd.flavors ,Hawaiian punch sugar free single's to go,I don't know if these products are available where you are.

Avera
Avera 2008-12-09 22:52:18 -0600 Report

Howdy!

One day in my doctor's office I saw an ad in Good Housekeeping Magazine for this new product. I am going to cut and paste what they say about it…

"ZEVIA® carbonated stevia supplement is the world's only all natural sugar free alternative to diet soda! With less than a single calorie, no artificial sweetener, sodium or fat, ZEVIA® stevia supplement is available in three varieties: ZEVIA® Natural Cola, ZEVIA® Natural Orange, and lemon-lime ZEVIA® Natural Twist. ZEVIA®carbonated stevia supplement contains the healthiest ingredients available. All pure, all natural, ZEVIA® carbonated stevia supplement is Nature's Answer to Diet Soda®.

I sent off for a sample. They sent me a six pack for six dollars and some change which included shipping. Actually it was really good with no aftertaste at all.

I even heard the other day that Coke and some other soft drink makers are going to start using the stevia in their drinks. I sure hope that Coke does, because this was a great soft drink.

Here is the link in case you want to check it out.

http://www.zevia.com/products_about.html

Avera

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-10 09:07:42 -0600 Report

I had watched a video about Zevia and how they worked around the FDA to get the product out to people. It is really expensive right now, but as competition comes on board that should help. Though I have to say with the economy as it is, soda is a luxury item right now.

Avera
Avera 2008-12-10 23:08:14 -0600 Report

You are surely right about it being a luxury. I did notice in the grocery stores that all the "main" brands are supposed to be having a sale right now for the holidays. I don't drink any of those main brands because of what they are sweetened with. I just drink tea sweetened with Stevia almost all the time. I really like the "lite" orange juice they make now, but it is also expensive and I'd still have to use it as a fruit becuase of the high carbs.

Gabby,
What kind of herbal teas do you use and what tastes the best with the Agave Nectar in it? I've never tried that but would like to if it has a good taste.

Avera

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-11 14:16:03 -0600 Report

I use the Celestial Seasonings. I personally like the Camomile and vanilla one. I also drink the fruty ones, like rasberry and cherry. I like those hot or cold. I just recently got the mango and acacia berry and find it too strong when I drink it hot, so I like that one cold. The agave or stevia taste great in any of them.

jaclyncrystal
jaclyncrystal 2008-12-08 19:52:30 -0600 Report

I was advised by health food lady that Nestle products are better for you than crystal light. Did you all hear on the news a couple of days ago that stevia in the form mentioned here is going to be a sweetner now used by coke and other companies. jackie

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-08 17:26:30 -0600 Report

I have a soap box to stand on for this issue...so take as you like.

Before being diagnosed, I used to drink diet soada, diet teas, and flavored sugar free waters. I ate sugar free jellos and sugar free gum. The list goes on. I cleaned house and all those things are gone now.

I don't drink or eat anything with Nutrasweet, aspertame, surculose or splenda in them. "Sugar Free" means stay away to me. It was hard at first, I used to cosume it all the time. Not any more. Those things are just poision to your body.

Now I use Stevia, Agave Nectar and on occassion xylitol. I also use raw sugar in small quantities. I would much rather something natural than artificial. I have posted some reviews on a book that address this.

I drink a lot of herbal teas with a teaspoon of agave in them. I drink water with lime juice and stevia (very refreshing) No diet drinks, no sugar free creamers in my coffee...I just stay away from all of that.

Okay, I'm done now. You can take the soap box away.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-08 17:37:44 -0600 Report

Ok your points are well taken. But I cannot do without my Splenda for my coffee. Or my honey in tea. I enjoy Crystal Light. To each his own. Do what works for you. But I do not have much that I do drink so I will keep my Splenda. LOL

2catty
2catty 2008-12-08 17:59:00 -0600 Report

Truvia is also made from the stevia leaves. This product is all natural and taste great. I love it in Iced tea.

marla3300
marla3300 2008-12-08 21:39:46 -0600 Report

Gabby, I wish I were as strong as you are in this. I am a weak person, so even though I beleive that these artificial sweetners are bad for us, I still drink them. I am going to find a box of Stevia and start using it.
Thanks for being a strong willed person!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-12-09 09:56:23 -0600 Report

It really isn't that I am so strong willed, it just scared me enough to act. I thought I was going to miss my soad, but I really don't. The one thing that is hard to find is gum to chew. So I have resorted to altoids. I am glad that I like tea and I usually order that if I am out.

I tell you, if you read some books on it, you won't be so hesatant. I am not as reactive to it as some people are, but I felt SOOOO MUCH better after I quit eating it. I have less cravings for carbs too, and that saves my butt big time.

We did it cold turkey. Threw it all out. It is not the worst thing in the world to be cosuming, but I just figured if I was going to change my lifestyle, I was going to do it all. I got rid of hydroginated oils and high fructose corn syrups too. I did some posts a while back on trans fats, very interesting. Check that one out too, if you like.

That is one of the things I love about this site. It gives me the strength to do things like that. I read a post that sparked my interest, lead to my research and there you have it. New convictions. There is a lot about our lifestyle that needs to change so we can have better control, that was one that I am glad I made.

Headsup
Headsup 2008-12-09 21:42:02 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, I am turned off aspertame and others because of the research done that points to them for causing Alsheimers (SPELLING?) and what is that thing kids are diagnosed with these days????? Well I guess I should have kept my mouth shut until I could think of it. Well anyway, it scared me bad. I'm sure you all know someone with the "old timers" disease. My mom is on meds for it now. I would rather do without sweets than end up not knowing who I am or who my loved ones are. Although I wouldn't mind forgetting a few…thats another story. LOL

2008-12-09 22:02:28 -0600 Report

I am on the same soapbox as Gabby. I am hypersensitive to aspartame and it's now listed as an allergy by all my doctors. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 3 years ago and at that time could hardly walk to the mailbox and I still had to work. Well, after years of grueling physical therapy, massage therapy and twice daily muscle relaxers, not to mention thousands of dollars out of my pocket, my son the aspiring doctor told me to quit the aspartame and see if it helped. So I did the house cleaning like Gabby did, out went everything with aspartame in it and I no longer consumed it. Well, the aspiring doctor was right, within 1 week I was feeling much better, no more fatigue and within a month the symptoms of Fibromyalgia were 90% gone. I saw my rheumotologist and he examined me and was astonished that I was pain free and hadn't had a Fibro fog or fatigue day in a month. I have continued to avoid it and now it's 100% gone after 7 months. Not one issue with it so far and since then I've had two separate female surgeries a month a part and it didn't retrigger any of the pain or fatigue. My doctor is now having all his Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and MS patients eliminate aspartame from their diets to see if it helps at least some of them. He said the research goes both ways on it and it seems for now that it is believed that not everyone is sensitive to it but when you are, you really are. So drink your soda's, tea's, and juices if you want, it's a personal choice but poison is poison.. stepping off the soapbox now. :)

marla3300
marla3300 2008-12-08 00:06:24 -0600 Report

Crystal Light is made by Kraft Foods and usually is a 5 calorie per 8 fluid ounces flavored drink which contains aspartame. They also make Crystal Light Energy which contains 60mg of caffeine per serving or 120mg caffeine per packet. Currently they are preparing newer beverages with the sweetener sucralose.
I have been informed from different sources aspartame is not healthy for you, but it is a tradeoff between choosing a low calorie taste good drink and maintaining your sugar levels and the potential or slight probability of slowly poisoning yourself with a neurotoxin substance which is detrimental to your nervous system. Also some persons are allergic to aspartame. Sucralose aka Splenda remains controversial as well. The only difference between the two, Sucralose and aspartame is you can cook with sucralose.
I am under the belief if you try it and you don’t have an immediate reaction, such as blurred vision or your kidneys shut down, and you enjoy the taste of the product, go for it. For me I would rather choose a sweet tasting product which helps me keep my diabetes under control, than worry about the unproven and controversial neurotoxins.
I find some of the Crystal Light’s too sweet and will add extra water to cut down the taste. This helps also in making the product last longer and cut down on the expense.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-12-08 15:43:52 -0600 Report

You know what I do. I mix a tablespoon of lemonade crystal light with a cup of hot tea. On a cold day it is great. I love the sunrise one. It is better than orange juice. I do not drink soda so I drink crystal light and tea hot or cold and coffee.

2008-12-08 17:53:17 -0600 Report

Marla3300,
Thank you, I got a lot out of your reply/
I am done drinking anything with aspartame, since it it does a person know good. Nice hearing from you!!
Nancy

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