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Is crystal light vegan?

My dad is diabetic so he cheats by drinking crystal light lemonade instead of normal lemonade with tons of sugar so it's always in our house. I'm sure there can't be TOO many ingredients in such a processed product that are derived from anything that was NOT made by man or machine, however, I'm just wondering if anyone has any information as to the vegan content of this product.

Thaks!

I can't really help with translating ll those chemicals- i make an effort to not buy things with ingredients of the unknown sort. I've been drinking a lot of sugar free lemonade lately though using stevia. I use the liquid SweetLeaf "lemon drop" for the job, which is one of the most popular brands of stevia and one of their most popular flavors, so it shouldn't be too hard to find, but plain stevia would work too. Just juice 1/2- 1 lemon, add a cup and a half of cold water or so, and a squirt of stevia- all to taste. It's really tasty and so much more wholesome than...*Jaws theme* ...aspartame- ick! maybe you could try making some for your dad. :)

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I suggest looking up stuff about BHA online...  not that's it's not vegan, it's just really bad for you. That and I believe..."BHT" (sp?) as well.

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i'm with the gang here, vegan or not, this isn't good stuff for anyone to eat. LL makes a good point about the stevia products.the vegan lunch box noted this stuff:

http://www.naturesflavors.com/default.php?cPath=173

there is also this stuff: http://www.truelemon.com/
but i guess some aren't vegan (have milk products in them). which isn't bad if your dad isn't vegan. even with having lactose in them, if you want to try it out you can get a free sample from their page!

http://www.truelemon.com/sample.html

i like emergen-c also in water. most flavors are vegan and you get some vitamin action! i think it has a little sugar, not sure.

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I like Emergen'C too-- my fave flavors are raspberry and cranberry!

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i'm with the gang here, vegan or not, this isn't good stuff for anyone to eat.

It certainly doesn't look like anything I'd want to pour into myself...I'd rather squeeze your actual lemon! That phrase "contains less than 2% of natural flavour" sounds like "contains 98% artificial ingredients"!  :D And what in the world are "lemon solids" when they're at home???  ???

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Anyone I've ever known that drank tons of crystal light claimed to drink it because they couldn't stand drinking plain water ( I guess the 'taste' of water?). I knew a female bodybuilder a long time ago  who drank it because it was sugarfree and she needed to drink lots of water, but couldn't drink it straight.  I found it to be pretty revolting. But a lot of the things she ate/did  I found  to be pretty gross, for example she would mix oatmeal and eggs as a meal, and would eat LOTS of meat,  and would put a lot of this brown goop (self-tanner) on that looked really unnatural, but I guess they do that to really make the muscles 'stand out'. She also had breast implants because when you become so muscular you lose the 'fatty' breast tissue....  ??? The whole huge muscles on this small woman was pretty odd too.... to each his own  ::)

I forgot...she had really bad breath too because of the 'high protein' thing that causes your body to go into ketosis... :-\

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for example she would mix oatmeal and eggs as a meal, and would eat LOTS of meat, 

Ewww eggs and oatmeal? So icky! I know this isn't crystal light related but FYI, my husband is a Powerlifter (he lifts massive amounts of weight and competes in strongman competitions) and currently vegan, so you don't have to eat raw eggs and steaks to gain muscle.

In case anyone is interested:
www.veganathlete.com/
http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/

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CITRIC ACID (PROVIDES TARTNESS), POTASSIUM AND SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROL ACIDITY), ASPARTAME (SWEETENER), MAGNESIUM OXIDE (PREVENTS CAKING), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL FLAVOR, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (SWEETENER), ARTIFICIAL COLOR, YELLOW 5 LAKE, BHA (PRESERVES FRESHNESS).

Wow! Vegan or not...it sounds more like something that should be mixed up in a beaker in a science lab and used to clean a car.....not something to put past your lips (after it stops bubbling and smoking that is)! :o :D

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Dave, you crack me up--thanks for the laugh and the mental picture!! Wouldn't that make an "infomercial"???
Granted, there are so many chemicals in the water here, now--what's a few more??? :D

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i would also be weary of anything called "natural flavors".  why would you have to add natural flavors?  shouldn't they already be in therre?  and if they aren't, wouldn't you be adding an ingredient and not just the flavor?

the truth is, "natural flavors" is a category of hundreds of chemicals and additives.  there is no telling if some of them are animal products or not.  even so, that is one of my pet peeves on labels. 

did you know there are also over 15,000 different compounds and ingredients that are EXEMPT from being listed in the ingredient list?

fiona

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haha well thanks for all the input guys. I'm well aware that it's not good for me. However, it is low calorie and I don't drink it all the time. once or twice a week maximum.

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they came out with a more natural version of crystal light now, I believe. It's called Pure Fitness. I'm not sure if it's all vegan either though, I found this page through searching about whether it was or not

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