{"id":605931864370,"title":"Is Crystal Light Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers","created_at":"2023-07-22T23:45:24-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is Crystal Light Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers\",\n \"keywords\": \"is crystal light bad for you, is crystal light good for you, is crystal light unhealthy, is crystal light healthy, crystal light ingredients, crystal light, crystal light pure\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Crystal Light Classics and Crystal Light Pure to give our take on whether or not the popular water flavoring brand is bad for you. 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All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to nutritional choices.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eC\u003c\/span\u003erystal Light is a flavoring packet that’s added to water. The brand highlights the low calorie count, and claims their products can “satisfy your need for sweet refreshment.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is Crystal Light bad for you, or is it a healthy option? What’s actually in Crystal Light and are there any questionable additives like preservatives? Is Crystal Light Pure a healthier option than regular Crystal Light? And why was the brand recently sued about some ingredients used?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Crystal Light and Crystal Light Pure to give our take on whether the flavoring packets are bad for you or if they’re a healthy, low-calorie option.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll highlight a recent lawsuit filed against Crystal Light related to some of the ingredients used in their products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – Crystal Light Classics\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Crystal_Light_Classics_Strawberry_Orange_Banana_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1690084013\" alt=\"Crystal Light Classics ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe “Classics” line is the original Crystal Light product line, and the ingredients in the Strawberry Orange Banana flavor are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a number of ingredients in this formulation that may be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a flavoring additive that’s typically derived from a fungus according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eToxicology Reports\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal. The same review documents that some individuals experience whole-body inflammation after ingesting this compound.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural flavor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eartificial flavor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are broad descriptors that fail to identify the specific flavoring chemicals used. A 2013 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3620743\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e suggests that some flavoring additives and their metabolites may have toxic effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAspartame\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial sweetener that was described as “possibly carcinogenic” in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.who.int\/news\/item\/14-07-2023-aspartame-hazard-and-risk-assessment-results-released\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ereport\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published by the World Health Organization in 2023.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAcesulfame potassium\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial sweetener that’s clinically shown to cause weight gain, as we documented in our article on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-zyns-bad-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis Zyns bad for you\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed 40\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eBlue 1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are artificial colorants, and a 2012 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on the toxicity of food dyes concluded the following:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“...all of the currently used dyes should be removed from the food supply and replaced, if at all, by safer colorings.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Crystal Light Classics to be bad for you. Nearly anything approved for sale as a food product can be harmless in moderation, but this product contains a large number of questionable inactive ingredients and is low in nutritional value.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBefore analyzing the ingredients in Crystal Light Pure (the brand’s healthier product), we’ll explain why Crystal Light was recently sued over their ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhy Was Crystal Light Sued?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn 2022, Crystal Light was the subject of a class-action lawsuit \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/topclassactions.com\/lawsuit-settlements\/consumer-products\/all-natural-products\/crystal-light-class-action-claims-product-has-artificial-flavoring-despite-natural-claims\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e Top Class Actions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe plaintiff alleged that Crystal Light drinks were falsely marketed as natural, while containing an artificial flavor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe don’t believe this lawsuit should concern prospective consumers, because it relates more to marketing than product safety.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhether or not the brand is healthy depends on its ingredients, which we thoroughly overviewed in the previous section so that consumers can make an informed purchase decision.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut is Crystal Light Pure healthier than Crystal Light Classics? We’ll analyze its ingredients in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – Crystal Light Pure\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Crystal_Light_Pure_Raspberry_Lemonade_Optimized.png?v=1690083987\" alt=\"Crystal Light Pure ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in the Raspberry Lemonade flavor of Crystal Light Pure are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis product has a nearly identical formulation to Crystal Light Classics.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCitric acid, aspartame, natural flavor, artificial flavor, acesulfame potassium, Red 40 and Blue 1 are all ingredients we discussed in the previous ingredient analysis section, and are all ingredients we consider to be unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWe do not consider Crystal Light Pure to be healthier than Crystal Light Classics, and would recommend against both products.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Crystal Light Break a Fast?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA health and fitness influencer named Thomas DeLauer reviewed Crystal Light and other flavored water brands to see which ones break a fast, in a video with over 150,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/xozqQsvrUAE\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Crystal Light to be bad for you, especially if consumed regularly.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCrystal Light, like most commercialized food products, can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation, but it contains a number of questionable inactive ingredients that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid entirely.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome of the more notable additives in Crystal Light are aspartame, artificial flavors and artificial food dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is the least healthy water flavoring brand we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not consider Crystal Light Pure to be healthier than Crystal Light Classics.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-07-22T23:53:27-04:00","updated_at":"2023-07-22T23:53:27-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Crystal Light Classics and Crystal Light Pure to give our take on whether or not the popular water flavoring brand is bad for you. 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Is Crystal Light Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers

Is Crystal Light Bad For You? A Dietitian Answers


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice. All statements are merely the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to nutritional choices.

Crystal Light is a flavoring packet that’s added to water. The brand highlights the low calorie count, and claims their products can “satisfy your need for sweet refreshment.”

But is Crystal Light bad for you, or is it a healthy option? What’s actually in Crystal Light and are there any questionable additives like preservatives? Is Crystal Light Pure a healthier option than regular Crystal Light? And why was the brand recently sued about some ingredients used?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Crystal Light and Crystal Light Pure to give our take on whether the flavoring packets are bad for you or if they’re a healthy, low-calorie option.

We’ll highlight a recent lawsuit filed against Crystal Light related to some of the ingredients used in their products.

Ingredient Analysis – Crystal Light Classics

Crystal Light Classics ingredients

The “Classics” line is the original Crystal Light product line, and the ingredients in the Strawberry Orange Banana flavor are shown above.

There are a number of ingredients in this formulation that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Citric acid is a flavoring additive that’s typically derived from a fungus according to a medical review published in the Toxicology Reports journal. The same review documents that some individuals experience whole-body inflammation after ingesting this compound.

Natural flavor and artificial flavor are broad descriptors that fail to identify the specific flavoring chemicals used. A 2013 medical review suggests that some flavoring additives and their metabolites may have toxic effects.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was described as “possibly carcinogenic” in a report published by the World Health Organization in 2023.

Acesulfame potassium is an artificial sweetener that’s clinically shown to cause weight gain, as we documented in our article on is Zyns bad for you.

Red 40 and Blue 1 are artificial colorants, and a 2012 medical review on the toxicity of food dyes concluded the following:

“...all of the currently used dyes should be removed from the food supply and replaced, if at all, by safer colorings.”

Overall, we consider Crystal Light Classics to be bad for you. Nearly anything approved for sale as a food product can be harmless in moderation, but this product contains a large number of questionable inactive ingredients and is low in nutritional value.

Before analyzing the ingredients in Crystal Light Pure (the brand’s healthier product), we’ll explain why Crystal Light was recently sued over their ingredients.

Why Was Crystal Light Sued?

In 2022, Crystal Light was the subject of a class-action lawsuit according to Top Class Actions.

The plaintiff alleged that Crystal Light drinks were falsely marketed as natural, while containing an artificial flavor.

We don’t believe this lawsuit should concern prospective consumers, because it relates more to marketing than product safety.

Whether or not the brand is healthy depends on its ingredients, which we thoroughly overviewed in the previous section so that consumers can make an informed purchase decision.

But is Crystal Light Pure healthier than Crystal Light Classics? We’ll analyze its ingredients in the next section.

Ingredient Analysis – Crystal Light Pure

Crystal Light Pure ingredients

The ingredients in the Raspberry Lemonade flavor of Crystal Light Pure are shown above.

This product has a nearly identical formulation to Crystal Light Classics.

Citric acid, aspartame, natural flavor, artificial flavor, acesulfame potassium, Red 40 and Blue 1 are all ingredients we discussed in the previous ingredient analysis section, and are all ingredients we consider to be unhealthy.

We do not consider Crystal Light Pure to be healthier than Crystal Light Classics, and would recommend against both products.

Does Crystal Light Break a Fast?

A health and fitness influencer named Thomas DeLauer reviewed Crystal Light and other flavored water brands to see which ones break a fast, in a video with over 150,000 views:

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

We consider Crystal Light to be bad for you, especially if consumed regularly.

Crystal Light, like most commercialized food products, can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation, but it contains a number of questionable inactive ingredients that health-conscious consumers may wish to avoid entirely.

Some of the more notable additives in Crystal Light are aspartame, artificial flavors and artificial food dye.

This is the least healthy water flavoring brand we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.

We do not consider Crystal Light Pure to be healthier than Crystal Light Classics.