Sparkling Ice: New trend, Old tricks

November 12, 2011 |

This is a good new trend – to satisfy consumer’s demand for healthy foods and soft drinks. Indeed, it looks like the CSPI‘s Food Day Message Reaches Millions! Here is another “ZERO calories” beverage with a vitamin composition similar to the recently reviewed Propel ZERO. But the old trick is an artificial food colorant, FD&C Red #40, added in the amount of about ~ 50 mg into every bottle of the Sparkling Ice. According to the Feingold Association  even 20 mg of an artificial colorant may trigger severe ADHD, allergy or asthma reactions in sensitive children or adults. Please watch this nice video: Change Behavior By Changing Your Grocery List.

DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!

Sparkling Ice Blackberry: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Sparkling Ice Blackberry: Risk, Nutrition and Dye Content

Stated value:  Zero Calories Black Raspberry, Naturally Flavored Sparkling Mountain Spring Water; With Essential Vitamins and Antioxidants. Contains 3% juice.

True value:  The value claims are correct. At least the manufacturer, Talkingrain Beverage Company  does not lie to us.  But it does not make a big sense to use mountain spring water if you deliberately contaminate it with a chlorinated hydrocarbon, sucralose, potentially toxic sodium benzoate and an azo-dye, Red 40. So do not be misled; red color of the beverage comes from 47 mg of Red #40 per bottle, not from the berries.

For ZERO calorie you will take bad risk associated with the foreign chemicals  DDFI = 23/18 ~ 1.3 and you get low nutritional value of DDNF = 18/31 ~ 0.6 despite a bunch of vitamins and antioxidants added.

A better choice: Mineral water!


ZERO Calories S. PELLEGRINO Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

ZERO Calories S. PELLEGRINO Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

This mineral water you can find at your local Walmart store for $1.50 a bottle. Without issues associated with sucralose, artificial colorants and preservatives this is superior thirst quencher. Make less risky food choices and hydrate yourself right!

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Category: Food Dyes Exposure, Soft drinks, Zero calories

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  2. Sparkling Ice is now sold at Costco and that’s where I purchased it.

    I read this article afterwards and send a message to Talking Rain to request that they take out the artificial dyes and replace it with something completely natural.

    I thought the idea for the drink was fun but the ingredient list has since turned me off.

  3. Jon Wang says:

    Is there any Sparkling Water with natural coloring that you know of?

  4. Lynette says:

    My daughter had a huge allergic reaction to the Sparkling Ice Orange drink. I checked out the ingredients and concluded it was either the Maltodextrin or the dye. She is a Celiac, but also has dye allergies. Thanks for the article, it’s very informative!

  5. Marianne says:

    I loved Sparkling Ice – it helped me quit drinking Coca Cola. It was a godsend. I noticed, however, that after drinking the black raspberry one, that my bowel movements were red! I asked my doctor about this on a routine visit and that I suspected it was the dye in that drink. She said I was probably allergic to it. I’m not so sure I am allergic to it – but am possibly – but there’s so much dye in it that I am sure your body just cannot handle that much dye! I ordered Talking Rain’s Sparkling Mountain Spring Water which has no dyes, sweeteners, etc… but it’s AWFUL. TERRIBLE. It tastes like Seltzer water – nothing else. Even the flavored ones in it taste awful. I guess I’ll stick to water and iced tea.

  6. Shawn says:

    I will no longer expose myself or my family to their bright red toxic waste drink sold as Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice, and I will be sure to check the labels of other products that contain the same Red Dye #40.

  7. John says:

    Mineral Water is what rich people drink, I would know, I am first class.

  8. Amanda says:

    I am fairly positive that I just had an allergic reaction to the Cherry Limeade flavor. My lips started tingling the second the bottle hit my mouth, and within the hour, my lips were swollen and inflamed. I messaged Sparkling Ice on Facebook, and they asked me to call or email their customer service, I sent an email and haven’t heard back. It’s pretty alarming that a product being sold as water can cause that kind of reaction in someone.