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Food Find: Function-Light Weigh

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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. :)

Function Light Weight 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. :)




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    Brian

    February 24, 2009

    Yeah, I drink these all the time and love them. The also have one called Urban Detox I really love after I have had a few drinks. Did some research on them and they seem to be legit … physician developed.

    Been getting them at Whole Foods mostly here in Austin, but see it around various places.

    Thanks for posting about these. I will have to keep and eye out for them. I haven’t ever seen them before but I would like to try them.

    Tiger G

    February 24, 2009

    The purple carrot juice ingredient made me laugh – I bought some purple carrots at the farmer’s market last summer, took them home, washed then peeled them .. big mistake, the purple is only in the skin. I felt like such a fool for spending so much more for colored carrots, only to throw the colored skin away. Totally random, I know :)

    Kim

    February 26, 2009

    @ Tiger G:

    Random sure; funny heck yes! ha ha ha. Thanks for sharing I got a kick out of it.

    Maybe just maybe I will retain the information and not do the same!

    Thad

    March 2, 2009

    Water with vitamins has been done. I’m glad to see someone coming out with something that has some research behind. I’ll check it out, thanks. Drink up; even if it has mis-colored carrots : )

    Ronnie

    June 23, 2009

    Never drink this product the morning after a night of margaritas. I was only slightly hungover when I went to get Advil. I saw these and like Roni I couldn’t resist. I bought a pomegranite-acai for myself and a blueberry-raspberry for my girlfriend who also had a slight morning-after-margaritas headache. We sat on the couch drinking our Light Weights and both of us immediately felt awful. I started hiccuping and had the worst heartburn of my life. She started feeling nauseous and curled up on a ball in the couch and it hurt her to talk. I felt terrible myself but I went out to buy saltines and ginger ale for her. As I was walking down the stairs to my car, my chest alerted me that I was definitely going to be vomiting within the minute. It was all I could do to make it outside of the closed-in parking lot, where I proceeded to puke Function-colored liquid all over the delicately-placed flowers outside of my apartment in broad daylight. The acid burned extremely bad. After getting back with saltines and ginger ale for my girlfriend, I told her that I thought the Functions must have done this to us since we were pretty much fine before drinking them. At this point, she felt like I had a few minutes before and ran to the bathroom where she too vomited up her Light Weight. The heart burn lasted for hours (for both of us). We both got sick after drinking this and felt better after throwing it up. I’m honestly pretty scared to drink that stuff again. My guess is that the acidity of the orange liquor/tequila/lime mixture the night before didn’t agree with the citric acid in the Light Weights, but I’ve never had anything like that happen before.

    Watch out.

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