Is WalMart adding calories unnecessarily to your daily intake??????????????

Monday, December 28, 2009


As a part of my daily fluid intake, my Internist told me that as long as a drink was water based, I could probably count it as water. I had found that WalMart was selling the GV generic of CrystalLight and that I found it to be a great value and it was ZERO calories per serving.

As with everything else they sell under the GV brand, the packaging recently changed, but with this product, the CALORIE count changed too. It has gone up to 5 calories per 8 oz. serving. I contacted WalMart about this and here is their response.

"Thank you for your message.

Dear Betsy,

Thank you for contacting us about our Great Value 12qt Drink Mixes. Walmart strives to provide quality products to our customers along with great prices. In reference to your inquiry on the nutritional statement of this product, we would like to share with you that this product has been reformulated to match the national brand in flavor, color, and ingredient statement.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. You may also contact us by visiting and clicking on the contact us link or by phone @ 1-877-505-2267. For future questions regarding product ingredients, nutritional facts, preparation instructions and more, click the grocery link at


Benjamin Werkheiser
Great Value Customer Contact Team"

I want you each to know that WalMart has added calories and I guess it's up to us to let them know we DO NOT NEED EXTRA Calories. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take a moment and let them know. Their contact info is included in the response email above.

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    I will have to check my labels a little closer to see if they went up. Thanks for the info.
    3984 days ago
    Betsy, That is great info on their drink. I personally picked up Crystal Light drinks today to mix myself. Maybe I better read the labels better....never realize what they might say or mean to say. Maybe its gone up in calories per serving too???
    I also heard on a TV show today about a man who called Tyson Chicken company to see if he could visit their plant to see how they fix their frozen chickens to sell in the grocers, because he is interested in the nutritional value for his family. They said, "No". UMMM ...makes ya wonder!!
    3985 days ago
    It seems these days that the only way you can be sure of what goes into food is to make it yourself, and that's not always practical in this modern age. All we can do is be vigilant in reading the labels.

    Good luck with getting Walmart to change their product back.
    3985 days ago
    We should always read every label. Companies don't always announce when they do a reformulation of something we use and love.
    3985 days ago
    True when they are competing with the national brands they want their product to taste as good or better so we will continue to shop their products.
    I don't see that they did anything wrong by informing us of the change, now if they did not tell us of the change then yes they could be blamed.
    They are trying as with all the other companies to keep us informed right on their product packaging. Thank you for sharing. Sandy
    3985 days ago
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    I think this proves that we need to be vigilant at all times and never take for granted an assumption that 'calorie free' is really calorie free. I count carbs, too, and I cannot tell you how often I find something that is 'diet' and low calorie is so high in carbs that one serving would use all my carbs up for one day. We need to be educated consumers and protectors of our own food intake. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3985 days ago
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