If I come across as annoyed. I am.
One sip and I knew I screwed up. Big time! Sweeter than fruit juice. Like really disgusting. The artificial sweetener left a repugnant after taste. It was late in the evening and I was upstairs in the bedroom all ready to chill, but that didn’t stop me from racing downstairs half naked to examine the label.
If you are new to Lexa’s Journal, about two months ago, I moved over 700 miles away from what has been home to me for 50 years. I’m becoming acquainted with the grocery stores in my new home town. Successfully finding my favorite brands is tricky. The store didn’t have my favorite brand, so I settled (too quickly) on the store brand.
I wasn’t wearing my reading glasses. Too quickly scanning the label resulted in a major faux pas. I mistakenly saw all zeros under the Nutritional Facts, so I missed the 10mg of sodium (per serving).
Four (4) servings per bottle are 40mg of sodium!
Water should NOT contain sodium. But that’s not what literally irked me. Keep reading.
Nine ingredients in a bottle of flavored water is unacceptable!!
Gimmie a break! By the way, it’s peach flavored. Do you see peaches anywhere in the ingredient list? Nope! Ugh!!
- Carbonated Water
- Citric Acid
- Malic Acid
- Potassium Citrate
- Potassium Benzoate (Preservative)
- Acesulfame Potassium
- Natural Flavor
Most of the ingredients are additives that enhance the flavor. It’s the flavor of Sucralose that set off my taste buds’ bells and whistles!! Sucralose is an artificial sweetener. Search the net and you will find plenty of articles debating the facts and opinions about the safety and risk of artificial sweeteners. I’m not interested.
I don’t want any forms of artificial sweeteners in anything I consume, especially my water. So if I can’t find my receipts to return the muck, I’ll take the loss and trash the remaining three bottles.
Sometimes late evening (after dinner), I enjoy sipping sparkling water from a large wine glass. It’s a mental thing (substitute for wine) but it works for me.
Below is the label from the brand of sparkling water that I usually drink. Look at the difference in the labels. There are only two ingredients and… there is no sodium in the water. Of course, the “natural flavor” isn’t defined but I’ll still take this over nasty muck with nine ingredients.
The point of this post is to encourage you to stay diligent; read the both the nutritional and ingredient labels. Oh and, if you wear reading glasses, carry them with you.
When you eliminate specific elements from your diet and you unknowingly consume it, in most cases, you will know. You will either taste it or, if you pay close attention, you will notice that your body will adversely respond. You may experience bloating, an upset stomach, a headache or something else. In my situation, the strong and phony taste of sugar captured my attention.
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Peace and love.