No matter how many times we’re told that water should unequivocally be the beverage of choice, the other options that keep popping up on the healthy drink landscape are just too tempting. But, are the health benefits of Vitamin Water, Coconut Water and other “vitamin-enhanced” waters too good to be true? Here The WALK breaks through the clutter of these thirst-quenchers and tells you all you need to know.
1. Coconut Water
There are three big producers: O.N.E by Pepsi, Zico by Coke, and Vita Coco. Coconut water contains two minerals that help balance fluids in the body — sodium and potassium. The big deal about coconut water is that it packs a potassium punch — which is important for heart health, blood pressure regulation, and other body systems. But coconut water is not magical; there’s plenty of potassium we can consume elsewhere, and if you run on a healthy diet, you’ll get all the potassium you need from foods such as bananas, potatoes, kidney beans, lentils, spinach and papaya. Next time you crave coconut water, think about varying your meals by including one of the ingredients above.
2. VitaminWater Zero
This stuff is the calorie-free version of the original line of VitaminWater and is available in seven flavors with names that sound more like a health spa menu of services (Recoup, Rise, Revitalize) than bottled beverages. VitaminWater Zero is calorie-free, making it a better option than the original line for those watching their waistlines. It has no artificial sweeteners, but is instead sweetened with Truvia and fructose, a natural fruit sugar (although there’s not enough fructose to even register a single gram of sugar on the nutrition facts label).True to its name, each 8-ounce serving has 100 percent of the daily value (DV) for vitamin C, and at least 40 percent for a handful of B vitamins – along with the occasional boost of 10 percent DV for a few other vitamins and minerals.
3. Dasani Plus, Vitamin-Enhanced Flavored Water Beverage
Take a look at the front label. It seems to imply the product is extremely “healthy”. You can’t help but imagine this water is enhanced with super vitamins that will defend and protect your health! But upon reading the fine print, it becomes clear that the only thing this water will defend and protect against is being healthy. See for yourself.
Ingredients (chemical additives are in bold): Filtered water; Natural Flavors; Citric Acid; Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate and EDTA (to protect taste); Phosphoric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Ginseng Extract, Zinc Gluconate; Sucralose; Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E); Yellow 5; Red 40
Overall, water still reigns king. But, if you’re craving something to switch it up, Vitamin Water Zero might not be a bad choice.