Natural Health Drinks Are Better Than Vitamin Water
Posted Feb 06 2011 9:24am
What do those bottles of candy-colored vitamin water really offer and are they health drinks ? A bottle of kiwi-strawberry vitamin water suggests that it will somehow enhance "focus". First, it is easy to see what is missing from the ingredients list for these health drinks, not one mention of actual kiwi or strawberries, only "natural flavor". Looking closer, it is quite noticeable that these "health drinks" are actually just dead water with artificial flavors, colors, and chemicals added.
One surprising nutrition fact to see on the label of this enhanced vitamin water is that each bottle of these presumed health drinks contains 2.5 servings, which is where the total amount of sugar can be deceiving. The nutrition fact label reveals 13g of sugar, but that is per serving. Multiply 13g times 2.5 servings and you end up with 32.5 grams of sugar in each bottle, more than soft drinks. The first ingredient listed on this vitamin water label, after the de-mineralized water, is crystalline fructose, which might best be described as liquid candy.
Let's take a good look at the actual vitamins in these vitamin water health drinks. According to the label, each serving contains 10% of your daily requirements for Vitamins A, B3, B6, B12, and B5 plus as much as 40% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C. The issue is that these vitamins are not from any whole foods like real strawberries or kiwis. It is a widely understood nutrition fact that whole foods like fruits and veggies include live enzymes, which act as catalysts for vitamins and minerals to work in the body. Without those whole food properties in health drinks, vitamins are not easily absorbed and are more than likely eliminated in the toilet. So, it is clear that none of those vitamins in vitamin water are actually being used as fuel for the body.
To truly enhance the benefits of drinking water, it is smart to search online for natural health drinks that contain live enzymes , real whole food nutrients, and alkaline ingredients rather than chemically created, over hyped vitamin water.