The Lesser of Two Evils Ain’t Always Better
If you follow my personal blog, you know the frustrations I have faced as I wean our family off processed foods. One of the last crutches was drink mixes – the guys like them. They were happy to swill Crystal Light Lemonade for years until I put my foot down and started buying the Crystal Light Pure Lemonade instead. A year ago I had blogged about them:
Sure, it was a processed food. I knew that. I rationalized that it had to better: no artificial coloring (dyes), sweetened with a blend of Stevia (using their Truvia™ brand) and sugar instead of Nutrasweet™….the fact that it was starting to dye my beverage containers I tried to overlook. I looked the other way that it was made by the big “K” food company. It had to be better than the original was my delusion. At least it didn’t leave a thick, sticky scum in bladders and drink containers…
Until Kirk showed me something:
He was getting one of his kayaks ready for a trip and found a Nalgene bottle he had forgotten to bring in. It had been in one of the stash areas, it has been cool here, the kayak was shaded under trees. The bottle had been clean, I had made him a quart of lemonade before he went out in it and used filtered water. But in 2 or so weeks time something had happened. Something gross.
There were two blobby things floating in the water, both about the size of an egg. You could swish the bottle and they didn’t break up. I poured out some of the water to get a better look and one tried to slip out, it was like an egg white. Yet the container didn’t smell bad when open. I left the bottle sealed and came back with a glass to get better photos. Part of it was drying against the inside, you can see a streak near the numbers in the above photo. I poured the water into the glass:
Like a jellyfish floating is what crossed my mind. But what was freaky to me is that I have forgotten about bladders and bottles before, left in a backpack, sometimes in a warm car trunk for weeks, with the original CL in it and nothing like this occurred. I’d have to scrub it good and bleach the yellow dye scum but they were good to go. But weird blobs? That was new. Would love to know why it did what it did. But I can say this: I won’t be buying it again. Whatever it is, I don’t want anyone in my family drinking it! I would love to know how the blobs came to be. If anyone has a guess, I am all ears. My theory is the Maltodexterin? It is a starch……
Sugar, Citric Acid, Maltodexterin, calcium lactate. Contains less than 2% of Natural flavor, Rebiana (Truvia), Sodium Citrate, Magnesium oxide, Oleoresin turmeric (for color).