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Drink More Water & Tastier Water, Sparkling Or Still, With True Citrus

Packets of True Grapefruit, True Lemon, True Lime, and True Orange water enhancers, with a glass of water
[1] Flavor your water with (from the top) True Lime, True Grapefruit, True Lemon, and True Orange (all photos © True Citrus).

True Lemon packet with wedges of fresh lemon
[2] One packet equals one wedge of citrus.

A box of True Lime flavor packets and a Margarita
[3] No fresh lime for your Margarita? No problem!

True Grapefruit packets with fresh grapefruit slices
[4] Try a blindfold test: sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh grapefruit, and sparkling water with a packet of True Grapefruit.

A box of True Orange water enhancer packets
[5] An 8-ounce glass of orange juice has 24g (6 teaspoons) of sugar per. A glass of True Orange: zero calories.
Box of True Lemon With Chicken Recipe
[6] If you don’t have a fresh lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit, just open a packet of the same True fruit. Check out all of these recipes.


Our Top Pick Of The Week is from True Citrus Company: crystallized citrus packets—True Grapefruit, True Lemon, True Lime, and True Orange—that the brand has described as “drink mix.”

To us,“drink mix” describes something from powdered iced tea to punch that we’d rather refer to them as water flavor packets or water enhancers. Or, citrus wedge substitutes. Whatever, they’re great.

The easy-to-carry packets (the size of a Splenda packet) are made from “crystallized” grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange, which the brand defines as “taste of fresh squeezed lime wherever you go, made from real lime juice and oils.

The flavor really does taste fresh-squeezed. For us, it was love at first sip.

And no more dragging home (and recycling) heavy bottles of flavored water and seltzer. That’s why…

We started out buying the grapefruit and lime, loved those so much we purchased lemon and orange, and loved those so much that we purchased the whole lemonade-limeade lime, the latter slightly sweetened and for review at a later date.

So this much is true: True Citrus packets have great flavor. What they doesn’t have:

  • NO calories, just unsweetened, fresh-squeezed lime taste that’s been crystallized and packaged in convenient single-portion packets.
  • NO sugar, artificial sweeteners, or sweeteners of any kind.
  • NO artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
  • NO sodium, MSG, gluten, soy, or GMOs.
  • Less than 1g carbohydrate.
  • Certified kosher (parve) by OU.
    Tasting is believing. You’ll be able to say goodbye to:

  • Having no fresh citrus when you want it for water, soft drinks, cocktails, or cooking.
  • Throwing away a lemon, lime, or other citrus because you didn’t use it before it dried out or molded.
    The packets are great for use at home, at work, on vacation, or just on-the-go.

    The “crystallized” powder is made from dehydrated citrus particles (grapefruit, lemon, lime, or orange), made from the juice of the citrus plus oil from the peel*. The process is patented.

    True Lemon debuted in 2003, after years of researching how to crystallize (dehydrate) the lemon juice and oils together in order to deliver a convenient, shelf-stable lemon wedge replacement.

    The proprietary process locks in the fruit’s oils & juices, capturing authentically tart citrus flavor.

    The three other citrus flavors were subsequently introduced (grapefruit, lime, and orange).

    Today, True Citrus makes more than 40 different citrus based citrus wedge replacements, unsweetened water enhancers, drink mixes and salt-free seasoning blends.

    > You can see the entire range of products here.

    Each packet takes the place of a fresh citrus wedge. All can be used:

  • Sparkling or still water, mineral water, club soda (the difference)
  • Soft drinks, e.g. True Lemon + Cola, True Lime + Sprite)
  • Make-your-own lemonade, limeade, or orangeade with sweetener of choice
  • Tea, hot or iced
  • Cocktails, when you don’t have fresh lemon or lime
  • Recipes: from beverages to mains to sides to desserts
    > Check out all of these recipes!

    In addition to our own stash, we’ve been gifting boxes to friends and family who’ve expressed the desire to drink more water. Every one of them has become a customer of multiple flavors.

    True Citrus products are available at:

  • Retail: more than 45,000 retail stores, including Target, Albertsons, HEB, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Safeway, Shop-Rite, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Wegmans, and Weis, and other retailers.
  • TrueCitrus.com.
  • Amazon.com
    The regular box of 32 packets costs around $9, or 28¢ per packet. But when you start using several packets a day—as we do—a bulk box of 500 packets is deeply discounted to a mere 4¢ per packet.

    When life hands you a [True] Lemon—or Lime, or Grapefruit, or Orange—add it to sparkling or still water and drink it!

    > The history of grapefruits.

    > The history of lemons.

    > The history of limes.

    > The history of oranges.

    *In each type of citrus peel there are cells that contain the fruit’s volatile fatty oil glands. When the peel is pressed, its oil is released.


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