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Are the flavor drink packets good for me?

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Are the flavor drink packets good for me?

So here’s the deal… most of the flavor drink packs typically have little to no nutritional value. The upside, some flavor to you water without all the junk in most drinks. Just because the marketing looks healthy on many options, does not mean that it is!

They will not derail your nutrition and do provide more flavor options so you do not get bored. With all of the heat many of us experience, it’s a way to hydrate yourself when you are not in the mood for water. Any way we can help to hydrate with less junk being put into your body the better. Realize though that water and other drink options do not necessarily provide these either.

Most only contain 5-15 calories per drink. Many of the products offered are artificially sweetened so there are 0 grams of sugar (however I’m going to tell you a new option I found), 0 grams of fat, and 0-20 grams of sodium.

Did you know however, many of these flavor packs contain ingredients linked to health risks that possibly link to cancer (aspartame and acesulfame potassium). Aspartame may also contribute to neurological issues as well. Colorings are another concern in products that are linked to causing allergies Red 40 and Blue 1. Also the public has been advised by CSPI to avoid Yellow 5&6 as they are linked to cancer/tumors.

I am excited to say we recently found an option that some manufactures are now creating, it’s a natural option in flavor packets. They are made with Stevia instead of aspartame, no acesulfame potassium and have no artificial colorings. Have the need for a carbonated drink? Mix with club soda instead of water. Love your drinks at a lower risk and enjoy!!

 

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