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Concepts in Fitness: Re-think your drink

September 9, 2019 11:38 am Updated: September 9, 2019 11:41 am


It’s hard to believe that many people (including myself) are willing to pay for something that’s free — water. For years, soda sales have been declining as Americans decided to become more health conscious, and so Big Soda responded to this decline in soda sales with bottled water.

One of the biggest scams soda manufacturers have come up with is water packed with vitamins. Cleverly disguised as a health drink, marketers are taking advantage of your growing interest in getting healthy, and they’re trying to convince you that their vitamin water measures up to the vitamins and minerals in food.

But the truth is, it can’t measure up and it is one of the worst types of bottled water you can drink. The Mayo Clinic reports this type of water is “not a nutritional supplement intended to replace a multivitamin or vitamins consumed from a healthy diet.” And if you already supplement your diet with a multivitamin, vitamin water will not provide any additional health benefits.

Another concern is the high amount (32.5 grams) of crystalline fructose in each bottle. Crystalline fructose is derived from corn (just like high-fructose corn syrup) however extra processing steps result in the crystalline product being close to 100% fructose, making it 20% sweeter than table sugar.

A 2005 study by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City showed that consuming more than 25 grams of fructose a day causes gastrointestinal distress, including stomach pain and diarrhea.

And according to an article on the Healthline website, “Excess fructose consumption may increase your blood cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, insulin resistance, fat buildup around your organs and the risk of fatty liver.”

Rather than buy vitamin water, why not make your own healthier? With nothing more than fruit and water you can make your own version made from real fruit chock full of nutrients and without any added sugar. The amount of fruit you use depends on how strong you want the flavor, but a good starting point is about two cups of fruit per quart of water.

The fruit in the water will stay fresh for about 3-5 days in the fridge, but if you’re like me it won’t last that long!

I highly recommend using an infused water pitcher, which you can get on Amazon. It stores neatly in the refrigerator with a removable insert that lets you effortlessly switch out fruit from one day to the next.

You can also opt for my husband’s favorite — SaniVi organically flavored sparkling water. It’s USDA Certified Organic without preservatives, artificial color or additives, is gluten- and GMO-free, and their bottles are PBA-free. Plus it’s made locally.

Despite being marketed as healthy, vitamin waters are harmful, disease promoting beverages that should be avoided as much as possible.

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