At long last a product that thoughtfully labels something at 100% non-GMO, is gluten free, and uses stevia and luo han guo fruit as sweeteners. In case you hadn’t heard, stevia is a South American herb, while Lo han guo is a Chinese fruit. Both have been used for hundreds of years, neither causing elevation in blood sugar thus making them desirable for diabetics and for prevention of a mid-work-out bonk. This is stellar news for Crystal Light lovers, who have been sucking down the now Monsanto-produced aspartame since the 1970s. Yellow 5, which was banned in the UK in 2007 following a major study published linking food colorings with hyperactive behavior in children, is another ingredient sports drinkers can now live without, as Ultima Replenishers are colored with vegetables, like beets.
What to try: Grape flavor - it actually has grape skin and all the polyphenols that go with it.
Jess Kelley is a Master Nutrition Therapist and has a private practice in Durango, Colorado. She is also the Managing Editor of Edible San Juan Mountains Magazine.