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August 10, 2011 9:03 AM
I drink A LOT of Crystal Light, mainly because I don't like drinking water. A little bit of flavoring helps me so I can stay hydrated and at least get some water intake.
My question though is, is it really the same as just drinking water? Am I still getting the beneficial results as I would be if I was drinking just water? I know these probably seem like stupid questions but I honestly don't know the answers and would like to know if I should drop the Crystal Light and just maybe have water with a little bit of lemon juice instead!??
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August 10, 2011 9:08 AM
You're better off drinking water with lemon in it!
August 10, 2011 9:10 AM
well i would say if it is getting you to drink water, then its better then nothing. It does contain alot of artificial flavors that are not good for you, so you kind of have to weigh the good and the bad. crystal light + lots of water is good, no crystal light and very little water is bad.
August 10, 2011 9:10 AM
you are way better off drinking plain water, crystal light uses aspartame which is known to cause cancer, i stay away from anything with aspartame in it
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August 10, 2011 9:11 AM
www.foodfacts.com

Great website I've found helps me decide if something is really good for me. You can type in "crystal light" and see what it says about that product. Hope this helps!
  6347983
August 10, 2011 9:11 AM
I think you're losing a lot of the benefits of plain water. Sure, you're staying hydrated, but you can do that with any beverage. There's nothing like plain water to help weight loss and flush toxins. Do you make yourself exercise when you don't want to? Then why not make yourself drink plain water, even though you don't want to. Years ago, I hated water. But making myself drink it, now I love it. Maybe it's an acquired taste for some, but it's so essential!
August 10, 2011 9:12 AM
If it gets you to drink water; go for it.

Do your own research on artificial sweetners. You'll probably find as many "for" as you will "against". I personally just limit them in my overall diet. Mostly because I seldom like the taste.
August 10, 2011 9:12 AM
Crystal light is tasty, and I drank it for awhile, but then I read the ingrediatns. it has fake sugars and fake flavors and a lot of additives. Fake stuff like that isn't good for your body :(
Water with Lemon is good, also tea is good. made from loose leaf or the bags.
you can make a ton of it hot (I use my coffee pot) and chill it and drink it cold. if you don't add sugar
then theres flavor and no real calories.

Also some of the crystal light flavors made me sick.
August 10, 2011 9:12 AM
Nothing with artificial sweeteners is better for you (artificial ANYTHING for that matter). Plain water will always be better for you over any flavored drinks. I can only drink Crystal Light once in awhile and I really can't stand diet drinks because I can taste the sweetener. I would say sweetening your water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime will aid in the lack of flavor issues. Plus, it's a natural thirst quencher.
  9196653
August 10, 2011 9:13 AM
QUOTE:

you are way better off drinking plain water, crystal light uses aspartame which is known to cause cancer, i stay away from anything with aspartame in it


My thoughts exactly. Not to mention, aspartame gives me headaches.
  9196653
August 10, 2011 9:14 AM
wow. Thanks. Crystal Light --out you go!
August 10, 2011 9:15 AM
I was addicted to soda all my life then june 14th after a melt down in the fitting room at sports authority.. I gave up all soda's & started just drinking water & milk... I lost 5 pounds... I then started drinking crystal lite more than water... I gained back 3 pounds... Stay with water most of the day.. have 1 glass of crystal lite with one of your meals.. this way you limit yourself.

Hope this helps .. add me as a friend if you want a buddy

Lynda
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August 10, 2011 9:16 AM
Yes, it does count as water...kind of. Your body needs water to digest everything that you put into it, caffeine, fat, calories, etc. Crystal light has 5 calories, right? So, you would need a small amount of water to digest those 5 calories then the rest would just count as water. If that is the only way for you to drink water, than go for it. However, I don't feel like artificial sweeteners are the way to go, I was told that even though there are no calories in artificial sweeteners that your body still digests it as sugar...so not too sure. Good luck on your journey.
August 10, 2011 9:16 AM
Water with lemon in it is better for you, no doubt. Crystal light has artificial sweeteners in it and some studies have shown that they actually make you feel hungry.
I was the worlds worst about drinking water. I knew the benefits, I just couldn't stand it! I bought myself a brita pitcher so that my water tastes good and made myself DRINK! It was hard because I was giving up a life long Coca-Cola habit. But the results have been awesome!
August 10, 2011 9:18 AM
I've been using Mio sparingly..just for light taste...I dislike water straight and I can't keep it cold all day at work.
So for now it stays while I am losing...when I get further down I am going to have to re-access the situation and try to keep plain water cold all day.
  2249053
August 10, 2011 9:21 AM
Lets face it we know water is the best for us! I know that it is bad to drink diet pop and crystal light! You should try to drink as much water as you can but if Crystal light is what helps you then try to make it a treat! Once a day. Before you know it you will only be drinking it every once in awhile and not everyday. Please though if it is helping you right now then keep up your hard work and work that into a thing to stop later. I did not make all of my changes over night and there is still sometimes when I change things now anyway! Water is good for flushing your system and it also helps with the elastisity of your skin (the bounce back so that you don't have flabby skin). So it up to you but I know many will tell you its not good to make that your main source of intake. Used to not drink any pop but now I drink diet pop and I am fine with it. Many of us do things bad for us....Smoke, Drink, Drugs maybe and we know its bad for us. We still live on and still get through life. Do what you can and keep going!
  5839653
August 10, 2011 10:29 AM
I drink those types of drinks every so often. In moderation, anything is okay. :)

Have you tried fruit in water? EVen a few strawberry slices, orange slices, peach slices, lemon, lime, etc give the water the essense of the fruit without adding any calories or artificial flavorings :-)
  2864183
August 10, 2011 10:42 AM
Actually, I asked my doctor the same question! She said, it is a great way to get enough water in your diet if you don't like water. I trust her!

I also read this: http://caloriecount.about.com/crystal-light-vs-water-ft12633

Hope it's helpful.
  10152444
August 10, 2011 10:43 AM
QUOTE:

you are way better off drinking plain water, crystal light uses aspartame which is known to cause cancer, i stay away from anything with aspartame in it

It has not been shown to cause cancer. Please do not spread untruths.
August 10, 2011 10:47 AM
I drink their new product called Crystal Light Pure. It has no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, etc and uses Truvia in place of aspartame. A single packet runs about 30 calories and I split that between two tall glasses of water.
Edited by scubacat On August 10, 2011 10:48 AM
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August 10, 2011 10:51 AM
I have a hard time keeping it lit... oh...oh light... crystal LIGHT... nevermind
  716078
August 10, 2011 10:57 AM
I always think this question is a little silly - if you drank a glass of water and then ATE a packet of crystal light (like a pixie stick) it's not like it undoes the fact that you still drank a glass of water :-)
August 10, 2011 10:58 AM
drinks like that can also trigger headaches
August 10, 2011 11:01 AM
Read this!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/29/diet-soda-weight-gain_n_886409.html

flowerforyou
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August 10, 2011 12:07 PM
Most of the time I drink Crystal Light because I find it coming down to that, or nothing. Not that I'm a stubborn anti-water snob or anything, just because I forget to drink. I'm trying to switch back to water, and I love a quick squirt of the Mio for that.
But hey, it's water. Sure, it's got other stuff in it, but it is still hydration.
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