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5/7/09 2:59 P

I won't touch them. I avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague.

Posts: 538
5/7/09 2:47 P

like them...

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5/7/09 2:37 P

I'm all for it. I'm in healthcare and all the studies say in order for the artificial sweetners to have any effect on your body you have to eat it until the amounts ingested are in metric tons.

Posts: 12
5/7/09 2:33 P

I don't like to use them because of all the "junk" they have in them (chemicals, artificial sweetners, etc.)

Instead, I put a slice of fruit in my water... a lime or lemon wedge, a slice or two of strawberry, or a couple of blackberries. It gives just enough flavor so that it isn't plain water, but without all the yucky stuff in the packets.

Edited by: MESHELLEY at: 5/7/2009 (14:33)

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5/7/09 10:18 A

I don't like them

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5/7/09 10:14 A

i actually like the flavored packets because sometimes I just have to have some flavor

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5/7/09 10:13 A

I don't think sugar substitutes are very good for the body (especially when used in excess) but on the other hand, the flavour packets help some people to get in more water. Make sure you use them in moderation and you'll be fine. I use one every morning because I can't drink plain water in the morning for some reason!

Also, if you use other products that contain sugar substitues (baking, yogurt, etc) make sure that you keep an eye on how much you are consuming in total.

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5/7/09 9:32 A

That's the only way I get my water down. I flavor all my water except when I'm having water during a workout.

Posts: 1,809
5/7/09 9:29 A

agree with last poster- personally, i try to stay away from sugar but also most of the sugar substitutes (sacharine, nutrisweet, splenda etc).
an alternative that works for me is to put a fruity herbal tea bag into a bottle of room temperature water- flavored after 10+++ mins.

Posts: 2,447
5/7/09 9:17 A

I used to use them everyday until I researched the ingredients. I suggest you Google some of the ingredients and decide for yourself.....

Edited by: MARI7167 at: 5/7/2009 (09:19)

Posts: 2,166
5/7/09 9:13 A

I really like flavor packets. Some are five calories but alot better than soda and it helps when you are tired of plain water. Great Idea to me, like a life saver.

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5/7/09 9:12 A

I like them occasionally, just to break up the routine, but I typically just drink plain, icy cold, water.

Posts: 167
5/7/09 8:44 A

Love It! I still drink water however they taste great and for me they have been an excellent replacement for sodas.

Posts: 7,534
5/7/09 8:32 A

I don't like them, but if that's what it takes to get you to drink the water, then go for it!

Posts: 1,338
5/7/09 8:12 A

I use them to,love the fruit punch.

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5/7/09 5:48 A

I do not use them. I enjoy just water of tea.

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5/7/09 5:45 A

Occasionally I drink herbal tea, but I still drink 8 glasses of pure water every day. I have done this for years. Once you get into the habit of drinking it, it's not a chore.

My sister added stuff to her water and eventually her skin broke out with a rash and the doctor told her to stop drinking so much of it. But, she is prone to allergies.

Posts: 62
5/7/09 4:59 A

I dont like them at all but for people who dont like water its a great alternative

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5/7/09 4:00 A

bad, too many chemicals. I use lemon juice or tea bags

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Posts: 389
5/7/09 3:38 A

My health insurance company nurse advised me to use the mix. (Any of them) Because I don't like water.

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5/7/09 12:48 A

I love lemonade, green tea, raspberry, grape, fruit punch flavors.

I get these at Walmart or Walgreen's.

I still drink my water. This is something to make me drink more water.

Posts: 1,648
5/7/09 12:43 A

I love them rather than soda, but not to replace water!!

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5/7/09 12:41 A

I like the fruit punch crystal light mix

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5/7/09 12:39 A

Some of them taste good. One that I can think of is the Walmart brand but they are probably bad for you. Take a peek into the book Master Your Metabolism.

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5/7/09 12:18 A

good-I like both the lipton and crystal lite ones they add flavor to water for a change and have nothing "bad" in them. I don't see the point of drinking water that has calories in it.

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5/7/09 12:17 A

Nothing repaces water except water. The body does NOT recognize anything as water except water!!!

Posts: 32
5/7/09 12:08 A

ooh sounds good. I want to go get some! I didn't know they put fiber in them!

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5/7/09 12:04 A

I think they are fine! Probably best if its crystal light or another brand without much sugar

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5/6/09 10:59 P

I use flavor packets all the time -- usually all day long. This really helps me get my water intake UP. I am addicted to Peach Tea -- any brand. I like our local grocery store the best and it's BEST YET!


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5/6/09 10:10 P

When I get bored of plain-o-water, I'll put a little bit of the flavor packet in my 32 oz water bottle. I can get four or five uses out of one packet.

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5/6/09 8:41 P

I didn't even know there were flavour packets.

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5/6/09 8:37 P

I have tried them all. I did not like the Lipton or Crystal Light ones because of the Aspartame after taste. I really like the 4C brand. I usually drink plain water when I work out. I use the 4C mixes the rest of the day. My favorites are blueberry green tea and peach tea.

Posts: 24
5/6/09 8:32 P

I use at least one packet every day, because I just cannot seem to get the water I need otherwise and I've been having problems with leg cramps. I recently tried the packets with 5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, which are supposed to help offset hunger pangs. Has anyone else tried those?

Posts: 3,760
5/6/09 8:27 P

I love the flavor packets! They definitely help me get in my 8 glasses of water per day!

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5/6/09 8:25 P

Basically, your body can extract and use the water from anything that has water in it (including solid foods) to meet your water needs. So, the question is not really whether something other than plain water "counts" as water, but rather, whether the other stuff that comes with it makes it a good choice for your needs and goals.

Some beverages, such as those with high caffeine or alcohol content (both diuretics), may also increase the amount of water your body eliminates without using, so that needs to be taken into account. Some beverages provide "empty" calories (added sugar) that need to be counted, and some provided needed nutrients. Others such as Crystal Lite use artificial sweeteners to provide flavor without calories or with very little calories, which appears to be safe in moderation, but could potentially cause problems if used excessively.

Here's an article from our SP Dietitian, Becky, with more info:

Healthy Beverage Guidelines .

Hope this helps!


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5/6/09 6:19 P

In order to help me drink my 8 glasses of water, I add a packet or two during the day of Crystal Light "on-the-go" flavor packets. The box shows that one packet is meant for a 16.9 fl oz bottle of water; but my bottle is 34 oz. I add one packet to my 34 oz bottle of water just to add some flavor to it. Does this take away from the amt of water we actually intake and can count as our glasses of water?

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