They put what in my SoBe?

I was really thirsty while waiting for my commuter train home the other day so I decided to buy a Mango Melon flavored SoBe drink at the deli. It was tasty as usual but then I made the mistake of reading the ingredients list. Why in the hell do they put Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin in a beverage? When I think rosin I think of a major league pitcher and his chalky white bag.

This stuff also has “A blend of hibiscus, ginseng & astragalus”. The first one is a flower we used to grow in our backyard, the second is a common additive these days but wtf is astragalus? I had to look it up and the top three results at dictionary.com were foot bones in vertebrates. Down lower on the list is “a large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae”. Who knows what in the hell good that’s supposed to do for my body.

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