Minute Maid Light Lemonade, while not entirely sugar-free, is a low-calorie, low-sugar beverage. It's manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company, which was founded in Atlanta around 1891 and built around one product: Coca-Cola.
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The company now owns more than 500 brands, including Minute Maid, selling its products in more than 200 countries. Minute Maid is most well known for its orange juice products, but has expanded its line to include other fruit drinks, such as limeade and lemonade.
Here's the nutrition information for Minute Maid Light Lemonade. (The serving size is 8 ounces, or 240 milliliters.)
- Calories: 15
- Fat: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 4 grams
- Sugar: 2 grams
- Sodium: 15 milligrams
Minute Maid Light Lemonade contains the following ingredients:
- Pure filtered water
- Lemon juice from concentrate
- Citric acid
- Potassium citrate
- Glycerol ester of wood rosin
- Modified cornstarch
- Acesulfame potassium
- High-fructose corn syrup
High-fructose corn syrup is the most commonly added sweetener in processed foods and beverages, according to the Mayo Clinic. Consuming large amounts of HFCS has been linked to weight gain, increased triglyceride levels and development of cavities in the teeth.
There are only 15 calories in an 8-ounce serving of Minute Maid Light Lemonade. Daily caloric requirements vary according to your age, sex and physical activity level.
For example, a moderately active woman, age 31 to 35 requires approximately 2,000 calories per day. One serving of Minute Maid Light Lemonade comprises less than 1 percent of her daily calorie needs.
Carbohydrates are an important part of every diet, every day, as they are the building blocks for the energy your body needs to keep working. During digestion, carbohydrates are converted into glucose, which then circulates in the bloodstream, bringing energy to all the cells.
Minute Maid Light Lemonade has 4 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of which are sugar. This juice drink is not an important source of carbohydrate for the day, but it's a low-carbohydrate beverage that can be of benefit if you're counting your carbs.
Minute Maid Light Lemonade has 15 milligrams of sodium per serving, or 1 percent of the daily value. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains Percentage Daily Values, or % DV, are based on Daily Value Recommendations, or DVR, for important nutrients needed for a 2,000-calorie per day diet.
Because caloric intake varies from day to day, the DVR and %DV should be used as guidelines to determine if a certain food contains a lot or a little of specific nutrients. The DVR is based on 100 percent of the daily requirement for each nutrient.
The nutrition label on Minute Maid Light Lemonade notes that it contains 5 percent lemon juice. Lemon juice contains a good deal of the water-soluble vitamin C, and the nutrition label on Minute Maid Light Lemonade states that the product contains 100 percent of the percentage daily value of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, meaning it cannot be made by the body and you must get it from food. Adults need between 90 and 120mg of vitamin C per day, those who smoke need 35mg more per day, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.