Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Minute Maid Light Lemonade Tart Taste

I really love the tart and tangy taste of Minute Maid Light Lemonade Fruit Drink! The first time I tried Minute Maid Lemonade in a can, it was the regular offering which has 30 times the calories of the light version! That's 5 calories for the light versus 150 calories for the regular. Since I can drink more than one 12-ounce can in a short time period, I don't want all those calories so I now opt for the light version.

Perhaps you have read my previous blog post about my former favorite soda in a can? Although I just penned that post the day before, I was actually looking for a while to find another favorite drink. I didn't take long to settle on the Minute Maid. I have long known the Minute Maid brand for orange juice and grapefruit juice. It is only recently that I have gotten a taste for their lemonade.

Minute Maid Light Lemonade Fruit Drink in 12-ounce Can
Minute Maid Light Lemonade Fruit Drink in 12-ounce Can
I've been loving lemonade since I was a young kid growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. We actually used to make our own lemonade and sell it when we had summer parties and games with the kids in our neighborhood. We didn't do the traditional lemonade stand, but we did make a few bucks selling lemonade at our get-togethers.

What's pretty wild is that the Minute Maid Light Lemonade in the 12-ounce can tastes better than any lemonade I ever made! In my lifetime, I've made lemonade a variety of ways: from squeezing real lemons to using Real Lemon and tried Kool Aid Lemonade, Crystal Light and Country Time Lemonade mixes. None of those compares to the tangy and fruity taste of the Minute Maid.

I just never expected to have so much flavor in a soda can! In my personal opinion, this light lemonade fruit drink is probably the most flavorful fruit drinks I have ever had in a can!

What Does it Contain?

Minute Maid Light Lemonade Fruit Drink in 12-ounce Can
Minute Maid Light Lemonade Fruit Drink in 12-ounce Can
Reading the contents right off the 12-ounce can, this light lemonade fruit drink contains pure filtered water, lemon juice from concentrate, less than 0.5% of: natural flavors, citric acid (provides tartness), modified cornstarch, glycerol ester of rosin, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate and calcium disodium EDTA (to protect taste), aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, yellow #6.

3% Lemon Juice

Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine.

Sodium: 50mg - 2%
Calories: 5

Compare this to Minute Maid's regular lemonade in the can which has a whopping 150 calories!

At the moment, the Minute Maid Light Lemonade Fruit Drink is my current "replacement" soft drink for Canada Dry Diet Cranberry Ginger Ale which was my favorite until I began to investigate the red 40 and blue 1 food dyes it contains.

Minute Maid Light Lemonade is not free of food dyes as it contains Yellow #6. A recent discussion on Dr. Oz shared a report that links Yellow #6 food dye with hyperactivity in children.

In a comprehensive report prepared by The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Yellow #6 is linked to allergic reactions and to "possible adrenal and testicular tumors."

There is not only the concern over food dyes in that lemonade! Both the Canada Dry and the Minute Maid drinks have aspartame and phenylalanine. Federal regulations require that any food that contains aspartame bear this warning: "Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine."  People with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) need to avoid products that contain phenylalanine. Read more about this from the Mayo Clinic.

Discovery Kids Lemonade Stand
There is another ingredient I wasn't familiar with; i.e., acesulfame potassium. Googling it, I learned from Nutrition Express that "acesulfame potassium is a calorie-free sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar." Gosh, that sounds like a lot of sweeteners in this drink.

I think it is probably the citric acid in this drink that has excited my taste buds. After all, it says right on the can "provides tartness." To describe my tastes in drinks I would definitely use the 4-letter word of tart!

I'm not sure how long I will continue to drink the Minute Maid Light Lemonade. I must say that I do give it the edge over the Canada Dry Diet Cranberry Ginger Ale.

P.S. How about that cool lemonade stand? Gosh, I wish we had that when I was a kid! Holy smokes, when I searched Amazon, it told me over 1,900 items. That's a lot of lemonade. Check out the variety of Lemonade Mixes on Amazon!

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