Stomach Aches and Corn SugarI was so excited in the past when I found a flavor of Crystal Light that I hadn’t had before: Peach Tea.

The label said “sugar free, only 5 calories per serving”, and since it said sugar free, I didn’t read all of the ingredients. This was in the past when I wasn’t wise to reading all food labels like I am today. 😉

Crystal Light has never been a favorite of mine, although I did always like the lemonade and pink lemonade flavors. I have noticed before that I felt a little funny after drinking it sometimes, and it has never felt completely “right”.

The last time I had the Peach Tea flavor was quite a few months ago, and I ended up with a stomach ache, queasiness, and feeling like I was going to be sick after I drank it. It also gave me sugar cravings, so I definitely have not been drinking it lately.

I recently received a comment from Jen in which she mentioned that drinking a beverage that contained crystalline fructose made her stomach hurt. This reminded me of my own incident, so I got my container of Crystal Light Peach Tea out of the cupboard and read the full list of ingredients. Number three on the list is Corn Syrup Solids**. When you follow the asterisks, you will see it reads: **Adds a trivial amount of sugar.

My stomach ache made sense to me after learning that Crystal Light contains corn syrup solids. I got a stomach ache drinking it on an empty stomach the same way that Jen did from drinking her beverage that contained crystalline fructose. We were both drinking sugar, made from corn, and these were main ingredients of these beverages. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get a stomach ache from drinking plain ‘ole water or iced tea (nothing added, brewed at home).

If you have read any of my previous posts on high fructose corn syrup or crystalline fructose, you are aware that sugary sweeteners can be and are made from corn. It’s not that surprising that sugar can be produced from other sources than sugar cane, since you can also make sugar from beets, and there are many alcohols (liquid sugar) that are made from all sorts of food products (i.e.: potatoes, grapes, pears).

All of these (hfcs, crystalline fructose, corn syrup, corn syrup solids) are the same but different at the same time. They are made from corn and have different variations of ingredients and concentrations so they are essentially different, however they are all highly concentrated sweeteners.

Either way, my research states and my viewpoint is that they are unhealthy, and at least in my body, they don’t “work”. They give me intestinal cramps, stomach upset, queasiness, and other intestinal inflammations/upsets. I can immediately feel the upset when I eat these ingredients after being off of them for an extended period of time and eating clean like I am now.

Both Jen’s experience and mine are perfect examples of one of my previous posts, How to Use Your Intuition to Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup. In that post, I wrote about how you can use your own intuition and listen to your body to tell you if high fructose corn syrup is healthy for you or not. You don’t have to believe everything you read, your body will tell you what helps it or what hinders it. In this example, we are talking about crystalline fructose and corn sweeteners, but you can do this with any processed or fast food.

I encourage you to listen to your own body and tune in to what it is trying to tell you. If you have been eating a diet filled with mainly processed foods (that used to be me), you may have become used to the unhealthiness that these foods produce for you. I can tell you from my own experience though, that once you get off of them and eat a diet filled with whole, healthy foods that have been minimally processed, you will then have first hand experience of how much better your body feels and functions.

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