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Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea Sugar Free Drink Mix Review

Updated Review Date: 06/02/2017
Original Review Date: 12/14/2011

         Peach flavored iced tea from Crystal Light is one of the more popular flavors for this brand, and like most other Crystal Light drink mixes it has some attractive features such as zero sugar, zero sodium and virtually no carbohydrates. It's not excessively high in caffeine either, containing only 15mg per 8oz. serving. Given these factors it's an acceptable alternative for diabetics or dieters that want to eliminate sugar but not flavor from their diets. But, like most sugar free drinks there are a couple of issues that keep it from being a "perfect" drink. I do have a couple of minor gripes with it that are revealed in the review, but keep in mind that these aren't show-stopper issues that would prevent most people from enjoying this flavor.
         Currently, Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea Sugar Free Drink Mix is available in 8, 10 or 12-quart size canisters (each of which contain multiple 2-quart pitcher packs), and boxes of 10, 30 and 44 count On The Go packets at Amazon.
         Alright, let's move on the review and see how Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea scores.

Nutrition Information for Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea Drink Mix

Each serving, which is 1 gram of powdered mix (8 oz. prepared) has the following:

Calories: 5
Sodium: 0mg
Sugars: 0g
Carbohydrates: 0g
Total Fat: 0g
Caffeine: 15mg

Ingredients of Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea Sugar Free Drink Mix

Both the canister and the On The Go packets have the following ingredients:

Citric Acid, Instant Tea, Corn Syrup Solids (Adds a Trivial Amount of Sugar), Aspartame (Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine), Maltodextrin, Contains Less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Magnesium Oxide, Acesulfame Potassium, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness).

The Scorecard for Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea Drink Mix

According to the four point rating system, where there is one total point for each category, Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea scores as follows:

Taste: Excellent! No sweetener aftertaste at all for me with the combination of aspartame and acesulfame potassium. The flavor is very accurate and not oversaturated with the peach taste. It's one of the better tasting iced teas I've tried. (+1)

Packaging Waste: Both the canister 2-quart "pitcher packs" and the On The Go packets use a foil-plastic pouch without a recycling number to hold the actual drink mix, so these are iffy as far as recycling goes. You might be able to find a recycling center or drop-off or a store that does accept them but you might not either. At least the #5 plastic exterior packaging for the canisters and the cardboard box for the On The Go packets are fully recyclable. Note: if you are having trouble recycling #5 plastics in your area, Whole Foods does accept them for drop-off. (+.5)

Value: The value is good and both the On The Go packets and the 12-quart canisters are priced fairly against other comparable products from the competition. The 8 and 10 quart canisters are of course cheaper and in their own price class. (+1)

Health Factor: I have a couple of minor issues with this particular flavor of Crystal Light, which are the exact same issues I had with a previous Crystal Light product review. The first is the use of 3 different additional colorings in the product (previous versions of this product actually had 6 colorings!). With many other Iced Teas available from the competition that don't use any added colorings at all, I'm in the dark here. Even though the USFDA has determined these to be safe, most people don't want to consume more than what's reasonable on a daily basis, and 3 is not reasonable to me for a drink people might consume daily. (-.25 of a point).
         The second issue is with the use of aspartame which cuts out the possibility of anyone with Phenylketonuria (an enzyme disorder) from using the product. There are newer, better sweeteners that could be used in place of aspartame which are fine for the entire population (-.25 point).
         I also wanted to note that although sodium benzoate is used as a preservative, there is no vitamin C (ascorbic acid) present so there's no worry of benzene formation/contamination for this powdered drink. And while this drink might look iffy, all is not lost here. Keep in mind that this flavor is low in calories, sodium free, gluten free and carb free, so it certainly has some redeeming qualities. (+.5)

Overall Rating: 3 out of 4 for Crystal Light Peach Iced Tea in both the canisters and the boxes of On The Go packets. Definitely worth a try if you've never had it before and it's one more sugar free drink mix you can add to your repertoire.

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