To all you Vitamin Water lovers, I hate to break it to you but NO it most definitely isn’t. I can remember when this drink first came out I feel for the marketing and would think I was being healthy drinking this “nutrient-enhanced water beverage” after all “vitamins+water=all you need” and they claim their product is “hydration only better”. Pffff ya right! Little did I know that it’s not a “nutrient enhanced water beverage” at all but but it is more like “sugar+water =all you get”. In fact it contains 33g of sugar and 125 cals for every 20 oz bottle so it ends up being more like a sports drink or pop than plain water. There was even a Vitamin Water lawsuit, check out the article on Time.com
From searching a few websites I found out the ingredients in Vitamin Water are “…a sweetener called crystalline fructose that is brought about from corn syrup, electrolytes, natural flavors, citric acid and vitamins E, B12, B6, B5, B3 and C. At other times, more ingredients are included based on the flavour needs of a particular vitamin water drink. The sweetener, crystalline fructose, is decidedly unhealthy for you as there have been concerns raised about its propensity to play a role in causing chemically produced liver damage, or hepatotoxicity. The presence of citric acid also may be a problem, as citric acid is known to wear down your tooth enamel if ingested to excess.” Wow sounds very refreshing now doesn’t it??
You might be wondering “Ya, but there are vitamins in the drink, do they benefit you in any way?” They do but not as much as you’d think. There was a study published in 2009 in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition of 12 participants found that vitamin water provided a similar nutrition for B6, B12 and vitamin C as a standardized meal with a caloric savings. So while some of the water soluble vitamins (Bs and Cs) are absorbed that isn’t clear for the fat soluble vitamins, A, D and E.
But guess what!!?? You can make your own!! If you’re not a fan of plain water and are looking for a way to ‘spice it up’ try squeezing lemon or lime juice into some water for vitamin C and potassium. You won’t reach the same levels of vitamins you do in sugar…I mean Vitamin Water, but if you’re concerned that your diet isn’t already supplementing you with enough then try a high quality multi-vitamin supplement. The best way to lose weight, get enough vitamins and minerals, be energized, increase your focus, boost your immune system (which apparently will happen by drinking Vitamin Water??) is to eat a clean, well-balanced and healthy diet loaded with vegetables and fruits, complex carbs, lean protein, healthy fats. So if you’re not doing this already, Vitamin Water will not help you feel any better 🙂 If you have any more questions about the topic of nutrition or your opinion of Vitamin water, I’d love to hear from you. I’m always looking for new ideas for future blog posts…