Vitaminwater is being promoted as a “healthy” alternative to water. But is it really healthy? Read more about what’s really in Vitaminwater in this article from Mercola.com. – A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter
Fitness trends are surging, which is why many people are switching to healthy foods and drinks that will give them the ample nutrition and weight loss support they need. But, watch out: not all so-called “health” foods and beverages today are as healthy as they claim to be. Take Coca-Cola’s Vitaminwater, for example. Marketed as a delicious, flavored water enhanced with vitamins and minerals, this beverage is actually loaded with an unhealthy amount of fructose, including crystalline fructose, which may be more dangerous to your health than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Crystalline Fructose: The Damaging Sugar in Vitaminwater
It’s easy to become enticed to drink Vitaminwater – after all, it is endorsed by influential celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, and it has an attractive packaging and is available in several different colors and flavors. In 2009, sales of Vitaminwater reached over 142 million cases in the United States alone.
But health critics have constantly spoken against this drink, claiming that it is nothing but a calorie trap. In a report by the Washington Post, it was found that a single 20-ounce bottle of Vitaminwater contains 125 calories – just 15 calories less than a bottle of Coke!
What’s more, the so-called vitamins in Vitaminwater are mostly water-soluble types, such as vitamin C and B vitamins. They are not stored in your body, so once you absorb the vitamins you need, the excess is excreted in your urine.
The sugar content of this drink is seriously disturbing. If you drink a bottle of Vitaminwater, you are actually ingesting 33 grams of sugar – that’s over six teaspoons in one serving!
Crystalline fructose, one of the main sugars used in Vitaminwater, is said to be worse than high fructose corn syrup and agave. This is because crystalline fructose is 99 percent fructose, whereas HFCS is only 45 percent glucose and 55 percent fructose. The higher fructose levels in crystalline fructose means that the health problems associated with fructose are more pronounced.
What’s more, crystalline fructose may contain dangerous chemicals like lead, arsenic, heavy metals, and chloride.
In fact, all types of refined, man-made fructose are dangerous, as they metabolize into adipose tissue and triglycerides instead of blood glucose. Fructose also does not stimulate your insulin secretion and enhance your leptin production, which are key factors in regulating food intake and preventing weight gain. This type of sugar leads to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, belly fat, and other chronic diseases.
Erythritol: Another Potentially Hazardous Ingredient in Vitaminwater
Vitaminwater also contains erythritol, a sugar alcohol that contains fewer calories than actual sugar. Although it is significantly safer than fructose, artificial sweeteners, and other sugar alcohols, it is frequently combined with other low-calorie or artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, neotame, and acesulfame-K. In Vitaminwater, erythritol is combined with crystalline fructose.
In addition, excessive intake of erythritol and other sugar alcohols may lead to adverse physical symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal gas, stomachache, and headache.
Why Choose Vitaminwater When You Can Drink Pure Water?
It is time for you to wake up to the reality that flavored, vitamin-fortified water does nothing for your health. The healthiest drink you can ingest to stay hydrated is pure water from a natural spring. This has been naturally purified by the earth and is free of hazardous contaminants. If pure spring water is difficult to find in your area, then settle for pure water filtered by an efficient water filtration system.
Another healthful, fructose-free drink you can try is organic coconut water. Health experts claim that this is one of the best beverages for hydration because of its high electrolyte content. In fact, coconut water can hydrate you better than any fructose-loaded sports drink. The best coconut water comes from fresh, organic coconuts, and should be consumed immediately after the coconut has been opened.