7-11 Slurpee Lite

List of Ingredients:

1. Water. This is an easy one, and it’s not surprising that it is the first ingredient, since I would expect that from a Slurpee.

2. Dextrin. A starch usually made from corn, potato, arrowroot, rice, or tapioca, this is typically used as an additive to hold ingredients together or as a thickening agent. Right off the bat, this makes you wonder what needs holding together.

3. Erythritol. While this sugar alcohol/sweetener does not provide as many calories as sugar because it is not completely absorbed into the body, a high intake of sugar alcohol in general has been found to cause gastrointestinal distress in many people.

4. Glycerin. This ingredient can be found in soap, but it’s used as a fat emulsifier, preservative, sweetener, or thickener in many manufactured foods.

5. Citric acid.  A “natural” preservative that’s used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and soft drinks.

6. Potassium benzoate. A preservative that inhibits the growth of mold, yeast, and some bacteria.

7. Gum acacia. This is used as a stabilizer.

8. Quillaia extract. An absorbent substance/food additive used in baked goods, frozen dairy products, and puddings, and as a foaming agent in soft drinks.

9. Natural flavors. Don’t know what they are?

10. Sucralose. Aka. Splenda, one of the many ways of which they were able to decrease the calories from the original version.

11. Sugar extract. Form of sugar.

12. Glycerol ester of wood rosin. Yet another food additive used as an emulsifier and stabilizer.

13. Yellow 6. This commonly used food coloring is very controversial as to its relationship with increasing the risk of cancer.


Even though a Slurpee is not considered a food, it is something that I like to enjoy once in a while…especially on a hot day. I found it very difficult to find the ingredients in the regular Slurpee. The ingredients above are those found in the Slurpee Lite. However, one can assume that the regular Slurpee has similar ingredients but with a larger amount of sugar. The amount of crap in Slurpees is gross, considering you would usually think of the product as just ice and flavoring.


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