Ever check the list of ingredients on a bottle of Vitamin Water? If you do, you’ll see why you are doing yourself more harm than good by drinking it. Keep reading to find out the real truth about the new “vitamin enriched” beverage trend.
Have you noticed the backlash against sugar-laden or artificially sweetened carbonated soft drinks that’s been brewing over the last few years?
It’s because consumers have finally started to understand the hazards of consuming these beverages, and their link to the increasing levels of obesity we’re seeing in children.
In fact, U.S. sales of carbonated soft drinks dropped for the first time in 2005, and the trend has continued since1.
As a result of slumping profits major soft drink companies have come up with a dangerous scheme to try to fool you, so you continue buying their products.
You’ve seen the new “vitamin enriched”, so-called “healthy” or improved versions of beverages popping up everywhere, right? Well, these drinks are anything but healthy.
If McDonald’s came out with a new and improved, “vitamin enriched Big Mac”, would you think it was healthy? How about if someone tried to convince you that you should drink vitamin enriched poison? No?
As ludicrous or far-fetched as these examples sound, Diet Coke Plus is really no different.
Adding vitamins and minerals to an unhealthy product like Diet Coke is a marketing tool and a ruse designed to make you and your children think that what you’re drinking is good for you, when it’s not at all.
First of all, Diet Coke Plus, just like Diet Coke, is currently sweetened with aspartame, a dangerous neurotoxin that has been shown to contribute to:
The added vitamins and minerals – which are of questionable quality anyway - do not make up for the dangers of consuming Diet Coke Plus. (Coke has petitioned the FDA for approval of stevia but it has not been granted yet.)
Furthermore, all colas including Coke and Pepsi are very acid forming beverages. You know how bad that is for your body but have you stopped to think of what happens to vitamins and minerals after weeks or months in that acidic environment of a carbonated beverage?
Well, the acid breaks them down, so that by the time you consume them in something like Diet Coke Plus, they are virtually useless to your body.
What is most wrong and downright sinister about vitamin-enriched waters is how especially deceptive they are.
At least with Diet Coke Plus, the average health conscious consumer might make the connection that if “Diet Coke” is unhealthy, anything close to it can’t be that much better.
Not so with vitamin water. Everyone knows that you can’t outdo water for a healthy beverage, and vitamins and minerals added to water make it sound like a panacea for good health.
Plenty of consumers are falling for it - a new “vitamin enriched” brand of water seems to be hitting the shelves every day.
Let’s take a good look at the first three ingredients of one of the most popular ones, Glaceau Vitamin Water -which was bought by the Coca Cola Company, by the way:
In addition to these top three ingredients, Vitamin Water also lists:
Once again, the addition of synthetic vitamins and minerals to what is essentially sugary, or artificially sweetened water, is not a recipe for good health.
That said, we completely understand that many of you find plain old water boring and tasteless.
You don’t need to sacrifice your health to get tasty and refreshing beverages. There are many alternatives to plain old water that are not only delicious, but have enormous health benefits too.
Coco-Bioticis a natural and delicious probiotic beverage made from young coconut water that will support your health. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial microflora. Best of all, you can combine it with sparkling water, a squeeze of lime and a few drops of Stevia to make a refreshing beverage that beats soft drinks on all levels!
Body Ecology has many options for you if you don’t like drinking plain water.
For example, make a great health drink by combining a few ounces of one of our delicious probiotic liquids and sparkling mineral water. Add some all-natural and healthy liquid Stevia to sweeten, and even a splash of lime or lemon juice for some zing.
One of our most popular probiotic liquids is Body Ecology’s Coco-Biotic, which helps improve digestion, eliminates cravings, cleanses your liver, and gives you energy.
In addition, Coco-Biotic is full of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial microflora that will help you absorb nutrients better and help prevent mineral deficiencies.
If you’re looking for non-carbonated options, start with some good, clean water. For further information, read: The Best Water to Drink, and he Types That Should be Avoided
Then, find an herbal tea you like, brew it, and drink hot or cold. Not only are herbal teas found in a variety of delicious flavors, they are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. You can add more flavor to them with Stevia or Lakanto, lemon, or lime.
Don’t forget that the best way, unquestionably, to ensure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need is to eat a wholesome diet that includes plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, supplemented with the right grains, meats and fats.
And any of the healthy beverages we suggest above, will only serve to enhance your health, happiness, and longevity.
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