Worst Food of the Week: Country Time Lemonade

Country Time lemonadeTHE IDEA OF LEMONADE IN THE SUMMER CALLS TO MIND kids with lemonade stands, sitting on the porch with friends, and backyard barbeques. Ice cold lemonade on a hot day is delicious and a real treat.


Country Time lemonade takes that idyllic imagery, grinds it into a powder, and captures it in a container labeled “Less Sugar than Soda” making it accessible for everyday consumption.

Is Country Time really lemonade?

Homemade lemonade is made with: Sugar, lemons, and water.

Country Time is made with: Sugar, Fructose, Citric Acid (Provides Tartness), Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Maltodextrin, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Citrate (Controls Acidity), Magnesium Oxide (Prevents Caking), Calcium Fumarate, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Color, Yellow 5 Lake, Tocopherol (Preserves Freshness).

But where’s the lemon juice?

INSTEAD OF LEMONS, COUNTRY TIME  has citric acid is making it tart, manufactured flavorings are making it “lemony”, and dye is making it yellow. It’s cheap ($3.16 for 32 servings) and quick to make, but maybe lemonade doesn’t need to be cheap and fast because it’s definitely healthier to not eat all of these chemicals.

HOMEMADE LEMONADE ISN’T EXPENSIVE (just the cost of 6 or so lemons and a cup of sugar), isn’t difficult to make, and is yummy. Your kids can help make it (instant “family bonding” time) and if you freeze it, you get delicious lemon water ice. Making a special treat from real ingredients, with or without help from the kids, is great for improving our food culture.

The bottom line: Country Time lemonade isn’t really lemonade, but a combination of processed chemical additives which doesn’t contain lemon juice. Stick with the homemade, real food version. Maybe with all that lemon squeezing you won’t want to make it every day, but who needs lemonade every day, anyway?

2 comments for “Worst Food of the Week: Country Time Lemonade

  1. Robert Gardner
    June 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I agree Country Time Lemonade did a Way better job with PINK Lemonade. :) The Yellow is just not as good. When it comes to fresh well fresher is always better and I have to agree Natural is the way to go. But I keep a couple of the other around just in case lemons are hard to come by.

    Thanks for your post.

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