Dr. Wilda Reviews: Cascade Ice beverage

18 Feb

Moi received a complimentary sample of several Cascade Ice beverages including the following flavors:

Orange mango

Wild Berry

Blueberry Watermelon

McIntosh Apple

Here is a bit about Cascade Ice from Unique Beverage Company, LLC:

SEATTLE, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Unique Beverage Company, LLC invites you to capture the holiday spirit with their most popular beverage line, Cascade Ice Zero-Calorie Waters. This season, be the “hostess with the mostest” by mixing up fun and flavorful holiday drinks with Cascade Ice!

Cascade Ice waters are available for purchase in 49 states, at retailers such as Albertson’s, Safeway, Ralph’s, QFC, A&P, Raley’s, Coborn’s, HEB, Market Basket, Shoprite, Food City and Price Choppers, among many others. Cascade Ice waters are free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar. Compared to many popular soda brands which can contain upwards of 38 grams of sugar, Cascade Ice beverages are sugar-free and full of flavor.

Cascade Ice has 22 delicious and unique flavors including Cranberry Pomegranate, McIntosh Apple and Orange Mango in addition to the line’s three newest flavors, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple. The sparkling waters have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices. Cascade Ice also has a line of skinny cocktail mixers and USDA certified organic flavored waters.

http://www.cbs8.com/story/24120484/zero-calorie-sparkling-water-cascade-ice-celebrates-the-holiday-season-with-festive-drink-recipes

Moi was drinking Cascade Ice before she got the sample. It tastes good and is a fruit juice with sparking water. The issue is how much of the product is good for you.

The question is whether Sucralose is safe. Cascade Ice writes in its own blog, The Flavorful Life, Everything in Moderation: Why Sucralose is a Good Sugar Alternative:

In contrast, sucralose is the only non-caloric sweetener that is actually derived from sugar, and has been proven beneficial for those with diabetes because research demonstrates that sucralose has no effect on carbohydrate metabolism, short or long-term blood glucose control or insulin secretion. The results of hundreds of FDA studies also showed that sucralose has no harmful effect on human health.

These days, people are demanding a greater variety of low-calorie options as they try to make healthier choices. Next time you’re at the grocery store, take a look at the ingredients to make sure they make the cut!

http://cascadeicewater.com/blog/2011/02/07/everything-in-moderation-why-sucralose-is-a-good-sugar-alternative/

However, Christian Nordqvist of Medical News Today wrote in the article, How Safe Is Splenda (Sucralose)?

Splenda (sucralose) is being downgraded from “safe” to “caution” after an Italian animal study linked sucralose to a higher risk of developing leukemia. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says it awaits the Italian study’s review before deciding what long-term safety grade to assign to Splenda in its Chemical Cuisine guide to food additives.

Hundreds of millions of people globally use artificial sweeteners, which are commonly found in a wide range of food and drinks, including food for diabetes, cakes, milkshakes, soft drinks, and even medications.

The steadily growing problem of obesity and type 2 diabetes in developed and middle income countries has led to rising demand for reduced-calorie foods and drinks. However, the growth of the artificial-sweetener market has brought with it concerns among consumers regarding the potential health consequences.

Italian study linked a lifetime of sucralose consumption to leukemia risk

Dr. Morando Soffritti, director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy, and team fed 843 laboratory mice varying doses of sucralose from when they were fetuses until they died.

Post-mortems showed an association between leukemia risk and lifetime sucralose consumption – the more sucralose they consumed, the higher their risk of leukemia.

Dr Soffritti said:

“Our early studies in rats showed increases in several types of cancer, and, in our most recent aspartame studies, we observed a statistically significant increase of liver and lung tumors in male mice. This shows aspartame causes cancer in various places of the body in two different species. Health concerns over aspartame are leading consumers to switch to the widely promoted alternative: sucralose.

Now that we have found evidence of a link between sucralose and cancer in mice, similar research should be urgently repeated on rats, and large scale observational studies should be set up to monitor any potential cancer risk to human health.”
Dr Soffritti says that children and pregnant mothers should avoid consuming artificial sweeteners until appropriate studies clearly show there is no cancer risk.

On an online communiqué, CSPI added that the only long-term feeding studies on sucralose in animals, before the Italian one, were conducted by Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Splenda.

As things stand at the moment, these are the gradings CSPI gives to artificial sweeteners:

  • Splenda – caution
  • Saccharin – avoid
  • Aspartame – avoid
  • Acesulfame potassium – avoid
  • Rebiana – safe

CSPI adds that it would be useful to have further testing done on rebiana……                                                http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262475.php

Moi agrees with Cascade Ice. This is a tasty product which should be used in moderation.

Other Reviews of Cascade Ice:

Bev.Net

http://www.bevnet.com/mobile/reviews/cascadeice

Criticisms of Cascade ice

Fooducate

http://www.fooducate.com/app#page=product&id=F06D7F8C-4671-11E1-AFF9-1231380C18FB

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