What is Vitamin Water?
Vitamin water is a bottled beverage often marketed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Most contain several added vitamins such as vitamins A,B, C, and E as well as minerals like potassium or magnesium. Some of the most popular brands are:
What’s the Problem with Vitamin Water?
Despite its misleading name, vitamin water actually has around the same amount of sugar as juice and pop. Anyone chugging these as if they were actually water, is actually pumping their bloodstream full of fructose.
Hidden Cause of Obesity
Research has shown that drinking high sugar beverages, including vitamin water is a major cause of today’s obesity epidemic. Not only do they contain really high levels of sugar, they don’t do much to satisfy hunger and cravings, and most people don’t take them into account when they try to burn off calories by working out. In other words, these sugary drinks are one of the most overlooked elements of your diet.
Inflammation and Brain Performance
Scientists have recently found that not only does sugar (in food, or as a liquid) lead directly to weight gain and risk of obesity, it’s also related to deficits in memory ability, even before obesity becomes an immediate problem. This is because high-sugar diets actually cause inflammation in some areas of the brain, affecting cognitive power.
Sneaky “No-Sugar” Versions
Some brands of vitamin water also promote zero-calorie or no-sugar versions of their product. Rather than using cane sugar, they sweeten the drink with a combination of a sugar alcohol called erythritol and stevia. While not technically sugar, these alternatives come with their own disadvantages. The following are some conditions sugar alcohol causes many people, especially when over 50g is consumed (that’s less than 2 bottles of Vitaminwater, by the way!):
What’s the Alternative?
If you’re lacking specific vitamins or minerals in your diet, it’s much better to fix that by turning to whole food options or even a multivitamin supplement. (If you’re already giving your body the nutrients it needs, just drink water!) Here’s an example. “Essential” Vitaminwater by Coca-Cola boasts being a good source of Vitamins C, B3, B5, B6, and magnesium. If you actually need to boost these levels in your diet, you can:
Get Vitamin C from pineapples, papaya, and oranges
Get Vitamin B3 from tuna, chicken, and brown rice
Get Vitamin B5 from mushrooms, avocado, and sweet potatoes
Get Vitamin B6 from salmon, spinach, and bananas
Get Magnesium from pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and black beans