I’ve been enjoying Crystal Light but I recently learned that it contains aspartame.
I wanted to drink a zero calorie fruit iced tea drink mix powder without aspartame.
So, I looked around for an alternative, and here’s what I found.
In this article, I will explain whether Crystal Light has aspartame in it, what artificial sweetener is used in Crystal Light, whether True Lemon is better than Crystal Light, and whether Crystal Light is as bad as diet soda.
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Does All Crystal Light Have Aspartame in It?
Crystal Light is a popular drink mix that comes in individual sachets, is easy to make, and has zero sugar.
However, is it sweetened with aspartame?
Here’s a table that shows all of their drink mix flavors, and whether they contain aspartame or not:
|Crystal Light Flavor||Does it contain aspartame?|
|Pomegranate Green Tea||Yes|
|Peach Mango Green Tea||Yes|
|Sugar Free Lemonade||Yes|
As you can see, all of the drink mixes that Crystal Light makes other than their Blackberry Lemonbabe contain aspartame.
What Artificial Sweetener Is in Crystal Light?
The nutritional label on some drinks contains a bunch of different chemicals, and it’s not always obvious what they are, and what they do.
So, I’m curious about what artificial sweeteners are used in Crystal Light.
There are a range of other interesting ingredients in Crystal Light that to me looked like artificial sweeteners, however, they are used to preserve the powder, such as acacia gum, and sucralose acetate isobutyrate (soaib).
Here’s a full list of the ingredients of one of their drink powders that contains aspartame:
Crystal Light Pomegranate Green Tea ingredients:
- Citric Acid
- Instant Green Tea
- Malic Acid
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Contains Less Than 2% Of Natural Flavor
- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
- Magnesium Oxide
- Red 40
- Blue 1
*Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine
My overall impression of the ingredients in Crystal Light is that most of them are artificial and it contains no natural flavors or sweeteners.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as I’ll cover in the topic about whether Crystal Light is better than diet soda.
However, they are a good option if you’re trying to cut down on your calorie intake.
However, many people prefer a more all natural option such as True Lemon’s drink mix powders.
Is Crystal Light As Bad as Diet Soda?
Since both Crystal Light and diet soda are both sugar free, you may be curious about whether one is better than the other.
Aspartame has been deemed as safe by Cancer.org, as well as, the FDA.
Coca Cola is the largest producer of sodas in the USA, and sells double the sodas of the 2nd biggest company PepsiCo.
They say that in their diet sodas they use aspartame, however, they also offer diet sodas sweetened with Splenda.
Splenda is a sucralose based artificial sweetener.
So, whether a diet soda contains aspartame, Splenda or some other artificial sweetener depends on the individual diet soda brand.
However, both Splenda and aspartame have been deemed safe for consumption.
The major drawback is that they are heavily processed involving a complex set of chemical reactions.
And some people prefer to consume all natural and organic foods.
A good alternative to artificially sweetened drinks is to drink ones that are sweetened with stevia.
Stevia extract is a natural juice that is ridiculously sweeter than sugar.
But, it also has zero calories.
Is True Lemon Better Than Crystal Light?
True Lemon is the all natural equivalent of Crystal Light, but is it better than Crystal Light?
Some people have concerns about consuming aspartame, and therefore, True Lemon is a better option for them as well.
True Lemon sell a range of flavors which are:
- True Lemon Original Lemonade
- True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade
- True Lime Watermelon Limeade
- True Lemon Peach Iced Tea
All of them are sweetened with stevia extract, which is the juice of the stevia plant. Stevia is native to South America and grows a small bush, with green leaves about the size of your little finger.
If you compare a teaspoon of sugar to a teaspoon of stevia extract, the stevia is 200 times sweeter than the sugar.
Doing some rough math, you would use about 0.05% the amount of stevia, compared to sugar to get the same sweetening power.
On top of that True Lemon drink mix flavors contain all natural ingredients.
And you can make it just as easily as Crystal Light.
You can add hot or cold water, and make it as strong or weak as you like for a delicious hot or cold beverage.
On top of that you can add other ingredients to it just as freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.
You can also mix it with about ¼ of a cup of water and use it as a soda syrup.
To make you’re own soda add it a glass of soda water. It can also be used as a snow cone or shaved ice syrup.
Is Using Crystal Light Bad for You?[/su_heading]
Because Crystal Light contains aspartame and other artificial flavors it’s understandable that it might not be that good for you, however, is it safe to drink Crystal Light?
It’s generally not a good idea to consume diet sodas and crystal light on the same day, as it will give you a large dose of aspartame.
A naturally sweetened soda contains sugar.
The amount of sugar in soda means you should only drink one to two cups of it per day.
Otherwise, you will be consuming too much sugar.
When you do that consistently it leads to long-term negative health effects such as type 2 diabetes.
Therefore, it’s safe to assume that the sweetener in Crystal light is similar to the levels of sugar used in sugar sweetened sodas like Coca Cola Classic, and Pepsi.
So, Crystal Light isn’t bad for you provided you don’t drink too much of it.
You could for example drink Crystal Light one day, and drink diet soda the next day.
There have as yet been no long-term studies into the effects of consuming a high amount of aspartame or other artificial sweeteners every day.
So, in my opinion, it’s best to err on the side of caution and balance it out by consuming it in moderation. And not drinking only Crystal Light instead of water.
Does It Still Count As Water if I Put Crystal Light in It?
You’ve likely heard the old adage “make sure you drink 8 glasses of water a day”.
And it is recommended by nutritionists and medical professionals.
But, if you add Crystal Light to water does it count as 1 of your eight glasses of water?
However, much like sodas, you should not drink them exclusively instead of water because of the high sugar content.
Similarly, you shouldn’t consume Crystal Light exclusively as it contains levels of artificial sweetener that are the same strength as sugar.
And therefore, because it’s an artificial chemical, the long term effects of consuming a high amount of it aren’t yet known.
So, it’s best to balance it out with other drinks during the day.
Such as coffee, tea, and fruit or vegetable juice.