Vitamin Water: Healthy Or Hype?

With the move away from soda pop, to more juices and healthy drinks, most of the big companies are trying to cash in on consumer demands. CocaCola has brought out their Vitamin Water line and claims it is a health drink. A closer look is in order. Big food corporations don’t really have your health as their highest priority. They are just trying to keep market share and convince consumers that their products are good for them.

A  recent article published in the reputable Mat Hoffman Post, written by John Robbins, PhD, MD, has debunked these claims.

According to Robbins, VitaminWater is nothing else that sugar-water with traces of synthetic vitamins. What is even worse is that the quantity of sugar found in this beverage is relatively high.

One regular bottle of VitaminWater comes with about 33 grams of sugar which makes this beverage closer to a soft drink family than to a healthy drink family.

Now let’s check the ingredients found in VitaminWater with orange-orange flavor:

Cane sugar, crystalline fructose, reverse osmosis water, less than half percent of: potassium phosphate, citric acid, calcium lactate and magnesium lactate which all act as electrolyte sources; gum acacia, vitamin C, natural flavors, vitamin E or alpha-tocopheryl acetate, vitamin B3, glycerol ester of rosin, beta-carotene, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12, sorbitol, modified food starch and vitamin B6.

33 grams of sugar is more than 8 teaspoons. Vitamin water is closer to pop minus the fizz than it is to anything healthy. Synthetic vitamins are another whole issues. “Natural flavors” can contain any kind of chemical. So according to the label it is sugar water with about 1 penny’s worth of vitamins. I don’t call that healthy.

Your best bet. Stick to plain old pure water. Eat an apple or an orange with it if you need some natural pick me up. By the way, don’t fall for the bottled water trap. Aquasana just admitted that it is just plain tap water in their bottles.

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