Last year, I gave up drinking soda forever. More specifically I gave up drinking high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is extremely bad for ones health, and something I no longer want to consume.
On a roadtrip to Madison, WI with my girlfriend I ventured into the energy drink cooler of a gas station and pulled out a Sobe Essential Energy drink. I scanned the ingredients to find no HFCS and I was happy. A new potentially healthy energy drink with no high fructose corn syrup. The drink tasted good but my mouth & tongue had a developed a very familiar slime. At our next pit stop I reexamined the ingredients to find:
What the hell is Crystalline Fructose....it sounded bad.
A big part of this blog is searching for natural sodas & healthy energy drinks that basically serve as a replacement for my craving for coke. While this is obviously an unrealistic dream, it is even more upsetting that products labelling themselves as 'Natural' have unspecified things like Crystalline Fructose in their ingredients.
I did some research.
I found some amazing posts at the Fit Shack about this very same topic. Here is a quote from the fit shacks posts about Crystalline Fructose:
"I have learned that Crystalline Fructose contains 99.5% minimum of fructose assay, which is an even higher percentage of fructose than what makes up HFCS. Another ingredient of crystalline fructose is arsenic. I don't know about you, but I don't care what the amount is (in this case the chemical specs state 1 mg/kg maximum), I don't want to be ingesting arsenic."
The Fit Shack also goes on to list 23 drinks that have Crystalline Fructose in their can or bottle, they are:
Cytomax Sport Drink, FUZE HEALTHY INFUZIONS, FUZE Slender Energy, FUZE Vitalize, Glaceau VitaminWater, HYDRIVE Energy Drink, Inko’s White Tea Energy, IQ H2O, Mistic RE, SoBe Essential Energy, W2O For Women. (this list was borrowed from The Fit Shack which is an amazing post)
Avoid these drinks even more so than the killer sodas. It is a sad day to see so many terrible things in our drinks, we already have disgusting fluoride and prescription drugs in our water.
Do not drink Crystalline Fructose, do not drink High Fructose Corn Syrup and visit The Fit Shack to learn more about what you should be drinking instead.