The Problem With Vitamin Water
Vitamin plus water. At first glance, this seems like a great idea as water and vitamins are essential to the body. However, there is more to ‘Vitaminwater’ than meets the eye.
What is in Vitaminwater?
Vitaminwater is a brand owned by the Coca-cola company. The packaging and the name of Vitaminwater is appealing to the eyes and this is probably one of the reasons why it sells so well. The product has engaging names such as Focus, Revive, Restore, and Connect.
This water is not your average water as it high in sugar; one bottle has around 33 grams of sugar.
“Vitaminwater is Coke’s attempt to dress up soda in a physician’s white coat. Underneath, it’s still sugar water, albeit sugar water that costs about ten bucks a gallon”
Steve Gardner, Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Vitaminwater may contain as much sugar as a bottle of coke. Regular use of sugar-sweetened beverages raises your risk of increased belly fat, chronic diseases and insulin resistance.
Vitaminwater is enriched with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, B3, E, B5, B6, and B12. However, research shows that most people are already getting these vitamins in their diet. These vitamins are also present in small quantities in the drink. Drinking a sugar sweetened drink to get vitamins is probably not a good idea. If you want to increase your vitamin intake, use other ways that will not hurt your health.
Vitaminwater also contains erythritol, a sugar alcohol and a type of sweetener that has fewer calories than sugar. Unfortunately, high intake of erythritol can lead to physical symptoms such as diarrhoea and abdominal gas. Some people have reported that they experienced these symptoms together with headaches and stomach aches after taking Vitaminwater.
Conclusion: There is enough research to show that Vitaminwater should not be replaced with actual water. Consistently drinking Vitaminwater can cause health complications.