I drink water most of the time when I’m thirsty—bottled water, since I can’t easily get to the single spring located on my property. (Those who get all self-righteous and rage against bottled water are welcome to bite their tongues.) Still, I like to sip something with a little flavor once in a while. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners, and I no longer drink alcohol (for purely practical reasons, not moral ones). I will drink sweet tea and fruit drinks, if not overpowered by TOO MUCH sugar, but I DO like my sweet tea to be sweet.
As a matter of convenience, we drink a lot of Lipton green tea (citrus). I realize that it’s sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, though, so I try not to over-indulge with it. Needless to say, I DON’T get the diet version. And, while I’m a label reader, I’m so used to seeing our processed food and drink loaded with chemicals that I don’t worry too much about it unless it’s something that I use a lot.
Today, though, I made a mistake—I re-read the label on the stuff. It said that it had only 100 calories. THAT certainly threw up a red flag! A bottle that size should have at least 175 calories and maybe up to 250. I KNEW there had to be an artificial sweetener in the corn-pile somewhere. The only chemical name that I didn’t recognize was acesulfame potassium. When I searched it on the internet, sure enough, it’s an artificial sweetener. Here I thought I was being slowly killed only by poison corn syrup, only to learn that they’re trying to do me in with a carcinogenic chemical, as well. Having to restrict my fluids, due to my CHF is bad enough; limiting myself more and more to only water is a real drag. Still, I guess I’ll be drinking less of Lipton’s green tea, in part because I get peeved being deliberately misled. © 2016