I’m not the only one who has talked about this in the past of course. But after glancing at an article today I thought I would write down some quick thoughts on the subject again. My mind keeps coming back to how do you know if what you’re drinking is truly natural? Granted with many products you know that most of the ingredients are manmade in some way. But many companies even those that haven’t had healthy drinks for you in the past have jumped on the natural or organic craze. However the question remains how do you know which company is being honest with their ingredient list?
From what I have read companies are allowed to call things natural even though they may in fact be what most people wouldn’t consider natural. The rules and regulations are somewhat liberal in regards to what they can claim in regards to ingredients. I know many would argue that the United States supposedly has strict regulations and standards. It’s my opinion that the rules currently in place aren’t enforced as much as they should be. For a variety of reasons.
Without independent sources testing the claims of product vendors. Consumers are left to figure things out for themselves. This is where the internet can become a key factor in helping you to determine the fakes and phonies. It’s always amazed me that companies are unable to find ingredients that are cost effect and healthy that also taste great. Then again it’s my opinion that some of the vendors trying to give you tasty natural choices are failing when it comes to taste.
Is it really not possible to make a tasty drink with little or no sugar that comes from a truly natural source? Of course a big company like Archer Daniels Midland would argue that High Fructose Corn Syrup comes from a natural source. But after all the processing that takes place how natural is the final product? There is a big debate on how all the various processed ingredients effect your health. Many feel if the product can’t be traced back to a truly organic start then you are taking health risk. I feel that maybe a middle road can be found in this regard. It’s hard to argue that eating and drinking healthier won’t provide benefits.
I think one of the major deciding factors in food and drink purchases is cost. The more traditional sources for drink products are normally cheaper. These same products are more widely available on store shelves. So it isn’t to hard to see why people aren’t even giving consideration to alternatives. It doesn’t help matters that many of the healthier choices aren’t getting space within store shelves. In many cases when they do the products are hidden away and must be sought out.
So what do you drink and why? Are you drinking all the diet drinks full of Phenylalanine? Have you even given consideration to seeking out alternative drinks? Or are you more than happy with what you consume now?