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WHat is everyone's thoughts on the crystal light ( walmart) no calorie flavor packets that you add to water?

Are they okay and should you limit them perday?  I can drink a lot more water with these added.
Edited Jun 26 2007 23:22 by united2gether
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Good question.  Since I gave up Coke a month ago, I've been drinking Crystal Light nonstop.  I've been worried about the artificial sweetners affecting both my weight loss and my health in general.

I don't know the answer.
I hope they are okay cuz MAN are they ever AWESOME!!!!  The pink lemonade one?  YUM!!!!!!!!

I now drink water (I hate plain water)!!!!  I usually only have 1-2 per day of the ones for individual bottles.  I use the crystal light and the wal-mart brand too.

oh oh!  the raspberry...... oooooooooooooo!  *adds to my water*

(sometimes I think they make my stomach a bit upset, but nothing a zantac won't handle)
I personally do not like them, they contain Asphartane which according to research is really really bad for you.

I prefer the natural approach, I get a hugejug of water, then I add slices of Lemon, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit, even strawberrys and let it sit in the fridge and infuse. I top up the water when it gets low and change the fruit every couple of days, it gives the water a really nice citrus twist, its no calories and its good for you.

Another way is to add Lemon or Lime juice to your water.
Crystal Lights On The Go and the Walmart brand are really awesome to me.  I have a whole zip-lock bag full of different flavors for here at work. Im the same with plain water, I just cant do it. The only time I drink it plain is after my workout. I freeze my water and drink it while I workout, nothing else is more refreshing. Anyways about the CL. You should try the Orange Sunrise Flavor. It really is DELISH!!. I love it, to date its my fave. It tastes exactly like Tang. Hope that helps

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I use both Crystal Light and Walmart brand. At least three a day. (Especially the Green Tea flavor). I'm still losing weight. Nothing wrong with it. ....
The crystal light brand is really good, and I don't think that it contains Asphartane, I think it is made from Splenda which is derived from sugar. But has no calories or sugar. There is no way that I could drink all my daily water without it!! :)
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I think you all are trying to say Aspartame, not Asphartane, lol. I limit myself on Crystal Light because I'm also concerned with Aspartame being linked to conditions of the brain. There definitely needs to be more research done on artificial sweeteners. I do my best to stick with regular water but every now and then I drink Crystal Light Strawberry Kiwi (yum) or Lipton Diet Green Tea to break up the monotony of water ;)
I drink Crystal Light daily for over a month now (The Raspberry Green tea flavor or Blueberry White tea).  It helps increase my  water intake :)  I doesn't interfer with my weight loss at all.

It's made with aspartame not splenda.  I wish they use splenda (like other brands) because my body is used to splenda (have been using it for many years as sugar replacement).  I'm scared of the report and research a little but so far my health has been pretty good for the past years (except for anemia -_-')
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personally I hate them because I don't like the artificial colours and sweeteners - ew. I drink tons of plain old water. It's better than coke though
hmm. i was thinking about trying them, but like other posters,  i dont like aritifical colours or sweetners. Actually. i dont mind sweetners too much but bf wont let me have them :D hehe sometime's he's healthier than me.

but i can only drink about 1.5 L of water a day by itself. I'm trying to push myself to drink more but its hard.

I have tried the lemon/lime slices etc. but i find it too tasteless, and when i add in lemon juice to get a stronger taste, i get more canker sores, and im afraid for my teeth!

My solution to those stuff is buy some grape or cranberry juice and freeze them into ice cubes. When I need to drink more water and am sick of plain, i stick a couple in the glass to cool it down (usually i drink warm water), and when it melts completely the water has more of a taste than lemon/lime slices. I guess im used to drinking diluted juices, but maybe that will help some of you ^^ apple juice also works good, but avoid orange juice. It's too gross diluted.
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Both aspertame and splenda are horrible for you.  Besides the obvious side effects of aspertame, splenda is thought to be just as bad.  They are both artificial and chemicals, and, well, in my opinion (I am only 18..I am no mother yet) you should limit yourself.  I get very little sleep so I research this stuff and bookmark it for the future when I'm bored. :-/

Splenda:
  • bloating  - I've experienced
  • abdominal pain  - I've experienced
  • gas, sometimes painful  - I've experienced
  • nausea  - I've experienced
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea  - I've experienced
  • headaches  - I've experienced
  • migraines (severe headaches)
  • heart palpitations (fluttering, irregular heartbeats)
  • shortness of breath 
  • depression - Oh god have I experienced 
  • anxiety and panic attacks - I've experienced
  • spaced-out or drugged sensation - I've experienced
  • joint pain, especially in the knees
  • dizziness - I've experienced

Any of the ones that "- I've experienced" mean that after consuming about six onthego packets of crystal light (do as I say, not as a I do...) I've noticed an increased aggitation (I have bipolar, yes... but I do not have IBS!) or, like, a sensitivity to splenda perhaps.  Heres another fun fact:

60% of respondents claim that they do use Splenda, and have never noticed any problems. 30% say they don't use the product at all, while another 10% claim they do use Splenda, and have noticed side effects.

- http://www.slashfood.com/2007/03/22/is-splend a-causing-side-effects/



And another that everyone should know: 

The FDA allows food companies to lie on their product, basically.  Anything less than 5 calories per serving, can be marketed as 'no calorie'.  How do you think cooking spray made from pure fatty oil can magically contain no calories?  Because the serving size is like, one fourth of a second spray.  One fourth of a second! Might as well save your money and get the same result.  The calories toll up, and no one has any idea.

That basically boils down to: A serving size of splenda is like, 2 tsps.  For that serving, it's about five or less calories, which they can market as 'zero calorie'.  Imagine how many calories are in a cup and a half, the any amount used for baking? So much for 'no-calorie'.
Bah- they do nothing bad to me, and until I see negative effects, I'll keeop on drinking them. : P
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I say you're OK in moderation... If you drink too much of anything (except water) you're going to experiance some kind of uneasyness or side affects... 1-2 servings of artificial sweatners is probably better than regular sugar- but just don't overdo it. : D

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Original Post by britishvixen21:

I personally do not like them, they contain Asphartane which according to research is really really bad for you.

I prefer the natural approach, I get a hugejug of water, then I add slices of Lemon, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit, even strawberrys and let it sit in the fridge and infuse. I top up the water when it gets low and change the fruit every couple of days, it gives the water a really nice citrus twist, its no calories and its good for you.

Another way is to add Lemon or Lime juice to your water.

how can you be saying that research says its bad for you when you completely spelled it wrong? its aspartame

I LOVE them!!!!  I generally get the Walmart brand; much cheaper.  If it weren't for these drink powders, I wouldn't be drinking anything.  I don't like water, and I gave up my three-four Coke-a-day habit back in April.  I like the peach tea, raspberry, and lemonade flavors, in particular.  Several months ago, I bought a 24-bottle case of the small bottles of water for mixing.  I kept some of the bottles and use them for my powdered drinks and keep 8-10 of them ready-to-drink in the fridge all the time.

A couple of weeks ago, I also discovered Bigelow spice Chai tea bags.  I brew a cup, add a couple packets of Splenda and two tablespoons of fat-free milk.  Tastes like the chai tea from Starbucks, which is so darned expensive and loaded with calories.  Mine is only 11 calories (from the milk).  It's really yummy! 

mmm chai sounds amazing...where do you get that?

It really is delicious, mxochihua.  I found it at Vons down here in the San Diego area.  I think you'd be able to get it at most major grocery stores.  I hope you can find it and that you enjoy it.  Laughing  If you've ever had Starbuck's chai tea, you'll see what I mean.

I love the crystal light packs too! I recently found one that has 3g of fiber in it which is awesome because I sometimes have trouble getting all my fiber in.  I used to drink the Wal-Mart brand ones too, but recently I started buying the target brand ones and I like those more than the crystal light, or wal-mart brand.  lol. 

I often have a fiber problem, too.  I'll look for the Crystal Light with fiber.  Hadn't heard of that.  Have to stick to Walmart, though.  Smile Won't shop at Target.  Thanks for the heads-up on the fiber Crystal Light, though.

Original Post by hehehahe:

I love the crystal light packs too! I recently found one that has 3g of fiber in it which is awesome because I sometimes have trouble getting all my fiber in.  I used to drink the Wal-Mart brand ones too, but recently I started buying the target brand ones and I like those more than the crystal light, or wal-mart brand.  lol. 

do the target ones have aspartame in them?

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