Vitamins in VitaminWater Mean Little to Your Health
Posted Jul 25 2010 2:07pm
What sounds like a very appealing drink, 'Vitaminwater', is actually a beverage that contains too much sugar and too many calories, regardless of the vitamins present. Drinking your calories, especially when they come from sugar-laiden drinks, is the fast track to being overweight and eventually obese. Soft drinks fit right in with this description, being the leader in calorie-contribution to the obesity epidemic. Add all sugary beverages, other than those juice drinks that are juiced using fresh fruits and/or vegetables, and you have the single biggest source of calories that contribute to poor health and the overweight and obesity problem. Now the company that brings you Vitaminwater, bought by Coca-Cola in 2007 to the tune of around 4 Billion dollars, is being sued for the claims that have been made about the product. Here's more --
A New York judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Coca-Cola over health claims related to its Vitaminwater line of drinks, the plaintiffs announced.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington said in a written statement that Coke's motion to dismiss was rejected in federal court on Friday.
"Vitaminwater is no more than non-carbonated soda, providing unnecessary added sugar and contributing to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases," said the organization's litigation director, Steve Gardner. "We look forward to representing all Americans whom Coke has deceived."
The center contends Coke has made deceptive and unsubstantiated claims that Vitaminwater promotes health and can reduce the risk of various chronic ailments. It says consumers are led to believe the drink consists of water and vitamins when there is actually sugar added to the mix. ()
Comment: Just the name alone should be a misleading enough claim. You can put vitamins and minerals in anything and call it "Vitamin and Mineral Whatever", but that doesn't make it healthy. In fact, you should consume more plant-based foods that contain all of the nutrients and vitamins meant for us to consume, and in the right balance. Putting vitamins and/or minerals in foods or beverages, otherwise known as "Fortified", doesn't mean you are getting the nutrition your body needs. The best nutrition comes from fruits and vegetables. If you don't eat enough of those foods, it is recommended you add Juice Plus+® . You will get nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, and 2 grains, when you take Juice Plus+® . (You can also get a Vineyard Blend that contains nutrients from 9 different grapes and berries.) Either way, think twice before you decide to consume anything just because it says 'vitamins' on it. Consuming things that say nothing on them because they are picked from the ground, a garden, vineyard, or orchard, is the best choice you can make for your health...and your weight.