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Healthy Food Imposter: Crystal Light
by BrandDoctorKerry

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Oh my Gawd!!!

It's the phrase we uttered most during our recent BestBrands shopping spree. Yes, your trusted food sleuths were regularly freaked out by the plethora of Healthy Food Imposters they found lurking on grocery store shelves from coast to coast.

With so many foods and drinks trying to pass themselves off as "healthy," we decided it might be insightful - not to mention fun - incorporating "The Healthy Food Imposter of the Month" award into our regular lineup. In order to be eligible for this award, a product must meet the following criteria:

Criteria #1: Extremely misleading information on the front label

Criteria #2: Three or more harmful junk ingredients

Criteria #3: Deceptive health claims (blatant or implied)

Criteria #4: A high shock value… the OMG response, if you will!

Our first recipient of this infamous award goes to (the envelope please)...

Crystal Light Immunity On The Go
Cherry Pomegranate

Serving: 5 calories, 0g fat, 10mg sodium, 1g carbs, 0% vitamin A, 0% calcium, 20% vitamin C and 0% iron)

INGREDIENTS: Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Modified Cornstarch, Natural Flavor, Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine), Red 40, Contains Less than 2% of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin E Acetate, Beta Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium and Potassium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Acesulfame Potassium, Blue 1.

Criteria #1: Extremely Misleading Information on the Front Label

These individually packaged drink mixtures are intended to be added to water to boost flavor and improve your health. The front label clearly states "Immunity on the Go" and "Cherry Pomegranate." Both terms imply that the powder will boost your immune system and provide antioxidant health benefits via the fruit.

However, after decoding the fine print, the Nutrition Facts label and the ingredients list tell a different tale.

For starters, each serving only provides 20% RDA for vitamin C, 0% for vitamin A, 0% calcium, and 0% iron; we're not really seeing a whole lot of immune boosting going on here.

Then, we find very little evidence that natural cherry and pomegranate exist in the mix. We did however find two artificial color ingredients clearly used to give the mixture the illusion that there was some real fruit involved.

Criteria #2: Three or More Harmful Junk Ingredients

We found a total of 15 ingredients - eight are potentially harmful chemical additives (junk ingredients), including:

Two artificial colors (Red 40 and Blue 1)

Two artificial sweeteners (aspartame and acesulfame potassium)

One refined sweetener (maltodextrin)

Two preservatives (sodium and potassium bicarbonate)

One thickener (modified cornstarch)

Enough said.

Criteria #3: Deceptive Health Claims (Blatant or Implied)

According to the Crystal Light Web sit, this variety is part of their "enhanced line that contains essential nutrients designed to hydrate you, energize and enhance your body's natural defenses." The site also states, "our bodies need water to function, to flush out the bad stuff…"

Really? This product is the BAD STUFF that needs to be flushed out! It's filled with some of the worst chemical additives and they counteract any benefit that you might receive from the water. In fact, this product could actually be detrimental to your health.

Oh my Gawd! (and, thus we meet Criteria #4)

Bottom Line: We found no immunity properties, no significant antioxidants (read: health benefits) and certainly no cherry or pomegranate!

Crystal Light Immunity On The Go Cherry Pomegranate exceeds the criteria needed to win our first-ever HFI of the Month Award!

Reality Check

Nothing replaces the benefits of plain old filtered tap water. It's detoxifying, cleansing and keeps you from getting dehydrated.

We recommend you save your money and stick with the real deal. You'll avoid the chemical additives that can sink your resolve to get healthier! If drinking tap water just doesn't do it for you, then trying adding a squirt of REAL lemon or orange juice to spice things up!

Remember, when you're armed with a little BrandAid know-how, you're in control at the grocery store.

Kerry McLeod is's chief Brand Doctor and a blogger here at Kerry's mission in life is to teach food shoppers how to cut through the clutter at the grocery store in order to find the truly healthy brand-name foods. If smart food shopping appeals to you, go to and sign up for free newsletters.

May 24, 2010


BEWARE: Toxins In Your Favorite Drinks!
by BrandDoctorKerry

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by Kerry McLeod
Chief Brand Doctor

Fingers on your buzzers players. It's time to play Putting Your Health in Jeopardy!

In which of the following products are you most likely to find the cancer-causing agent benzene?

A. Gasoline
B. Explosives
C. Laundry detergent
D. Tropicana Twister diet soda
E. All of the above

Cue the Jeopardy theme song… da, da, da, da, da, da… duh?!

The correct answer is E - all of the above!

That's right folks. Our food sleuths at discovered that benzene - which is listed by health authorities as a cancer-causing carcinogen - is not only found in explosives and laundry detergent, but it's also lurking in some of our favorite beverages!

Shocking, but true. The obvious follow-up question: Why would beverage manufacturers slip benzene into their products?

Don't bother scanning the label of the drinks you have in your fridge or pantry. You won't find benzene listed anywhere. What you might find is ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and sodium or potassium benzoate. Alone, these additives are considered safe. However, when combined, they react to form the scary substance benzene!

This carcinogenic combo is found in all kinds of sodas (regular and diet), as well as juice drinks like Kool-Aid Jammers, Country Time Lemonade, and several Tropicana varieties.

Check out the ingredients that create this diet soda.

Tropicana Twister Diet Orange Soda


It clearly shows that both potassium benzoate and ascorbic acid are present. So, what the heck is this drink doing on grocery store shelves?

Well, drinks like Tropicana Twister have been tested for benzene. Most were found to have benzene levels below the legal limit. According to the FDA, this means they're safe for consumption. Hmmm, can any amount of benzene really be safe?

We're already exposed to benzene from car exhaust and cleaning products so should we play with fire and consume even more in our beverages?

Reality Check

For over a decade now the FDA has been slapping the beverage industry on the wrist for failing to control benzene levels. And while existing beverage makers have been warned, every year hundreds of new beverages enter the market, and manufacturers still seem clueless about the toxic combination of benzoate and ascorbic acid.

Scores of popular beverages contain the deadly duo.

Folks, we can't wait around for the FDA to work through all the red tape and recall beverages that contain sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid. Before you buy your favorite beverage, read the label! If it contains the volatile ingredients, leave it on the store shelf and opt for filtered water or additive-free, 100% fruit juice.

Bottom line: There are over 3,000 additives used in our current food supply. Due to a lack of testing, we can't be sure that there aren't more additive combos out there imposing risks to our health.

Our Final Jeopardy question: What do the chemical sweetener aspartame and potassium sorbate form when combined?

Answer: Your guess is as good as ours!

Kerry McLeod is's chief Brand Doctor and a blogger here at Kerry's mission in life is to teach food shoppers how to cut through the clutter at the grocery store in order to find the truly healthy brand-name foods. If smart food shopping appeals to you, go to and sign up for free newsletters.

May 17, 2010


Avoid The Dining-Out Landmines: 11 Tips!
by Tracey Mallett

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If you're like me, your busy life forces you to eat out... a lot. Lucky for you, I've done the research -- and have even jumped on a few food grenades for you -- and am here with my advice for avoiding the landmines at your favorite restaurants.

Chew on this... my top 11 rules to live and diet by:

1. Do not go to dinner starving! Temptation will probably get the better of you. Instead, eat a piece of fruit or some veggies about an hour before you go out. The fiber will keep you feeling fuller over a longer period of time without the extra calories.

2. Go easy on the alcohol! Not only does booze contain a lot of empty calories but will often take away your willpower with food which often leads to overeating.

3. Push the bread basket or the bowl of chips away! The temptation is far too strong. If you're with friends, then just move it to the other side of the table out of your reach. A few warm rolls with butter or chips with guacamole will blow your healthy eating plan for the week in just one sitting.

4. Half the portions! Considering most restaurant portions are often double -- if not triple -- the correct portions your body actually needs, it’s not surprising that often we roll out of the restaurant instead of walking. Leave some food on your plate and ask for a doggy bag. This could be tomorrow's dinner.

5. Look for cooking methods such as broiled, baked or steamed on the menu! Stay away from any fried food such a tempura, which is a popular choice in a sushi restaurant.

6. No white sauces! Most white sauces are usually made from cream and butter. This will definitely add inches on your figure. Choose a tomato-based sauce. It is lighter on the calories and the tummy!

7. Chicken, fish and turkey! They are better entree choices as they're lower in fat content and are digested faster than red meat.

8. Order an appetizer as your entree! This is a great alternative if you're not feeling too hungry and want a light meal.

9. Ask for fruit as your side order! Often foods are served with French fries, which are deadly and they’re gone before you know it! Fruit or green side salads are better choices. Ask for dressing on the side.

10. Eat slowly! Enjoy your food, but give it time to go down with some nice, cold water. The slower you eat, the less likely you will overeat. Listen to your body. If your pants are starting to feel tight, STOP eating.

11. Avoid all-you-can eat buffets! Stay away! This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Tracey Mallett ( is an internationally-recognized certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She is the author of “Sexy in 6: Sculpt Your Body with the 6 Minute Quick Blast Workout.” Tracey is the creator and star of the "3-In-1 Pregnancy System," for pre- and post-natal mothers. Her newest videos are "Renew You” and "Super Body BootCamp.” The proud mother of two now lives in Los Angeles.

May 10, 2010


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