It’s been FOREVER since posting a Food Find. For those that are newer readers, Food Finds are products I spy at my local grocery store that I feel the need to pass on. These aren’t to be confused Product Reviews which are sent to me for the explicit purpose of reviewing. I’m not sure why, but I feel the need to distinguish. :)
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to post about these drink since discovering them a few weeks back. I was in line at my local Redner’s dying of thirst when these ‘Function’ drinks caught my eye. They reminded me of Life Water and all the other new non-carbonated beverages that seem to be filling the shelves fortified with vitamins, minerals, herbs n’ "stuff".
When I saw they had a "Light Weight" line I had to give one a try. Even though I’m a water drinker through and through I do enjoy a sweetened beverage now and then. So I picked up a Pink Grapefruit. I was pleasantly surprised. It was sweet but not too sweet and the ingredients actually didn’t scare me.
Water, Citric Acid, Apple Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Purple Carrot Juice Concentrate, Green Tea Catechins, Calcium Carbonate, Acesulfame Potassium, Caffeine, Gymnema Sylvestre Leaf Extract, Gum Arabic, Ester Gum, Resveratrol Root Extract, Cholecalciferol (vit D3)
Don’t get me wrong, there’s stuff in there I had to look up and I’m not advocating this be your go to drink of choice (that SHOULD be water.) But I liked the fact that the artificial sweetener (Acesulfame Potassium) was 8th on the list and everything before it was something I could pronounce. Let’s compare that to the first 3 ingredients with say… ummmm… I dunno… Diet Coke?
Carbonated water, Caramel color, Aspartame
*Fighting the urge to step on the diet soda soapbox*. I won’t go there, I promise. :)
So I’ve tried the Pink Grapefruit and Acai Pomegranante and enjoyed both. The flavor isn’t overbearing and at 10 calories a bottle you really can’t beat it.
Now, they claim these drinks can "ignite your metabolism." Don’t fall for it. Sure there’s caffeine in there and other "natural" ingredients that are believed to help you burn fat and control carbs (whatever that means). Just remember you aren’t going to drop 5 lbs a week just by introducing this beverage. I’m not saying they don’t do what they claim. I just know "Old Roni" would buy a case in the hopes that I wouldn’t actually have to change my bad habits to lose weight. Look at it for what it is, an artificially sweetened beverage with minimal calorie impact that can quench your thirst when you are sick of water. At least that’s what was to me and I enjoyed it very much.
Has anyone else tried these drinks? Am I totally behind on my recent discovery? I tend to find these kinds of things late. :)