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Lawsuit Alleges That LaCroix Contains Insecticides, Here’s What We Know

Popular sparkling water brand LaCroix is in the middle of a lawsuit for allegedly containing a key ingredient found in insecticides, but labeling their water as “all natural.”

According to a statement from Beaumont Costales, the law firm suing LaCroix’s parent company Natural Beverage Corporation, tests revealed that there were a number of artificial ingredients in the popular beverage brand. These ingredients listed were identified by as “synthetic” by the Food and Drug Administration.

So here’s what people see on the back of a LaCroix can:

  • Carbonated water
  • Natural flavor

A pretty simple combination, right? So what’s the problem?

In the lawsuit, the chemicals under “natural flavor” identified were limonene, linalool propionate, and linalool. Limonene is known to cause tumors and kidney toxicity and linalool can be found inside cockroach insecticide.

When news of the lawsuit broke, many people on our social media disavowed LaCroix for their alleged “shadiness.” The company, however, publicly denied all of this.

To mollify the masses dumping their LaCroix in the trash, Popular Science broke down the three “synthetic” ingredients listed in the lawsuit so consumers would have a better idea exactly how dangerous LaCroix actually is. Spoiler alert: It’s not.

Limonene

Limonene is a “naturally occurring chemical” that’s derived from the oil of citrus peels. The Food and Drug Administration lists limonene as safe in food, where it’s commonly used as a flavor and fragrance. There is little evidence that the chemical is cancerous to humans (though some in rodents), and some studies have even shown that it helps battle cancer.

Linalool

PubChem states that linalool is another “naturally occurring” agent found in flowers and spice plants. This includes herbs, cinnamon, mints, and laurels. While it is used in insecticides, PubChem advocates that it isn’t necessarily harmful to consume. The only side effects are mild eye and skin irritation, where someone eating spicy foods would experience the same results.

Linalool Propionate

The final ingredient linalool propionate, or linayl propionate, is found in ginger and lavender oils. The chemical ingredient is also said to be used as a means to help treat prostate cancer. Popular Science notes that the lawsuit’s statement of linalool propionate battling cancer cells really doesn’t do much for their argument.

So where does this leave the casual LaCroix drinkers worried that they could be pounding chemicals into their bodies?

 

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Facts on the table, it sounds like LaCroix is still safe to drink. While we won’t really know if the ingredients found in LaCroix were derived naturally or synthetically until a full investigation is launched, the quantity used in a can appears to be nothing to stress over.

The National Beverage Corps has since snapped back at the lawsuit, stating that it was filed “without basis in fact or law regarding the natural composition of its LaCroix sparkling waters” and that the parent company “will vigorously seek actual and punitive damages among other remedies from everyone involved in the publication of these defamatory falsehoods.”

We’ll see in the weeks to come where this case leaves sparkling water brand.

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Costco’s New Sparkling Water Flavors Are Just Like LaCroix…But Are Half The Price

When it comes to sparkling waters, there’s no name bigger than LaCroix. With flavors like pamplemousse (OK, OK it’s just grapefruit) and key lime, it’s the brand to stock in your fridge. However, devoted fans might find that keeping themselves stocked with the stuff can get pretty pricey—especially if you sub several cans of LaCroix for your daily dose of H2O (speaking of—are you getting enough?). But Costco shoppers, rejoice! The brand has released an alternative to LaCroix at a fraction of the cost.

Costco’s less expensive alternative

Costco released three new flavors of Kirkland Sparkling water: lime, lemon and grapefruit. These are some of the most popular LaCroix flavors, so the brand definitely will be experiencing a bit of competition! When it comes to price, though, Costco definitely takes the case. $7.99 gets you a 32-pack of Kirkland Sparkling Water (that’s about $0.23 per can) while a 24-pack of LaCroix runs at $7.99 at Costco (that’s $0.33 per can).

How do the Kirkland flavors taste?

From what we hear, the lime and lemon Kirkland flavors taste “exactly the same” as LaCroix, while the grapefruit flavor is slightly different from LaCroix’s “Pamplemousse.” For less than a quarter a can, it’s likely worth trying these new sparkling waters if your a die hard fan of the bubbly stuff!

Speaking of, ever wonder what the difference is between seltzer, tonic and sparkling water? We’ve got the answer right here.

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Drinks Food Trends

Sparkling Probiotic Drinks Show That Adding Cultures To Food Has Gone Mainstream

Probiotics are really starting to gain some momentum in the United States. The country has become much more diverse in the products available that contain these beneficial bacteria, including some, like oatmeal, that normally don’t start out with the microbes inside.

One of the more interesting sets of these items comes from KeVita. They’re known for kombuchas already, but are also taking a probiotic culture and turning it into a sparkling probiotic drink.

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It’s an unconventional approach from the kombucha brand, especially with how popular their original product has become. Kombucha has fast become one of the most trendy drinks in the US because of its probiotics, ease to make at home, and multiple health aspects.

So why is a company that specializes in the booch moving to sparkling beverages? Consumers are also looking for sugar-free and low-calorie drink options that taste good as replacements to Coke and other sugary sodas. It’s why flavored sparkling brands like Spindrift Soda are taking off right now and why Lacroix has dominated consumer’s taste buds in recent years.

KeVita’s kombucha packs in 70 calories a bottle, which isn’t that much, but still enough to merit a low-cal option. The new Sparkling Probiotic Drink provides that, with stevia extract used instead to provide sweetness.

In the US, the predominant health claim touted about cultured foods is their contribution to gut health. This is because the bacteria dominate our gut microbe population and help improve that area of our body. However, in doing so, the overall benefits we receive are “holistic,” as Roy Choi, the “Godfather of Street Food” and KeVita cultured foods enthusiast puts it.

We [focus on] gut health here, but probiotics can help improve blood circulation, critical thinking, and more… probiotics help across all functions, that’s what makes them so special and important.”

We would typically get these healthy boosts via kimchi, yogurt, and other naturally cultured foods. However, companies like KeVita are pushing the envelope into the mainstream and creating products like their sparkling drink that can convey those benefits too.

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Slice Is Finally Coming Back, But With A Major Change

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If there was a soda that could instantly transport us back to our youths, it would be Slice soda. Between the sweet can design and the trace amounts of actual juice, Slice was our beverage of choice as we trudged along the painful period called adolescence.

Like with Tim Allen sitcoms, it appears Slice will also be making a return to the spotlight.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago entrepreneur Mark Thomann has obtained the trademark rights of the beverage from PepsiCo and will be distributed under the new company New Slice Ventures.

Unfortunately for Slice purists, the drink will undergo a change to fit our more health conscious generation. The soft drink will now become a beverage low in sugar and calories that’s sweetened with real fruit juice.

Think of it like LaCroix, just slightly sweeter.

Kind of makes sense that they’re going after the sparkling water demographic rather than retread their attempts against major sodas.

While the new Slice product is still in development, Thomann hopes to have it available to retailers within the next six months.

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More And More Folks Are Choosing Sparkling Water Over Soda

Sparkling water is taking over fridge space that used to belong to soda. It’s not a surprise really, given that we’re an increasingly health-conscious nation (in some ways at least). We’re cooling off long days with a bubble rush instead of a sugar one, and we’re avoiding the diet versions now because of artificial sweeteners. We weren’t always like this. I mean, soda consumption went up like crazy from the ‘60s until ‘90s. But then we wised up a bit, and now it looks like we’re finally putting our wallets where our mouths are.

 

The Cracks in the Soda Empire

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While Americans still annually gulp down an astounding 12+ billion gallons of the syrupy sin, soda consumption has fallen each year for more than a decade. It’s practically at its lowest level of intake since 1986, according to The Washington Post. In the last 20 years, give or take, regular soda (not the low-fat or zero-calorie business) has decreased by 25% in sales, says The New York Times.

 

The Seltzer Skyrocket

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Yet, while we started turning down soda as an option long ago, there wasn’t exactly the sales infrastructure on the other end. That’s certainly changed with more companies in more markets. Between 2009 and 2014, bottled carbonated water jumped by 56.4%. From 2010 to 2014, sales of Sparkling Ice alone went from $27 million to $550 million. Between 2009 and 2015, LaCroix Sparkling Water sales tripled.

 

Big Soda’s Next Move

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Given all this, it shouldn’t raise eyebrows that The Coca-Cola Company announced in last year’s Q4 that it would begin selling a carbonated version of its Smartwater brand. The company wasn’t totally threatened by still water, but carbonated water, flavored especially, can in some ways replace some of what we as a culture enjoyed about soda in the first place. The numbers have been showing for a good spell, which is why Coca-Cola launched flavored carbonated water under their Desani brand as early as 2013. The same mentality goes for PepsiCo, which, also in last year’s Q4, told the public it’d be launching flavored sparkling waters under its Aquafina brand this year.

 

The times are changing, and it actually looks like it’s for the better—for our bodies, mind, and spirit, anyway. Tastebuds might be kind of bummed.

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Jones Soda Debuts Sparkling Water in Four Flavors

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The Jones Soda company is taking a stab at creating healthier beverage options for their consumers by creating a line of sparkling waters. Parents are going to love that, amiright? Jones Soda was my favorite soda growing up. This was largely due to the fact that it was a rare sight for a 12-year-old without a car back in the day. Now they’re found pretty much anywhere.

The Sparkling Water is available in four different flavors: Berry Lemonade, Fufu Berry, Strawberry Lime and Green Apple. Available in 8-ounce cans, the water only comes in natural flavors with no extra colors, sweeteners or artificial preservatives. One can find the Jones Sparkling Waters at Target stores throughout the “West and Mountain regions.” They can also be purchased online at the Jones website.

The soda will be available in packs of four.

H/T Brand Eating

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Student Arrested for Buying Sparkling Water Mistaken for Beer, Receives $212,500 Compensation

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Last year, college student Elizabeth Daly was arrested by ABC agents after leaving a Virginia supermarket. Daly, who was under the age of 21 at the time, was believed to be purchasing a carton of beer with her friend. Turns out the carton Daly’s friend was holding on her way out, however, was simply La Croix sparkling water. Now it looks like Daly will be receiving a settlement for that arrest in the form of $212,500.

According to the Daily Mail, when Daly and her friend entered her vehicle, unmarked agents surrounded it, banging on the windows. Not really sure if the agents were in fact the real deal, Daly’s friend allegedly suggested that they “go, go, go” according to the lawsuit. In doing so, the vehicle grazed two of the agents.

Daly and her friend were arrested at a red light nearby. Since she was the driver, she faced two counts of assault and one count of eluding. Both of the charges fall into the category of a Class 6 felony where Daly would have to serve up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $2,500. She filed a lawsuit for alleged malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents properly and six counts of assault and battery. While Daly initially sued for $40 million in damages, she settled on the $212,500.

That can buy a lot of sparkling water.

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Frou Frou Home Living: SodaStream & Samsung Unveil Fridge With Sparkling Water Dispenser

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For $3899 you can purchase SodaStream’s newest toy: A fridge that dispenses sparkling water straight into your cup. We know what you’re thinking, “Gosh, that’s something the inner Parisian in me has always wanted.” Yes, you’re welcome, but really, you have SodaStream and Samsung to thank. The two companies teamed up to create the built-in water carbonator, which dispenses sparkling water in the same way as regular water and ice.

Like the original, smaller  SodaStream model, the fridge comes with three different levels of carbonation and is powered by the same exchangeable 60 liter bottles of CO2.

“The future is clear – there will be no more need to buy, carry, store and find a way to dispose the billions of plastic bottles and cans to enjoy fresh, delicious fizzy drinks at home.  The days of this old habit are numbered, as our technology is beating a path to a cleaner, less-expensive and healthier future for consumers and the planet,” Daniel Birnbaum, SodaStream CEO, wrote in an email to Forbes.

Judging from Birnbaum’s visions of carbonated grandeur, we’re going to guess that he isn’t a fan of Diddy and Mark Wahlberg’s new “AQUAhydrate” line.

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