The Truth About Vitamin Water

ok, so I read this morning in the news that “Vitamin Water” can no longer advertise themselves as a “healthy” choice. There is way too much sugar in it. So I looked into the nutritional info on this product and found an article from August 2007. Very informative. The alternative suggestion at the end of the blog regarding stevia is something you might want to look into. I’ve been using stevia in my coffee and LOVE it! Watch your sugars please and have a great week! – Justin Flores

It’s time to face the facts about vitamin water. It gives the illusion of a healthy, hydrating, and rejuvenating miracle elixir with clever marketing.

The cold, hard truth is… Vitamin Water is fortified sugar water. Check the label yourself. Let’s take a look at “defense.”


Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 8 fl oz; Servings per Container 2.5
Calories 50
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
Total Sugar 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 60%; vitamin B3 10%; vitamin B6 10%; vitamin B12 10%; vitamin B5 10%, Zinc 10%

Ingredients:
vapor distilled/deionized water, crystalline fructose, citric acid, vegetable juice (color), natural flavor, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavor, vitamin E acetate, magnesium lactate (elecrolyte), calcium lactate (electrolyte), zinc picolinate, monopotassium phosphate (electrolyte), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), cyanocobalamine (B12)

First, let me point out that this product contains NO juice. None. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s factor in that one bottle of Vitamin Water is 2.5 servings so one bottle of Vitamin Water contain 125 calories and 33 grams of sugar. That’s more calories and sugar than a 12 ounce serving of Coke (12 oz of coke equates 110 calories and 30 grams of sugar).

Don’t be enticed by “crystalline fructose,” the second ingredient on the Vitamin Water ingredient list. It’s their own fancy name for their form of sugar, and it’s the most prominent ingredient after water!

The whole “vitamin” aspect of Vitamin Water is irrelevant. So, they fortify their sugar water with chemically synthesized vitamins. You can now purchase “Diet Coke Plus,” which is fortified Diet Coke. Because vitamins are added to a beverage, does that make it healthy? Vitamins can’t undo the sugars and additives in a beverage, and you are much better off gaining these nutrients from your diet (or a multi vitamin if necessary). Of course adding vitamins to a drink doesn’t do any actual harm, but it confuses consumers into thinking that the beverage is a healthy choice. Smart companies know how to appeal to the healthy choice crowd.

Vitamin Water is not pure poison but you know what the smartest choice is? Water. Real water. It is crucial to keep your body properly hydrated at all times, and pure water is the only way to do this. Drinks that are full with sugar only continue to dehydrate the body, regardless of their water content.

Want something sweet to drink? Try squeezing lemon or lime in pure or sparkling water. Add a few drops of stevia and you’ve got a drink that hydrates, tastes great, and isn’t full of sugar or added nonsense.

 

 

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